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A Lake District Mountain Rescue team received an unusual callout on Saturday when they were asked to assist a dog who, alongside its owners, had scaled England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, but was refusing to move from the descent path. A team from Keswick MRT approached from the Seathwaite side of the mountain, stretchering the dog who remained ‘cool, calm and positively regal’ throughout the rescue.
Despite being quite a large dog, at 33kg it was a joy to carry such a relatively lightweight casualty
Rocky’s humans made the call at 6.25pm, and 13 team members were dispatched to assist the exhausted canine, whose owners were also beginning to feel the cold. After making the dog comfortable, the team sledged him down to safety. A spokesperson for Keswick MRT commented that: ‘Despite being quite a large dog, at 33kg it was a joy to carry such a relatively lightweight casualty.’ The rescue was the team’s 42nd so far this year and took 4 hours and 18 minutes in total.
This incident isn’t the first of its kind for Lake District Mountain Rescue teams. In July 2020, members of the Wasdale team carried a 55kg St. Bernard named Daisy down from Scafell Pike after she showed signs of pain in her rear legs and refused to move. The rescue operation took a total of five hours and 16 team members.
At 978 meters (3,209 feet) high, Scafell Pike is the highest most prominent mountain in England. Located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Lake District National Park, the mountain is popular with hikers looking to test their mettle, but isn’t to be underestimated – even by those with four legs rather than two.