A MAN climbed to the top of Wren Crag to get a phone signal to call the police, prompting a call for mountain rescue teams.
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) were called to Wren Cragg, High Rigg at 9.50pm on Thursday May 5 after a couple collapsed in a ‘precarious position’.
The team were alerted by police to an ’emergency’ at the south end of High Rigg between St John’s in the Vale and the Naddle Valleys.
Unfortunately, mobile reception was poor and no further details could be determined.
KMRT dispatched three vehicles with team members with others going directly to search first the location from where the 999 call had been made and then the rest of the southern area of High Rigg. The night was mild and dry with good visibility.
At 11:30 p.m., after discussion with the police, the search was canceled due to lack of information.
The full story emerged the next day: A couple’s car had broken down in a very precarious position and the man had to climb to the top of Wren Crag before he received a phone signal from where he called the police , but was then almost immediately cut. .
Repeated attempts failed until her phone battery ran out. But in the meantime, he had managed to get his hands on the RAC who came to their rescue.
A spokesperson for the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team said: “A very useful tool in the event of poor reception is the emergency text message service which will go through much more easily than a call. To use this service, you must first register your mobile.
“Text the word ‘register’ to 999. You will receive an SMS with simple instructions.”
More details can be found at: https://keswickmrt.org.uk/before-you-go-out/