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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 October 2006, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
'Ill-prepared' walkers criticised
Teenagers who got lost while walking in Cumbria were criticised for being ill-equipped by the rescue team which helped them down from the fells.

The six, ranging in age from 15 to 18 and from the Tyneside area, were hiking in Borrowdale.

They became lost when darkness fell, and summoned Keswick Mountain Rescue using a mobile phone.

A team spokesman said they were badly prepared for the cold, wet weather and had not left details of their route.

Retrace steps

They were also fortunate to be in an area with reasonable mobile phone reception.

The group were found close to the summit of High Spy, after becoming further lost in the darkness while trying to retrace their steps.

A spokesman for the rescue team said the six had only three waterproofs and two torches between them, and had also started the walk late in the day so they ran out of daylight.

Walkers were reminded of the need to carry adequate waterproof clothing and equipment, including torches and whistles, and to consider the time a route might take to complete as evenings draw in quickly.

It is also important to leave a route-card, and let someone know an expected time of return.

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