Callout Date: 19/08/2018
A young Polish couple camping near Castle Crag in Borrowdale were woken at 4:30 when their tent started to float. Very heavy and localised flooding in the Borrowdale Valley caused the rivers to rise quickly and the couple became trapped between streams and called for rescue. The team sent swift water rescue-trained personnel to the scene. They were able to retrieve the stranded couple and walk them off using the team’s boat to cross a couple of deeper sections of path. River levels at this stage were falling quite fast, the rain having all but stopped, but it was dramatic to see the difference in river levels between Keswick and Borrowdale. Moral – check the forecast!
13 team members – 2 hours 10 minutes