Media Blunder Dismays Southport Group
NATIONAL and local media tattletale horrified Southport scout group, the 55th Birkdale Scouts earlier this week. The reports were about a rescue on the 7 February in the Lake District.
Unfortunately early reports in the week in the other newspapers miss named the Scout group involved at the rescue at Priest hole and we were asked to run this letter from one of our readers to clear up the problem.
Group leader Nick Morris said:- "I want to make it clear to everyone that despite the story in the Liverpool Echo (and in the Post), the 55th Southport is not involved directly or indirectly in these events, and that no member of the Group was in the Lake District at the weekend.”
As for the group who was involved, they were all safely rescue. The youngsters and adults, aged between 11 and 24, were picked up by an RAF helicopter after mountain rescue volunteers were called out February 7 at night.
They had intended to spend the night in a cave on the 2,000ft Dove Crag, but became trapped in heavy snow and gales. The mountain rescue team said:- "The wisdom of taking a group of children out in these conditions, at night, does have to be questioned. The weather was should have been no surprise. The Met Office had been issue weather warnings for the previous 36 hours. If the helicopter hadn't managed to evacuate so many of the group at the first attempt, then the rescue would have been considerably more complicated.
It is worth noting two 'firsts' during this rescue...
One:- Our Landrover overtook a Porche (OK, so it (the Porche) was sliding backwards down Kirkstone Pass on the snow at the time.
Two:- a number of team members managed to walk uphill faster than the helicopter. This was due to it was having great difficulty making progress into the wind and very poor visibility”
Inspector Paul Kisack, of Cumbria Police, said:- "It was an incredibly dangerous time to be in the mountains, especially with the weather the way it was. These mountains can be very dangerous, especially for young children. None of the group needed hospital treatment, but they were lucky.”
The Scout Association says lessons will be learned from the dramatic rescue.
Police are questioning the leaders of the group to ensure safety procedures were adhered to.
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