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Bootless man rescued in Lake District

Posted 13 August 2012
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Bootless man rescued in Lake District
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A Mountain Rescue team based in the Lake District needed one extra piece of equipment when answering a call-out: a pair of walking boots.

The Keswick team set out to find a missing 74-year-old on the coast-to-coast route section between Rosthwaite and Grasmere, who had what the team described as "a previous medical history".

Assisted by members of the Langdale and Ambleside team, rescuers eventually found him in the Wythburn area walking in his socks, having had trouble with his boots.

The incident may act as a reminder to walkers to make sure their footwear is in good condition, especially if they are taking on a long-distance walk in the summer months.

Walkers on the Coast-to-Coast route will to be generally well equipped as it covers 192 miles in distance between St Bees Head and Robin Hood Bay.

Its highest point is the 2,172 ft summit of Nine Standards Rigg in the North Pennines.