Walker survives two-day mountain agony

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Richard Cockerham failed to return to his car after setting off to climb Scafell Pike on Sunday

A walker subsisted two nights in sub-zero temperatures after get lost clambering England’s highest mountain.

Eighty volunteers made up the search for Richard Cockerham, 29, who went missing after scaling Scafell Pike on Sunday.

Mr Cockerham, from Leeds, had got lost in the severe weather and descended over but was found on Tuesday.

Richard Warren said in his 35 years of mountain rescue work “hes never” met person alive after that long.

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Volunteer mountain savers were alerted to Mr Cockerham at about 10:00 GMT in a remote part of Upper Eskdale after discovering his weeps for help.

He was taken a number of breath ambulance to Furness General Hospital with suspected ruptures to his wrists.

Image copyright Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Mr Warren, a volunteer with Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, replied: “The rescuer who found him said if we hadn’t had got to him today then there’s no way he would have lived another day.

“The plights on the mountain yesterday and today have been extremely coarse with temperatures descent to minus six overnight.

“When we learnt him he was cold, tired and he was very, very pleased to see our red jackets.”

Image copyright Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team Image caption Richard Cockerham is believed to have ruptured his wrists and was airlifted to hospital

Mr Warren enunciated Mr Cockerham had become disorientated by the haze and fog and had been walking around trying to keep warm when he had climbed down to a lower level and taken a tumble.

As well as voluntaries from Wasdale Mountain Rescue, crews were also mailed from Keswick, Kirkby Stephen, Duddon, Bowland Pennine and RAF mountain rescue along with 12 rescue dogs.

Mr Warren mentioned: “We are extremely grateful to all those voluntary and save units that came to help.

“I don’t reckon any of us expected to find him alive so where reference is did everyone was extremely buoyant.”

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