‘Words fail us’: Hiking cannabis smokers rescued from England’s highest mountain

Mountain rescue, along with air support and ambulances, were deployed to help bring home a group of hikers who became stuck on Scafell Pike in the Lake District, in England’s north, on Saturday.

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Cumbria Police confirmed the rescue but were left unimpressed at the incident.

“Persons phoning Cumbria Police because they are stuck on a mountain after taking cannabis. Now having to deploy M’tain Rescue, Air support and Ambulance to rescue them. Words fail us,” a Facebook post read.

Persons stuck on mountain, after taking cannabis. Having to deploy M’tain Rescue, Air support and Ambulance to rescue them…..

— Cumbria Police (@Cumbriapolice) September 23, 2017Persons rescued after becoming incapable of walking due to cannabis use. MRT volunteers putting themselves at risk to prevent harm.

— Cumbria Police (@Cumbriapolice) September 23, 2017

“Persons rescued by MRT, after becoming incapable of walking off mountain due to cannabis use. MRT volunteers putting themselves at risk to prevent harm,” another post read.

Scafell Pike has a peak of 978 metres and the group were safely rescued by Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team at 9:45pm local time.

North Cumbria Superintendent Justin Bibby said taking drugs before taking a difficult hike was asking for trouble.

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“The mountain rescue team had a particularly busy day yesterday dealing with this incident,’ Superintendednt Bibby told UK paper The Telegraph.

“They are volunteers, they do an amazing job and are always there to assist those who get into difficulty.

“Taking alcohol or any other substance that could impair your judgment significantly increases your risk of getting into trouble. It has no place on a mountain.”