By: Kyle James | 09-25-2017 | News
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Hikers Call Police For Rescue After Getting Too Stoned To Climb Back Down Mountain

A group of four hikers took to England's highest mountain but ended up incapacitated from marijuana use prompting them to call the authorities for help. Cumbria police responded to a call at 6:20 pm on Saturday that a group of hikers ran into difficulty on Scafell Pike which is a 3,210 foot peak in the Lake District. A spokesman for the Cumbria police wrote on Facebook, "Persons phoning Cumbria police because they are stuck on a mountain, after taking cannabis. Now having to deploy [mountain] rescue, air support and ambulance to rescue them. Words fail us …"

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The police were not amused at having to invoke the Wasdale mountain rescue team to bring the men down safely which took until 9:45 pm. The post from the Cumbria police sparked some fury amount social media users. Some users even suggested the group be asked to pay for the cost of the mountain rescue. The Copeland local police countered the criticism by saying they "always ensure people are safe, regardless of choices they make that put them in a dangerous position." Justin Bibby of the Cumbria police said hikers should never underestimate the mountains and always bring the proper gear. "Mountain safety is your responsibility" Bibby said.

Bibby went on to say, "Carry the right equipment and food, and know how to use it. Our priority is your safety. The Wasdale mountain rescue team had a particularly busy day yesterday dealing with this and other incidents. They are volunteers, they do an amazing job and they 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."

The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association weighed in on Facebook commenting that such calls were "becoming a joke." Police spoke with the men but "no arrests had been made in connection with this incident."

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