THE work of a team of volunteers who make daring rescues all year round is to go under the spotlight.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team will feature on the BBC’s Inside Out programme next month. It follows a day of filming last week which saw presenters of the programme join the team at Scafell Pike.

The team’s chairman, Richard Warren, said there has been a number of rescues over the past couple of years around Piers Gill on Scafell Pike, with many having ‘tragic circumstances’.

This led to them working with the National Trust, Lake District National Park Authority, Cumbria Tourism and Cumbria Police in an attempt to lower the amount.

“Many of these callouts could have been avoided with a little bit of preparation, taking note of forecasts, having a reliable means to navigate out of trouble and an understanding of where accident blackspots exist,” said Mr Warren. “We will continue to work with our partners to improve signs, posters and information, especially in car parks and valleys where walkers will hopefully take note before venturing onto the hill.”

The programme will be aired on Monday, March 4, at 7.30pm.

Mr Warren added: “Getting safety information and awareness messages out there will help reduce the growing number of avoidable callouts and injuries. All the teams in the Lake District have their own accident blackspots, so hopefully what we in Wasdale are trying to achieve should also help our team colleagues across Cumbria.”