Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Police name mountain death teenager

Teenager Lee Jones died while attempting to climb Scafell Pike in Cumbria
Teenager Lee Jones died while attempting to climb Scafell Pike in Cumbria

A teenager who died while trying to climb England's highest mountain has been named by police as Lee Jones.

Mr Jones, from the Matlock area of Derbyshire, had camped with a friend at Wasdale Head near Scafell Pike in Cumbria before they set off at 11.30am on Friday to climb the peak.

Cumbria Police received a call from the friend at 5.30pm to report they had got lost on the mountain and his friend was missing.

The victim was last seen around 3pm on Friday near the 978 metre (3,208 ft) summit, when the two climbers became separated in the snowy conditions.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team mounted a search for the missing man after the report came in but were forced to call off the hunt due to the "atrocious" weather conditions.

The search was resumed the next day with the help of a Royal Navy helicopter and at 11.45am on Saturday a body was found.

The body was taken to Wasdale Head and identified as the missing 19-year-old climber.

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