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Hiker stuck in a box up a mountain for 12 hours.

Byline: JEREMY ARMSTRONG

A RAMBLER rescued a man from a box 1,600 feet up a mountain after hearing a knocking sound and cries of "Let me out!" The trapped hiker had been in the box for 12 hours after seeking shelter on Sty Head Pass in the Lake District.

Mountain rescuers posted details of the incident, which happened on August 26, on social media.

The unnamed rescuer wrote: "Myself and my son were walking past Sty Head when we heard a knocking sound. We both thought we were imagining it as it was extremely windy, however we then heard 'let me out'.

"We realised that the knocking was coming from the box, which you can imagine was very strange and unusual. I then heard another cry of 'let me out'. We started a conversation with someone who was inside.

"We released the latches and with some uneasiness opened the door, when we saw a young man all hunched up inside. He said he got caught in a storm the previous night and took refuge, only to find that while he was asleep someone had locked him in."

Rescuers yesterday asked people only to enter the box, which contains emergency gear, in severe weather.

A Keswick Mountain Rescue spokesman said: "While we recognise that there may be times where someone would need shelter having been benighted, we would really appreciate the equipment being put back in the same condition as it was removed."

jeremy.armstrong@mirror.co.uk

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Date:Sep 3, 2015
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