Four hikers were rescued from England’s highest mountain Saturday after smoking so much cannabis they were incapable of walking.
A September 23 post on the Cumbria Police official Facebook account clearly showed the department’s frustration.
“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….”
The group climbed Scafell Pike, which is a 3,210 foot peak that sits about a 3 hour drive north of Manchester England.
The Facebook post sparked a lot of debate online. Some posters were angry at the hikers.
Others were disappointed in the police force for posting the story on their Facebook page.
Cumbria police reported a few hours later that the stoned hikers were rescued “After becoming incapable of walking off mountain due to cannabis use”
“Mountain safety is your responsibility,” Cumbria Police Supt. told The Guardian.
“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.”
No arrest have been made in connection with the incident.