You can read the full story of the ‘Lucky” walker by following the BBC link at the bottom of this post. However, having read it, I got to thinking about the fantastic work our mountain rescue people do. Not many people realise they are volunteers who give their time freely. This link is written by one of them and really brings home the nature of the task they have to do http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1575
So, do mountain rescue teams a favour by being prepared, have back-up equipment and food, carry a map and compass that you know how to use and never attempt walks that are beyond your level of competence. Even if you are a fanatical ultralight walker make sure you carry waterproofs, clothing and calories. Anyone can have an accident but there is never an excuse for a self-inflicted one that puts you and the mountain rescue team at risk. And every time you see a collection tin for the mountain rescue team in the area you are in, make a donation. One day it might be you that needs their efforts.