Deep snow and iced-up roads prevented the local ambulance attending to an 80 year old man who was very poorly with a heart condition. Using No 2 Landrover with its special studded tyres, team members conveyed the gentleman from his home to Ambleside Ambulance Station.
Whilst being taken to hospital with a broken leg, a man aged 40 from the Kirkstone Pass Inn was trapped for 5 hours in his snow-bound Land Rover. The team's Land Rover, with special studded snow tyres and a "digging crew" recovered passenger and vehicle and returned both to Kirkstone Top.
Weather conditions: gale force winds, deep snow drifts, Pass road blocked.
A major operation swung into action when a coach crashed through a wall at the bottom of Kirkstone Pass, tipping onto its side. There were in excess of 40 people on board, many of whom were injured, some seriously. The rescue operation involved Police, Ambulance, Fire Service, Air Ambulance, ourselves and Kendal MRT. Our Lowfold base was used as a casualty clearing station were the less seriously injured were assessed by Paramedics, before being sent to appropriate hospitals. Our vehicles were used for transport.
We were requested to assist Cumbria Ambulance Service with the evacuation of a 72-year-old man from a footpath. When we got there, the ambulance had got stuck at the bottom of a steep grassy hill, so our contribution was to push the ambulance back up the hill. Where's the RAC when you need them?
We were asked to assist the ambulance service with the evacuation of a man who had suffered head and neck injuries on a high section of the adventure playground at Brockhole Visitor Centre. They had treated his injuries, but needed us to lower him off with our ropes. Dropping him down the slide was ruled out!
A man sustained a suspected fractured ankle when he slipped on the lake shore during a family barbecue. An ambulance was called, and treated the man. We were called to assist with the evacuation up the steep ground to were the ambulance was parked.
We were requested by North West Ambulance Service to assist in accessing a remote, snowbound property where a patient required urgent evacuation to hospital with a serious medical problem.