It was reputed that a rock hold gave way when a 22 year old man from Sunderland deviated off route and fell 70'. He suffered very severe head injuries and was flow to Whitehaven hospital by helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer but was found to be dead on arrival.
The team and R.A.F. St. Athans M.R.T. just completed Rescue No. 18 turned out again when a 40 year old man from Kendal fell 50' to base of crag. He sustained severe head and other multiple injuries. A helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer winched up casualty and team doctor and flew both to hospital
A search was mounted for 2 teenage climbers from Stourbridge overdue from rock climb. One climber found but his friend was last seen near top of crag. Eventually located missing climber unhurt amongst boulders at East Raven Crag. They had no torches.
A 38 year old female from Lockerbie suffered a broken arm and shock when a lead climber fell 60 feet onto her belay. Team lowered stretcher to accident site, rendered first aid and lowered casualty 200 feet to base of crag. Rest of team then evacuated the casualty down the fellside. Lead climber uninjured.
RAF St. Athan M.R.T., who were on exercise, alerted the Team and assisted when a 21 year old climber from Ipswich fell whilst leading "Arcturas" and suffered a fracture to his leg. Lowered off and Stretchered to Stickle Tarn to await helicopter from Rescue 38
A 21 year old man from Newcastle-under-Lyme sustained head and spinal injuries when he fell 80 feet from "Rake End Chimney" and landed on Jacks Rake. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer flew the injured climber to Whitehaven Hospital. A female companion who was only slightly injured was airlifted to safety.
The Team assisted by Coniston M.R.T. went to the aid of a 26 year old female climber from Hove, Sussex who fell whilst leading Pitch 8. She sustained multiple injuries. A 250' stretcher lower down the face in darkness ensued.
The Team went to the assistance of a 33 year old climber from London who was left hanging free from the rock when his abseil rope fouled up in his harness. Climber trying to recover "Runners" from "Haste not Direct". Taken off crag unhurt.
A novice climber aged 17 from Newcastle-upon-Lyme and wearing E.B. Rockbootsfell90' from "Holly Tree Traverse" during heavy rain. He sustained collar bone, rib and arm fractures. Leader of group tried to walk the casualty down, but called Team as casualties condition rapidly deteriorated.
A 22 year old student from Glasgow University fell 80' whilst leading the route "Astra". He sustained head and chest injuries and was flown to Lancaster Infirmary by R.A.F. Boulmer. The second climber suffered burns to both hands and was escorted down.
The Team went to recover the body of a 24 year old man from Manchester who had slipped while descending the grass footpath after finishing his rock climb. He fell 200'.
Footnote: This man had "E.B.s" (a smooth soled rock boot) on which could have been the cause of him to fall. It was later learned that he was a novice climber.
Weather Conditions: Cold, Wet, Rain at times. Wet Rock.
The Team were called out to a 20 year old man from Huyton, Liverpool who had become "cragfast" so had jumped down 10' to a ledge, missed and fell. He sus¬tained a fractured left leg.
Footnote: Passing walkers found this injured man, which was very lucky for him. He was walking solo off the path and in very bad conditions. Weather Conditions: Torrential Rain, Very Low Mist, Wet Rocks, etc.
A 27 year old woman from Sheffield fell about 60ft. while leading a pitch and the Belay failed. She sustained knee, thigh and pelvic injuries. Footnote: Her "second" failed to arrest her fall due to Belay failure.
Weather Conditions: Wet Rock, Dull, Rain, Cold.