We were requested to assist social service in delivering carers to their clients, when snow condition rendered roads a little tricky. A funky Landrover with all traction bells and whisltes, plus snow chains means walking is a thing of the past..
3 team for 2 hours
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While the previous incident was in progress, a woman called in at the base seeking medical attention for an injury she had sustained to her arm when she slipped while walking. She was treated, including cutting off a ring that was stopping the circulation to her finger, swelling due to her injury. She was given pain relief and referred to hospital. Not a 'normal' job, but her finger would have been seriously at risk if action hadn't been taken
2 team members for 1 hour
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The Team, together with a helicopter from R.A.F. Valley went to the assistance of 3 teenage girls reported to be suffering from exposure on Fairfield. The Team were recalled at 5.45 p.m. when it was known that the girls were safely off the hill. The girls were on a Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition.
A 72 year old woman fell, receiving leg and chest injuries and possibly having a heart attack at the same time. By chance a helicopter was in the area and flew the woman to hospital. The casualty had a heart attack 3 weeks previous to this incident.
A search was made of Loughrigg Fell, Ambleside, after two white flares had been seen high on the fell, by people living in Ambleside. A search was made by team members with search dogs. The search was called off at 2.45 a.m. on 18th February and nothing was found. Footnote: Once again, reports of flares remain unsolved and are proving to be a mystery. The weather was misty with drizzle and the ground was very wet.
Guests and staff at a local hotel convinced the police that flashing lights on the fellside was someone in trouble. The team eventually found 4 walkers bivvying out, not in any trouble at all. The manager of the hotel (who had gone to bed) was called to keep him informed of events.
14 teenagers and 4 adult instructors walked up Stock Beck Having completed the activity they jumped in a deep and cold pool. All the students suffered various degrees of exposure, one girl collapsed, The team were called and revived the girl using 'hot air therapy'. She was then taken to the health centre for observation. The instructors were spoken to about the wisdom of jumping into the pool.
This 22 year old man fell whilst bouldering, sustaining an open fracture of the lower leg. He was in considerable pain and required lowering down steep ground using ropes and stretcher. Having got him to the roadside, he was taken to Lancaster Hospital by ambulance.