The Team, assisted by Kendal MRT, went to the assistance of 6 young people aged 17-24 years, in very wet cold conditions. One person had minor leg injuries and the rest suffered from exhaustion/exposure. Limited experience and poor judgement probably caused this incident.
Inexperience probably led a 17year old London youth to 'have ago' at scrambling. The resulting 180 feet fall down a rock face left him with two broken lower legs/ankles (one compound), spinal and head injuries. The Team gave First Aid to the casualty and evacuated him to an awaiting ambulance.
The Team was requested to take baby food to the Kirkstone Pass Inn where two families had been stranded in the blizzards of the previous day. The Team's specially equipped Land Rover reached the pass and brought the families back to Windermere Police station.
A search was made of Wansfell, Ambleside, when flashes had been sighted from Wray Castle. Nothing was found, and the search was called off at 1.00a.m. (13.4.77) Footnote: This was a false alarm with good intent. Weather conditions: Rain, gale force winds, dark, very wet underfoot.
A search of Loughrigg Fell and surrounding areas of Ambleside was made when a 13 year old local boy was last seen at Todd Crag, Loughrigg. The boy was found unharmed at Rydal at 9.00 p.m. Footnote: The boy had little or no protective clothing to spend a night on the fells. Plimsoles were his only form of footwear. Weather conditions: Very cold, ice underfoot, darkness.