We were requested to provided a vehicle for the local Ambulance service, as snow was making getting around difficult. In the 24hour period a number of minor incidents were dealt with. Another vehicle was also used to deliver 'Meals on Wheels' to local residents.
Girl (16), of Reading, collapsed from exposure near the summit of Fairfield. She was reported to be in a serious condition. While the team made their way up to the scene, an R.A.F. helicopter from Acklington was asked to assist. The helicopter found the girl and ferried her down to Ambleside where the team doctor treated her and kept her under observation.
A search of Wanstell was started after reports of red flares being seen near the summit. This search was called off after two hours after it was learned that three distress flares had been set off by some speed boat enthusiasts in a local hotel car park.
Male (71), of Sheffield, slipped on wet rocks and sustained head and spinal injuries on Todd Crag, Loughrigg. He was carried down the fell on a stretcher by the team and taken to the County Hospital, Kendal. Footnote: This man was very well equipped and experienced but the weather condtions were very bad with rain, mist and ground conditions were very wet and slippery.
Female (50 years) of Liverpool slipped and fell on wet grass near the summit of Wansfell. She sustained a fractured ankle and was treated by a team doctor after the team had carried her down the fell on a stretcher.
Footnote. This woman was properly equipped and in an organised party. Weather conditons: Dull, drizzle, wet ground.
A heart attack may have caused a 56 year old man from Liverpool to collapse. The team and Kendal MRT responded. Teams and doctor tried in vain to keep him alive after he suffered a second attack. The man died |usl before a helicopter from RAF Boulmer arrived. Everyone airlifted to Ambleside.
Three youths were 'instructed' to enter a 3 foot diameter drainage pipe for a short distance. Two returned, but the 18 year old from Kent failed to appear. Alarm raised at 11.15 am, call went to the Cave Rescue Organisation at Settle. Team alerted 11 hours later locating the youth safe and well, still in the pipe.