A 33-year-old male fell about 4 metres while climbing, landing on his feet and injuring both ankles. There is potential for a fall of this nature to cause other injuries, masked by the pain in the ankles, so the man was splinted in a full-body vacuum splint as a precaution and then evacuated to the air ambulance waiting in the valley bottom. He was then flown to hospital
Lower Scout Crag
A male climber fell whiel demonstrating techniques to a group. He sustained a nasty head injury and a fracture/dislocated ankle. He was treated by team members, air and land ambulance paramedics and evacuated to the valley floor for onward transport to hospital by air ambulance.
An A.T.C. Officer aged 40 from Wilford, Notts, demonstrating abseil methods, fell 50' when climbing belt and safety rope became detached from tutor. He sustained serious multiple injuries. A helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer flew casualty to Whitehaven Hospital.
A 13 year old schoolboy from Stockport, who was under instruction, fell 60 ft. on Lower Scout Crag, Langdale. He sustained head and spinal injuries. The team carried him down on a stretcher and then to Hospital in Kendal.
Footnote: The 'Whillans' harness, which the boy had on, came undone, was not fitted correctly.
A 20-year-old male climber fell from Lower Scout Crag, ripping out all his gear and hitting the ground. He sustained an open fracture to his femur, a broken wrist, two fractures to his arm, a fractured jaw, and head injuries. The left-hand picture, below, shows the severe shortening caused by the femur fracture, and the third picture shows damage to his helmet.
Male, 28 years. Climbing on Lower Scout Crag, Great Langdale, when he slipped about 30 feet sustaining a lacerated right knee and an injury to his right elbow. Brought down the fell by the team and taken in the land rover to Ambleside and then by ambulance to hospital.
A 22-year-old woman suffered a fractured femur when she fell about 5 metres from Lower Scout Crag, hitting the ground. She treated and splinted by team members, then airlifted to Furness General Hospital.