While we were clearing up the last job, we were made aware of the possibility of a group of eight in difficulty descending from the Tarn. We went up to the dam, via several possible routes and encountered only two descending climbers, who were in no difficulty.
Male (58), of Blackpool, collapsed at Stickle Tarn, Langdale while walking with friends. The team carried him down the fell on a stretcher and he was taken to the County Hospital, Kendal.
Footnote: This man was very well equipped and experienced.
Weather conditions: Dry and very warm.
Male (59) of Birmingham, collapsed and died at Stickle Tarn, Langdale. The team carried his body down the fell. Footnote: This man had been fell walkng for years and his equipment was first class. Death was not due to any accident but to natural causes.
A woman sustained an ankle injury while descending Bright Beck. With help from her husband she managed to descend as far as Stickle Tarn before we located her and evacuated her to the valley by stretcher.. a whole heap less pain....
Whilst "paddling", a 25 year old man from Essex had an epileptic fit and was unconscious for some time. Dragged from Tarn by passing walkers. A helicopter was called but was cancelled when the Team arrived and found the man slowly recovering. Stretchered to safety and treated by Team Doctors.
Due to faulty handling near a naked flame, a camping-gas cylinder ignited the tent and its occupants. Two youths from Skelmersdale sustained burns to face, hands, legs and were badly shocked, one youth escorted to safety, the other stretchered down and rushed to Kendal Hospital in Team's ambulance.
During a C.H.A. walk a 55 year old female from Stuttgart, West Germany was blown off the dam wall in gale force winds and fell 10 feet. She sustained shock, facial and head injuries. A search dog handler gave first aid until the team arrived.
Four teenage schoolgirls and one female school teacher from Radcliffe, Manchester were reported lost by other members of the school party. The team searched from the Grasmere and Langdale sides of Stickle Tarn. The Team found this group at 8.30pm near Tarn Crag, Langdale they were escorted from the fellside.
A 32-year-old man collapsed, and was unconscious for a short time, possibly as a result of a pre-existing heart condition. He was given oxygen and monitored by team members, and then evacuated to Furness General Hospital by the North West Air Ambulance.
A local woman slipped and sustained an ankle injury on a wet, loose path. Her ankle was splinted and she was carried down on a stretcher. It transpired that she had sustained a fractured fibula. We were alerted to this job by a member of Kendal MRT.
The fells had only been officially reopened for 3 hours, following relaxing of FMD
regulations, when we were called out to assist a 51-year-old man who had collapsed with a suspected heart attack. He was treated at the scene and a helicopter, training in Coniston, flew him to Carlisle Royal Infirmary.