Incident Reports

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Tue, 16th December 2014, 17:00

A couple phoned 999 when they became lost on the back of what they reported as Bowfell. Their call went through to Manx police, who in turn passed it on the ARCC Kinloss, who then contacted us. We were unable to recontact them to try and get more information about their location, so a search was organised. They were located at Cockley Beck as the search teams were deploying. A Seaking was on its way to assist to try and make best use of a spell of stable weather that we were enjoying but was able to turn back once they had been located

Sat, 6th December 2014, 21:12
A man went walking, having told his wife and friends that he was going over Pike O'Blisco and Crinkle Crags. He failed to return. Team members searched overnight, assisted by members of RAF Leeming MRT and Lake's search dogs, but we failed to find him. A second search was being organised first thing on Sunday when he phoned police from Borrowdale, stating that he had made it down safely. It was long, cold, wet and windy night which made for very challenging conditions for team members
Wed, 3rd December 2014, 12:16
A woman slipped on frozen grass near the summit of Orrest Head, sustaining a suspected lower leg fracture. She was treated by team members and evacuated to the roadside where she was transferred to an ambulance
Sat, 29th November 2014, 16:40

A family group of three became benighted when they ran out of daylight and only had the torch from a phone. A small scale search was organised, and during this we managed to activate SARLOC, which located them on the ridge. They were escorted down by team members.

Sat, 22nd November 2014, 19:11

A handful of team members were in base repacking after the previous days efforts when one remarked on how long it had been since we had a long night search on Crinkle Crag... Eight hours later the Team Leader took a call from the Aeronautical Rescue Command Centre in Kinloss, reporting an activation of an emergency beacon in the vicinity of Crinkle Crags. Almost simultaneously we received notification of a 999 call reporting a group of 5 cragfast and benighted on Crinkle Crags...

Fri, 21st November 2014, 17:21

A lone, foreign female became benighted after becoming lost. She was located using SARLOC and then by a team member and assisted from the hill.

Fri, 21st November 2014, 15:30
A woman sustained an ankle injury, possibly a fracture, walking near Easedale Tarn. Team members not already committed to the earlier rescue and members of Kendal MRT went to her aid. She was stretchered from the fell and transferred to an ambulance at our base.
Fri, 21st November 2014, 15:30
A woman sustained an ankle injury, possibly a fracture, walking near Easedale Tarn. Team members not already committed to the earlier rescue and members of Kendal MRT went to her aid. She was stretchered from the fell and transferred to an ambulance at our base.
Fri, 21st November 2014, 12:40

A 63-year-old man, walking with his son became unable to continue due to exhaustion. He was located by team members and assisted down to Lingcove Beck and back to the road. Kendal MRT joined us in the event of a long stretcher carry... avoided by the gentleman's efforts to walk down.

Mon, 17th November 2014, 14:45

A woman slipped while walking and suffered a nasty, open fracture to her tibia and fibula. She was treated by team members and evacuated to hospital by air ambulance

Fri, 14th November 2014, 22:36

An elderly male separated from his wife and subsequently benighted. She returned to their hotel and reported him missing. A hasty search was organised around the Alcock Tarn area, and he was located, sitting in the dark, waiting patiently for rescue... He was assisted off the hill and returned to his hotel, wife and hopefully, dinner...

Mon, 10th November 2014, 15:19
A pair of walkers got in to difficulty, initially on the summit of Harrison Stickle. They were unable to locate a safe way off the summit in poor visibility. They were given directions off the top and a small group was sent to meet them because they had no torches and would run out of daylight before they got down. Before they could be located they missed the path again, becoming cragfast on steep ground, with darkness adding to the poor visibility. They were eventually located and evacuated to safe ground.
Sun, 26th October 2014, 11:46
A female walking near Red Tarn sustained a lower leg injury. The team attended, along with members of Kendal MRT and she was evacuated to the road. Weather conditions were best described as 'wild'....
Sun, 26th October 2014, 11:46
A female walking near Red Tarn sustained a lower leg injury. The team attended, along with members of Kendal MRT and she was evacuated to the road. Weather conditions were best described as 'wild'....
Sun, 19th October 2014, 13:22

A 75-year-old male tripped and sustained a head injury in Mickleden. The team were mobilised, along with an ambulance. When we arrived, he had been assisted to the ambulance and was being treated by paramedics. The team stood down and returned to base

Sat, 18th October 2014, 17:44
A male was separated from his walking partner and failed to make the agreed rendezvous. There was concern for his welfare, so a search was organised. He was located at a bus stop in Langdale having made his own plan B
Fri, 17th October 2014, 13:43
A woman slipped while descending Wansfell. She sustained a lower leg injury. She was treated and evacuated by stretcher
Sun, 12th October 2014, 19:50

Two men were reported separated from a companion, and overdue. Due to a poor phone signal, a team member was dispatched to meet the informant, and by the time he located him, his friends had turned up.

Sun, 12th October 2014, 13:00

An elderly male suffered a twisted knee and was unable to continue walking. The team was called and we responded along with Patterdale MRT. The man was treated and then evacuated by stretcher. It's a bit of a trek....

Sat, 11th October 2014, 14:35

A woman sustained a lower leg injury walking on the summit of Loughrigg. She was treated by team members and evacuated by team members, assisted by Coniston MRT

Sat, 11th October 2014, 13:52

A third fell race competitor was injured in a fall, this time fracturing a wrist. This incident was also reported separately at two different locations, but confirmed near the summit of Bowfell. This incident was delegated primarily to Kendal MRT. The casualty was picked up by the helicopter, still with the previous casualty on board, and taken to hospital.

Sat, 11th October 2014, 13:08

A second competitor fell and sustained a nasty gash to the knee. Plans were made to split team resources, and further assistance was requested from Kendal and Coniston MRT. This casualty was reported in two separate locations, once on the back of Rossett Pike and again on the path down from Rossett Ghyll, but we eventually worked out that the person we met in Rossett Ghyll was the person injured on Rossett Pike. They were assisted to the valley bottom and back to their own transport to go to hospital.

Sat, 11th October 2014, 12:45

A competitor in a fell race took a tumble and sustained a suspected dislocated knee. He was treated by team members and evacuated by RAF Seaking. This was the first of four incidents, all running concurrently, that we dealt with. The initial request for helicopter assistance was complicated by an aircraft breakdown, but a second aircraft was made available from RAF Valley to help

Thu, 2nd October 2014, 14:36
An elderly male was taken ill near Slaters Bridge. The team was called, and he was assisted to a road-side ambulance by team members who arrived early on scene
Fri, 26th September 2014, 11:25
Shouts for help were reported in the region of Gibson Knott and Calf Crag. investigation suggested it was a local farmer gathering sheep. False alarm with good intent
Thu, 25th September 2014, 16:23

A woman slipped in Greenhead Ghyll, sustaining a lower leg injury. She was treated by team members and evacuated by stretcher

Sat, 20th September 2014, 15:21

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

Wed, 17th September 2014, 15:58
A solo male walker tripped and sustained a knee injury, and was left feeling unwell also. Help was requested but the 999 call drooped out, so an exact location was difficult to establish. The team attended, and while going up one side of Pike O'Blisco, the injured man was helped down the other! We found him at Langdale campsite, where he was checked over, given some pain relief and continued on his way
Sat, 13th September 2014, 21:21
Lights reportedly flashing a distress signal were spotted on The Band. There were several separate reports. A couple of team members went to investigate. It seems possible that some unidentified helicopter had been in the area, but had since moved on. False alarm with good intent
Wed, 10th September 2014, 15:18
A 79-year-old man collapsed, most likely exhausted, near Penny Rock Bridge, Grasmere. He was treated by team members and evacuated to a friend's car for onward transport
Wed, 10th September 2014, 12:15
A woman, walking with a small group, tripped and sustained a suspected fracture to her lower leg. She was treated by team members and evacuated to the roadside to a waiting ambulance
Thu, 4th September 2014, 17:31

The previous incident had only just concluded when we were called to assist two climbers on Gimmer Crag. One had sustained a suspected fractured lower leg and the other one had suffered concussion. With help from both air ambulance and a Royal Navy Seaking the two men were evacuated to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle

Thu, 4th September 2014, 16:10

A male walker took a tumble and sustained a head injury. We were called to assist the air ambulance with treating and evacuating him

Fri, 29th August 2014, 23:06
A group of five reported themselves as in difficulty, but due to poor phone coverage it was unclear what the difficulty was or were they where with any accuracy. A group of team members where dispatched to investigate and found that some of the group had self-rescued and the remainder required limited assistance. A minor injury that had been worsened by being 'encouraged' to push on despite pain, and a lack of sufficient torches amongst the group may have played a part in their problems
Thu, 28th August 2014, 21:40

A search for two males rapidly spread to involve four teams; Langdale Ambleside, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, Keswick MRTs and Lake District Mountain Rescue Searchdogs for two young men, lost on their way back to Langdale on an ambitious walk to Scafell Pike.

The initial search took place in appalling weather with strong winds, low clouds and heavy rain and sleet. When all search plans had been carried out by 5:30am, the search was scaled down with a view to catching a nap, and some food and drink and scaling up.

Wed, 27th August 2014, 17:26
A group of around 8 people were reported as possibly cragfast, with associated rockfall. The team attended, but it was found to be a false alarm, with good intent. The group had got themsleves on to safe ground unaided
Wed, 27th August 2014, 13:55
A young male, part of a small group, collapsed on the summit of Helm Crag. He was assessed by air ambulance paramedics, and then allowed to continue to Grasmere, escorted by team members
Sun, 24th August 2014, 16:52

A competitor in the Grasmere Sports fell race stumbled and sustained a head injury. He was assessed by team members and accompanied down to the finish, where he was handed over to ambulance paramedics for further checks

Sun, 24th August 2014, 14:08

A woman slipped and sustained a lower leg injury. She was treated by team members and evacuated to a waiting ambulance

Tue, 19th August 2014, 15:47
A climber took a lead fall, landing on his back and sustaining potentially serious injuries. He was treated and stabilised by team members and evacuated to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle
Mon, 18th August 2014, 16:59

A male was reported with a leg injury in Far Easedale. The team was called, and treated the man before evacuating him to Grasmere by stretcher

Sun, 17th August 2014, 20:20
Three adults phoned 999 and reported themselves in difficulty in the Scafell area, reporting sleet and strong winds and being very cold. Wasdale MRT attempted to locate them from around 3:30pm, but could find them, or re-contact them. When there was still no trace of them by 8pm the attempts to locate them was widened. Car parks in valleys in Borrowdale, Eskdale and Langdale were checked for a vehicle reported as belonging to them.
Wed, 13th August 2014, 20:21
A man and his granddaughter were reported overdue from a walk round the fells at the end of Langdale. Last seen about 4pm on Bowfell summit, they turned up at Keswick MRT base at around 21:20 while a couple of team members where checking that they weren't making their way down Mickleden.
Sun, 10th August 2014, 22:56
Three men reported themselves on difficulty when one of their two tents was destroyed by strong winds. After lengthy discussions, it was decided that they would stay up there in there in their one remaining tent and make their way down in daylight. They re-contacted next day to confirm that they had got down safely
Sat, 9th August 2014, 14:46

Party of five reported cragfast with one with minor injuries

The minor injury was treated and she was airlifted by RAF Seaking. The remainder of the group were assisted from the rake.
Sat, 9th August 2014, 09:56

The team was called to a climber with a lower leg fracture. He was still on a ledge some 5 metres from the crag base. He was treated and evacuated

Thu, 7th August 2014, 14:30
Almost simultaneous to the previous incident we were alerted to a second near Alcock Tarn in Grasmere. A woman had slipped and suffered a suspected fracture to her ankle. She was treated by team members and evacuated to an ambulance waiting on the road below.
Thu, 7th August 2014, 14:23

A competitor in an orienteering competition tripped and suffered a suspected fracture to his lower leg. He was treated by team members and evacuated for onward transport for to hospital.

Wed, 6th August 2014, 17:15
A woman sustained a suspected fracture to her lower leg on the pony track to Stickle Tarn. She was treated by team members and evacuated to the valley floor, from where she was transported to hospital by friends
Wed, 6th August 2014, 16:25

A lone female walker phoned for help when she became lost on Crinkle Crag. She was located by SARLOC and after lengthy attempts to point her in the right direction, we decided to send a couple of people up to get her. At this point two others walked past her and offered to guide her down. We left them to do this.

Tue, 5th August 2014, 15:41

A young girl fell from a horse sustaining a suspected back injury. She was treated and evacuated to an ambulance by the team

Mon, 4th August 2014, 21:42

A father and three children were reported several hours overdue from a walk over Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, by the wife/mother, who had parted company with them at Ore Gap. She had returned to their campsite expecting them to be ahead. While preliminary enquiries were being made, they turned up in Keswick.

Sun, 3rd August 2014, 13:56

A teenage girl, part of a group, sustained a head injury in a fall. She was treated by air ambulance crew and evacuated by team members to the top of Dunmail Raise, and flown to Preston Royal Infirmary

Mon, 28th July 2014, 19:02

The team assisted police in the recovery of human remains from the base of the crag at Blake Rigg

Mon, 21st July 2014, 20:43

Just returned from previous rescue when we were called to attend a RTC on Wrynose Pass, where a car was reported as having rolled off the road. There were actually two vehicles off the road, one on Wrynose and one on Hardknott. Nobody was injured and the team stood own.

Mon, 21st July 2014, 18:24

A group descending Dungeon Ghyll allowed their dog to run free and become stuck on steep ground. Group members tried to recover the dog, while others called 999 and asked for assistance. In an attempt to avoid human casualties on this area of steep ground, the team was deployed to recover the dog. We were on route when we were alerted to the fact that the dog had been recovered by a team member who had been climbing in the area. Much loved as your average dog is, you have to question whether it's worth a human life.. especially given the norm were the animal self rescues...

Fri, 18th July 2014, 19:30

A female was kicked by a horse, sustaining a painful fracture to the humerus

Thu, 17th July 2014, 19:16

A 65-year-old woman fell and sustained cuts and bruises to her head near the old golf house on Loughrigg. She was recovered by team members to Ambleside ambulance station for treatment by paramedics.

Thu, 17th July 2014, 15:44
We were requested to assist NWAS to recover a 60-year-old man who had collapsed on a track near Grasmere. We did.
Tue, 15th July 2014, 14:07

Today's final rescue was of a 59-year-old American female who slipped and sustained an lower leg injury. She was treated by team members and then evacuated back to Ambleside for onward transport to hospital.

Tue, 15th July 2014, 12:43
An 83-year-old man collapsed while walking with a group on Dow Bank. He was treated by team members and evacuated to the road, and then back to Ambleside. He was then checked over by paramedics, who gave him the all-clear to return to his accommodation
Tue, 15th July 2014, 11:55

The start of a busy day. We were requested to assist the air ambulance recover a cyclist who had crashed off the road on Wrynose Pass. We did this, and just as we were finishing, we were alerted to the next incident

Mon, 14th July 2014, 23:26

A group of young people were camping at the tarn as part of an expedition. They decided to walk further uphill to watch the sunset. One of them became separated from the rest and subsequently suffered a fall. He sustained multiple injuries, including his head, pelvis and arm. He phoned for help, but was fairly vague about where he was. We managed to locate his companion's camp, and subsequently him. He was treated by team members and airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

Tue, 8th July 2014, 11:45

A team member out on the hill came across a group with an injured member. He alerted the team by radio, and we responded, treating the woman and evacuating her back to Ambleside for onward transport to hospital.

Fri, 4th July 2014, 15:49

A 17-year-old male, part of a group of 7 with a group leader, sustained a knee injury between Angle Tarn and Rossett Ghyll. He was treated by team members and evacuated by team members, assisted by Kendal MRT on a slow, wet carry...

Wed, 2nd July 2014, 14:12
A 63-year-old man collapsed, and became unresponsive while walking up to Alcock Tarn, from Grasmere. He was treated by team members, and evacuated from the fell by the team, to a waiting ambulance and air ambulance in the valley below.
Mon, 30th June 2014, 15:40
We were called to a 75-year-old female with a head injury in Greenhead Ghyll, Grasmere. Evacuated by stretcher after she 'declined' the option of a helicopter evac...
Mon, 23rd June 2014, 12:45
We were requested to assist Kendal MRT with a incident on Gummers How. The injured man was treated and loaded into an air ambulance
Wed, 11th June 2014, 16:56

A man was injured in an incident involving a horse and cart. The team were called to assist but were stood down when it was confirmed that the ambulance and air ambulance creww were able to deal with the incident

Fri, 6th June 2014, 12:32
An 82-year-old woman sustained a cut to her arm when walking near Jenkins Crag. She was treated by team members and evacuated by team vehicle to our base, from where she was transferred to hospital by almbulance.
Sat, 31st May 2014, 13:02

A couple became cragfast after getting on to steep ground and slipping down some wet rock that they were then unable to get back up. The were recovered by team members and assisted back down. A map, compass and a sense of self-preservation might have helps... We were assisted by some Norwegian rescuers who have been visiting us for a few days http://www.folkehjelp.no/

Mon, 26th May 2014, 17:42
Two teenage girls were reported as separated from parents on the descent from Scafell to Gt Langdale. A search was being organised involving ourselves, Wasdale and Keswick MRTs when they turned up at their destination.
Sun, 25th May 2014, 12:50

A male sustained a head injury near Rydal Cave. He was treated by team members and evacuated to an ambulance waiting at our base.

Wed, 21st May 2014, 14:41

A climber took a lead fall while climbing on Pavey Ark. He was stabilised by team members and air ambulance paramedics, and airlifted to hospital for further treatment by RN Gannet

Sun, 18th May 2014, 15:16

A female sustained a lower leg injury in Far Easedale. She was treated by team members and then evacuated with help from Kendal MRT

Thu, 15th May 2014, 08:45
We were requested to assist a number of other teams in a search for male walker missing in the central fells overnight.
Wed, 14th May 2014, 15:26

A woman in her 50's sustained a suspected fracture dislocation of her ankle. She was treated by team members and evacuated by team members with help from Kendal MRT

Sat, 10th May 2014, 05:48

We were requested to assist police with a search for a high risk missing person in the Little Langdale area. He was located after a prolonged search

Sun, 4th May 2014, 01:07

We were requested to assist North West Ambulance Service with locating a patient who was reported in the vicinity of Old Dungeon Ghyll, but who could not be found. The patient was eventually located at the National Trust campsite and her head injury treated by team members, who waited with her until an ambulance arrived

Mon, 28th April 2014, 12:37

A male in his 70's was taken ill while walking with a group. The team attended and he was evacuated from the hill.

Wed, 23rd April 2014, 14:51

A woman slipped and sustained a lower leg injury. She was treated by team members and stretchered to our vehicles and then transferred to an ambulance at our base.

Thu, 17th April 2014, 12:33

A young man sustained a head injury while scrambling on Tarn Crag. Initially we were told he was being assisted down on foot, but his condition deteriorated somewhat and he was met, treated and evacuated by team members to an ambulance waiting at the car park below.

Wed, 16th April 2014, 12:53

An 18-year-old male took a tumble descending Megs Ghyll, sustaining a head injury. We were requested to assist with his evacuation to an ambulance waiting at the bottom of the track

Sun, 13th April 2014, 12:45
A man sustained a painful upper arm injury on Climbers Traverse. His injury proved very difficult to stabilise on the difficult terrain, however with a substantial amount of pain relief and fortitude, the man was treated by team members and evacuated to a location below the cloudbase with help from Kendal and RAF Leeming MRT, from where he was evacuated by helicopter from RAF Boulmer at the second attempt.
Sun, 6th April 2014, 15:20

A SPOT device was activated in the Rossett Crag area. ARCC Kinloss made initial inquiries as to the nature of the problem, but were unable to get much useful information. On the basis that the most likely users of this device was a group of 5 young people, the team was called to investigate.

Sat, 5th April 2014, 16:20

Two young men poned for assistance when they got lost near Bowfell summit. It proved very difficult to contact them, but eventually we managed a brief conversation. It's not certain that they were where they thought they were, but we did our best to give them direction and get them moving in the right direction during the remaining daylight. We failed, and lost contact for several hours, and were just about to scale up the search, with team members returning from Grasmere, when we were told that they had found their way to Brotherilkeld.

Sat, 5th April 2014, 16:00
Almost simultaneous to incident 21, we were called to assist a man who had suffered an episode of blurred vision, slurred speech. The team was called and we were on route when we were informed that his friends had managed to get him down and in to the pub, and only the ambulance was required. The air ambulance had previously turned back to due poor weather. Team members on their way to this incident were re-routed to Grasmere
Sat, 5th April 2014, 15:55

A 17-year-old girl suffered a knee injury and was unable to continue her walk. The team was called, and due to a simultaneous call to Stickle Tarn, Kendal MRT were requested to assist. The young woman was treated by team members and then evacuated by stretcher. It's a long slog up and a long slog back... and it was wet..!

Tue, 1st April 2014, 19:40

A small group of team members assisted Patterdale MRT with an incident in their area. Our Autopulse was deployed and our team doctor flew to hospital in a Royal Navy Seaking with the casualty and Autopulse. Keswick MRT, Cumbria Fire Service, NWAS and police were all involved.

Sun, 30th March 2014, 14:56

A woman was reported as having sustained a suspected lower leg fracture. The team attended along with an air ambulance and the woman was treated and evacuated

Fri, 28th March 2014, 17:01

A couple reported themselves as unable to locate a route off Bowfell summit. They had been struggling for 2 hours or more. A small team was dispatched to try and locate them before it went dark. While this group were on route, the couple managed to get a handheld GPS to work sufficient for them to locate a route. No comment

Thu, 27th March 2014, 11:08

A young male was reported overdue at the guest house where he was staying. Over three separate periods large area of varying terrain was searched without finding the man

We were assisted by dogs and handlers from LDMRSD and a dedicated trailing dog from Lancashire

 

Update: 15.04.14. A body, identifies as Matthew Jordan was located in Rayrigg Wyke, Windermere today. 

 

Tue, 25th March 2014, 16:53

A woman slipped on steep ground near Fat Man's Agony on Side Pike. She was treated by team members and then evacuated to an air ambulance

Sat, 22nd March 2014, 13:46

A woman slipped on steep, wet ground and suffered an arm injury. She was treated by team members, and due to the pain she was in, evacuated by RAF helicopter. No air ambulance was available to fly because of poor weather

Sun, 9th March 2014, 13:31

An elderly man was taken ill while walking near the waterfall. He was assisted back to the road and a waiting ambulance

Wed, 19th February 2014, 18:22

Two people reported themselves unable to find their way from the Low Pike area. They were located by team members and assisted from the hill.

Wed, 19th February 2014, 17:06
A woman was reported as suffering a knee injury on the descent form Silver Howe... eventually located near Blindtarn Moss, she was checked over by our team doctor and assisted to her own transport. This incident perfectly highlighted the need to know where you are at any given time! Eventually located by a helpful local farmer who spotted their lights, while we were looking elsewhere!!
Mon, 17th February 2014, 18:23
A couple became benighted when they encountered a river they were unable to cross, and having gone back up hill trying to find a suitable alternative route, became cragfast. They were able able to give us a reasonably accurate grid reference, which we were able to confirm with the SARLOC system. We retrieved them, assisted them down hill and back to their accommodation. Their 'circular' walk was complete...
Sun, 16th February 2014, 12:43

A man slipped on wet ground and sustained a suspected fracture to his lower leg. He was treated by team members and we were in the process of evacuating him by stretcher when a Royal Navy helicopter flew past. We flagged it down and it helpfully agreed to fly the injured man down to Ambleside. We all walked back...

Fri, 14th February 2014, 14:22
A woman sustained a nasty lower leg fracture when she slipped on a frozen ground. There was initial difficulty in working out where they were. Their starting point was initially reported inaccurately. We eventually worked out where they were and located them. Lack of suitable clothing for the wet, wintry conditions led both people to get very cold, and they should consider themselves lucky to have been located so quickly.
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