Incident Reports

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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.
Tue, 11th February 2014, 21:15

A second call to check for a car reported as stuck in a snow drift with concern for its occupants. We checked the road, but no additional vehicles were located

Tue, 11th February 2014, 19:37

We were requested by police to assist in evacuating three people from two cars stranded in winter conditions on Wrynose Pass. We were on our way when police confirmed that they had managed to get to the people and evacuate them themselves

Sat, 8th February 2014, 11:36
A man slipped on wet ground and sustained an ankle injury. He was treated by paramedics and evacuated by team members.
Tue, 4th February 2014, 14:04
A woman sustained a lower leg injury when she slipped on wet ground. She was treated by air ambulance paramedics and evacuated to hospital while the team were on route. The team stood down and returned to base/home etc...
Fri, 31st January 2014, 12:29

A two vehicle RTC cause injuries to three people in the snow at Kirkstone Pass. We were called to assist. With an ambulance on scene, but itself also stuck, we assisted Paramedics. One person was evacuated with back injuries, using our stretcher and there were two walking wounded. Approximately 8 other people were evacuated from the road because it was blocked by the snow and crashed vehicles. It would be fair to say that the road was not in any condition to be used before the collision occurred. Patterdale MRT attended form their side of the pass as well.

Sat, 11th January 2014, 17:46
Stationary, flashing lights were reported near Stone Arthur. A couple of team members went to investigate. The lights were observed to be moving steadily downhill, so we left whoever it was to get on with it. False alarm with good intent.
Thu, 2nd January 2014, 12:45

We were requested to assist NWAS with the recovery of a man who had slipped and sustained a lower leg injury on the lower slopes of Orrest Head, Windermere

Wed, 1st January 2014, 20:12
Male lost in field. Retrieved by team members. Nothing else to add....
Sat, 28th December 2013, 14:23

A solo male phoned for help after becoming lost between Langdale and Grasmere. It proved very difficult to locate him, but eventually we worked out where he was. With some guidance by phone he was able to find a way down to Grasmere before it went dark. This was a little unfortunate, because he'd parked his car in Langdale. A smartphone, and the torch and a photo of a map from a book stored on the same phone don't constitute adequate navigation equipment.

Thu, 26th December 2013, 23:49
Lights were reported, apparently flashing, near the summit of School Knott. A team member went to investigate, but by then, the lights had disappeared. A false alarm with good intent
Mon, 23rd December 2013, 14:32

A man and a dog were reported as being in the River Rothay in Ambleside. The dog managed to get back out of the water, but the man was swept away. A search was organised, involving Police, Ambulance, Fire Service, Lake Wardens and Coastguard. Sadly, he was located, deceased, in the water some time later. Early suggestions that he was trying to rescue the dog can't be corroborated.

Sun, 15th December 2013, 17:36
Two men contacted police asking for directions, being unable to locate a route off Hart Crag. A bit of detective work, followed by some difficulty actually managing to speak to them, due to poor mobile phone coverage, and we agreed that their best option was to follow the wall south from their location to Ambleside. They confirmed that they had safely found their way down at about 21:15
Sun, 15th December 2013, 12:18
A man slipped on waterlogged ground and sustained a suspected lower leg fracture
Thu, 28th November 2013, 20:30
Flashing lights were reported on Nab Scar. Team members investigated. Nothing was found
Tue, 19th November 2013, 17:38

A 92 year old male was reported overdue from one of his regular walks on Loughrigg. A search was organised but he was located having made his way to a private house, having taken a small fall and suffered a minor head injury. He was treated by paramedics and the team was stood down.

Mon, 4th November 2013, 18:13
A group of 4 became benighted when they ran out of daylight in the Low Pike area. A group of team members went out and retrieved them.
Mon, 4th November 2013, 17:35
A 70-year-old male was reported as struggling with a knee injury in Mickleden. The team had just returned from the previous incident and was in the process of attending this incident when we were notified that the situation had been resolved.
Mon, 4th November 2013, 15:46

A woman sustained a knee injury while descending Nab Scar. She was treated by team members and stretchered from the fell

Fri, 1st November 2013, 10:21

We were just drawing the previous incident to a conclusion when we were called to attend a solo male walker who had suffered a lower leg injury in the Bright Beck area. He was treated by team members, assisted by Kendal MRT and evacuated to an air ambulance that had also attended

Fri, 1st November 2013, 06:53
We were requested to assisted in locating a vulnerable young woman who was reported missing and thought to be in the vicinity of the River Brathay. A search was organised and assistance was requested from Kendal MRT and SARDA. She was located around 10:30 by police.
Tue, 29th October 2013, 15:15
A family of five became cragfast near the top of Jack's Rake. The alarm was raised by a third party who witnessed their struggle. The team was mobilised to assist. The two parents managed to scramble out, but wisely made their offspring stay put where the were safe, but stranded. We recovered the three young people by descending to them, fixing ropes and then guiding them back up to the top. We then all descended to the valley. Conditions were 'interesting', with heavy rain, hail and occasional strong winds.
Sat, 26th October 2013, 16:22
A solo male walker slipped and sustained an injury to his lower back/pelvic area. Team members attended, stabilised his injuries and he was evacuated to hospital in an RAF helicopter from Anglesey.
Sat, 26th October 2013, 10:06
A man, walking with friends, collapsed and became unconscious on the path beside Stock Ghyll. The team and paramedics went to his aid. He was treated and stretchered to a waiting air ambulance for transfer to hospital.
Wed, 23rd October 2013, 02:52

A despondent male was reported as in danger in the Grasmere area. His car had been located by police, so acting on information provided by them, we searched a number of locations between Grasmere and Sergeant Man. He was located on the path coming down from Easedale Tarn. He was escorted the remainder of the way down and handed over to police for safekeeping.

Thu, 17th October 2013, 11:05
Shouts for help were heard in the vicinity of Stock Ghyll. Team members investigated along with police, but nothing was found
Wed, 9th October 2013, 20:50

Three intrepid explorers went exploring, at 4pm. But without a map or torch.. so when it went dark they had to stop exploring because there was nothing to see... including the way down... we went a showed them the way... I hope they won't make the same mistake again.. 

Mon, 7th October 2013, 13:30
A woman slipped and sustained a suspected lower leg fracture. She phoned for help and the team responded. She was treated by team members and carried to an air ambulance for transfer to hospital.
Fri, 4th October 2013, 17:24
A man slipped on a wet slab, sustaining a suspected lower leg fracture. He was treated by team members and evacuated from the hill
Mon, 23rd September 2013, 21:05

While searching for the missing man from the previous rescue, another call came in from two more people who had become benighted at an unspecific location. They had no real idea where they where, but thanks to a bit of web based jiggery pokery we were able to locate them with technology. They were then hunted down by humans and escorted from the fell

Mon, 23rd September 2013, 17:30

A man phoned for help after losing his map and getting lost. He was able to give a detailed description of his route and he was located fairly quickly in the Mart Crag Moor area by team members. He was assisted off the fell down to Langdale.

Sat, 21st September 2013, 16:55
A man was reported as suffering a leg injury on the Crinkle Crag ridge. Further questioning of the informant suggested exhaustion rather than an actual injury. The team responded, accompanied by Kendal MRT, since we were rather thinly spread at this stage, due to the previous callout. The casualty was located near Rest Ghyll, and assisted off the hill. It has been along day...
Sat, 21st September 2013, 15:35
A group of young people with a leader were reported as in difficulty, with one of the young people being assisted/carried by his companions. The informant had left the site, so further information was sparse. The team was deployed and the group were located. They continued to make their own way down, whilst accompanied by a couple of team members. Other team members were deployed to the second incident that had occurred.
Fri, 20th September 2013, 16:38
We were called to assist a woman who felt unwell near Troutbeck Tongue. When we arrived, she had been assisted to a farm, and she was transferred to an ambulance for the trip to hospital.
Fri, 20th September 2013, 02:43
We were called to assist other emergency service with the rescue of a woman from Stock Ghyll, Ambleside. She was recovered without incident.
Thu, 12th September 2013, 15:16

A lone female walker became disorientated while walking in the Bowfell/Crinkle Crag area... attempts were made to contact and locate her, and she eventually made contact, having found The Band, and was making her own way off.

Mon, 9th September 2013, 13:21
A man slipped and dislocated his kneecap while descending from Lingmoor. He was treated by team members and air ambulance paramedics and evacuated from the fell
Mon, 2nd September 2013, 13:28

A man was reported as having failed to return from a walk from the previous day. We were in the early stages of organising a search when he turned up.

Sat, 31st August 2013, 15:46

A man slipped while descending Wansfell. He suffered a fractured kneecap! Ouch!! Treated, and evacuated by stretcher

Fri, 30th August 2013, 13:46

The team was called to assist a multi-agency response to rescue a woman from her car, that had rolled 150 metres down steep ground and come to rest on its side. The lone female passenger was seriously injured. All agencies worked together to extricate her and evacuate her to a point from where she was winched into a Seaking helicopter from RAF Boulmer and flown to RVI, Newcastle.

Wed, 28th August 2013, 14:00

The team were requested check the welfare of the passengers of a vehicle reported as stranded on Wrynose Pass. They were checked, and were OK, so recovery of them and their vehicle was arranged.

Sat, 10th August 2013, 20:49
Flashing lights were reported from the crags on Red Screes. Team members investigated, but only found some people walking down who had been using flash to take photographs.
Sat, 10th August 2013, 14:47

A woman slipped and sustained a fracture to her lower leg. She was treated by team members and evacuated to an ambulance at the roadside

Fri, 9th August 2013, 13:49
Three members of a group of five became cragfast on the lower section of the Rake. They called for help and the team responded. Before we could get to them, other people in the area went to their assistance and got them off. A reported ankle injury proved to be very minor and didn't stop the group from walking off the hill with out any further assistance from us.
Wed, 7th August 2013, 19:49

A 19-year-old woman became cragfast on steep ground above Dungeon Ghyll, suffering a panic attack in the process. She was retrieved by team members and assisted down.

Tue, 6th August 2013, 13:11

The team assisted NWAS paramedics with the evacuation of a woman from the lake shore near Wray Castle. She had taken a tumble and sustained a head injury which left her dazed and confused. She was stretchered to an ambulance for onward transport to hospital.

Sat, 3rd August 2013, 12:20
A 70 year old man suffered a suspected TIA while walking with his family near Colwith Force. Two NWAS paramedics, Coniston MRT and ourselves responded to treat and evacuate the man to an ambulance for onward transport to hospital
Thu, 1st August 2013, 18:09

We were called to assist a female with poss broken ankle. We did.. she was treated and airlifted to hospital in Lancaster

Fri, 26th July 2013, 16:21

A man was reported as having fallen and suffered a head injury. He was evacuated to an air ambulance and taken to hospital.

Sun, 21st July 2013, 12:37
A woman slipped while descending from Greenup Edge and sustained a suspected fracture to her lower leg. She was treated by team members, evacuated to a lower, flatter location and then airlifted to hospital by air ambulance. It was a very hot, dry day, but despite this the woman started to suffer from the cold due to being immobilised for the 50 or so minutes it took team members to arrive. There's no winning with our weather!! Five Kendal team members turned up to help out. It would have been a very long carry if we'd had to carry her all the way to Grasmere
Sat, 20th July 2013, 16:14
A brief jaunt to the water side at Grasmere to assist the ambulance crew who had been called to help a woman who had slipped and sustained a suspected fracture to her lower leg. The temptation to swim was resisted, but only just..!
Thu, 18th July 2013, 19:13

The team's dog handlers were on their regular Thursday night training session at Red Screes, when they encountered a woman who had slipped and sustained a lower leg injury. She was treated and evacuated to the road for onward transport to hospital

Thu, 11th July 2013, 21:00

We were requested to assist NWAS paramedics evacuate a woman who had slipped and sustained an ankle injury near Miller Ground, Windermere

Tue, 9th July 2013, 17:14

A 65-year-old male was reported as collapsed on the path up to Grizedale Tarn. We quickly confirmed that it was the Tongue Ghyll and set off. We were notified that an air ambulance was on its way from Newcastle. We both arrived at the same time. He was noticably dehydrated, and was likely suffering from drinking lake water earlier in the day. The man was treated with fluids and then stretchered to the air ambulance and evacuated to hospital.

Sat, 6th July 2013, 12:18

A young male collapsed while walking with his school. The team were called and we quickly identified this as a very serious incident. It was known that an RAF helicopter was in the area training with Wasdale MRT. It was immediately requested to assist, which it did. One of the groups teachers was carrying out CPR when they arrived, and he was quickly evacuated to West Cumberland Infirmary. Sadly, the young man died several days later, despite the best efforts of all involved.

Thu, 4th July 2013, 16:49

A young woman slipped on wet rock and injured her knee. The team was called and she was treated and evacuated to an ambulance

Thu, 4th July 2013, 00:50
Two team members checked out a report of flashing lights in the vicinity of Easedale Tarn. Nothing was seen. False alarm with good intent
Wed, 3rd July 2013, 14:45
A lady slipped and banged her head. She was treated and evacuated by the team to a waiting air ambulance.
Sat, 29th June 2013, 12:58

A woman, on a birthday celebration weekend with her husband, slipped and sustained an ankle injury. The team was called and she was evacuated by air ambulance. But hey! She got a helicopter ride as a birthday surprise!!

Thu, 27th June 2013, 13:02

A man slipped while walking near Sweden Bridge. He sustained a painful arm injury. He was treated and evacuated by air ambulance to RLI.

Mon, 24th June 2013, 13:47
A 12-year-old boy slipped and sustained a leg injury. The team was called by a team of dry-stone wallers, working nearby. He was treated and evacuated by air ambulance.
Thu, 20th June 2013, 14:02

The team were called when two climbers fell from Long Scar, nr Three Shires Stone. One sustained serious multiple injuries, the other, although seemingly badly injured at the time, suffered no serious injury. Two air ambulances, and an RAF Seaking attended, and with all parties pulling together, the two were stabilised and flown to the Royal Victoira Infirmary. Kendal MRT also attended.. there's always a back up plan, in case the weather clags in and the helicopters can't fly.

Sun, 9th June 2013, 15:17

A man injured his leg when he slipped near Rydal Cave. The team was called, and he was evacuated to an ambulance parked on a nearby road.

Sat, 8th June 2013, 11:58
A competitor in the Grasmere Gallop race sustained a lower leg injury. He was treated and evacuated to the car park, from where he was taken to hospital by family members.
Sun, 26th May 2013, 14:09

A 25-year-old mountain biker fell and sustained a head injury. He was treated by team members and evacuated to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle by RAF helicopter

Sat, 25th May 2013, 14:30
A climber took a fall from Raven Crag at Walthwaite. He sustained an nasty injury to his ankle/foot/ He was treated at the scene and then extracted from the crag and evacuated by stretcher.
Sun, 19th May 2013, 15:47

While still dealing with the previous incident, a second one ocurred. This one was dealt with by team members who had liberated themselves from the first incident, along with team members from Kendal and Wasdale MRT.

Sun, 19th May 2013, 14:05

A woman was reported as being unable to continue following an injury to her knee. The team attended, along with the air ambulance. She was treated by their paramedic and evacuated to the helicopter with help from a number of team members. While this incidemt was in progress a second ocurred...

Thu, 16th May 2013, 15:00
A woman slipped and sustained a lower leg injury. The team was called and the woman was evacuated to an ambulance for transport to hospital.
Tue, 14th May 2013, 11:16

A man slipped on wet ground and sustained a lower leg injury. It wasn't easy to locate him, since he had no map or other means of determining his position. He did have a pamphlet describing his walk, and luckily the weather was clear, so we could spot him once we were in the area. He wasn't anywhere close to a path when he was located.

Mon, 13th May 2013, 19:52

The team was called to assist a man with a leg injury on Post Knott, Bowness. We duly assisted.

Sat, 11th May 2013, 21:10
Three men were reported overdue from a walk to Pavey Ark. Information was patchy, but we were able to locate their car, and subsequently them, in the car park at Stickle Barn. Assisted by Patterdale team leader, who was in the area.
Sat, 11th May 2013, 12:15

A 60-year-old man started to suffer from hypothermia. His companions got him changed in to dry cloths and two sleeping bags and called the team. The team set off on foot, and an air ambulance was able to attend, reaching the man ahead of the team. He was evacuated from the hill by air ambulance to the valley, where he was met by the team and evacuated the rest of the way. This is the second instance of hypothermia we've dealt with this week. Don't be fooled by the word 'summer'!!

Thu, 9th May 2013, 14:39

A 17-year-old female succumbed to hypothermia near Red Tarn. The team was called and she was located, and checked over. Following rewarming, it was possible to walk her off. Her two companions had also started to suffer between the first call and the team arriving, so they were checked out and assisted from the hill also. They had given an accurate description of their location, but the grid reference was 3km out. Although their personal equipment was inadequate for the conditions, they did have the good sense to put a tent up and take shelter in it.

Mon, 6th May 2013, 17:45

The team was called to assist a mountain biker who had fallen off their bike. The grid reference and physical description placed the incident on the Coffin Route behind Nab Cottage. We were unable to locate the casualty in this location, and where then informed that ambualnce paramedics had located the casualty on the other side of the road and lake, and that they were able to walk down with some assistance. It remains a mystery how this confusion about the loctaion arose and it's fortunate that injuries were not more serious...

Sun, 5th May 2013, 17:00
A man and boy were reported overdue from a walk to Stickle Tarn and Jack's Rake. A search was being organised when they turned up in Langstrath, Borrowdale.
Sun, 5th May 2013, 16:18
We were called to attend to a person with a lower leg injury at Stake Pass. The team were mobilised, but while on route, it was confirmed that it was on the Keswick side of the pass, so we left them to it.
Sun, 5th May 2013, 14:44

A women sustained an ankle injury near the summit of Hart Crag. She was treated by team members and evacuated by stretcher. We were assisted by Kendal MRT on the long evacuation. While this rescue was in progress, we were called to two other rescues. It was a long day...

Sat, 4th May 2013, 16:35

The team was called to assist the evacuation of a male walker who had sustained a leg injury on the lower section of the path behind the Stickle Barn pub

Sun, 28th April 2013, 14:27
We had just returned to base from the previous incident when we were notified of a second. A man had collapsed twice in a short period of time near Dow Bank. The team were mobilised and an air ambulance was requested to assist. He was treated by team members and evacuated to the air ambulance for transport to hospital.
Sun, 28th April 2013, 12:48

A 15-year-old male was reported seperated from a group on the Cumbria Way in Langdale. A hasty search was organised. While team members were deploying he turned up at the Stickle Barn pub, having detoured up to Stickle Tarn and been pointed back to the valley floor by people up there...

Tue, 23rd April 2013, 23:56

A woman phoned for help after becoming benighted on very steep ground on Helm Crag. She didn't actually know she was on Helm Crag either! A search and some detective work ensued and she was located and recovered from the crag. She was returned to her accommodation and locked safely inside for the rest of the night...

It's possible that she would have made life easier for herself if she'd not been wearing fashion footwear and had taken her sunglasses off..!

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