Incident Reports 1972
Husband and wife, from Manchester, were walking down from the top of Bowfell, when husband slipped and started to fall down very slippery snow on Left Hand Gully. He fell a considerable distance, sustaining slight injuries. Wife also fell about 500 feet, sustaining fatal injuries. Husband brought down by team that evening, and conveyed to County Hospital, Kendal, and detained. Due to very extreme weather conditions the body of the wife was recovered the following morning.
14-year-old schoolboy, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In party of 22 under a master and a 16-year-old boy. They walked from New Dungeon Ghyll along tops to Angle Tarn, on their way to Borrowdale. Turned back at Angle Tarn due to bad weather. One boy began to suffer from exposure, and was left on the tops, where, we do not know, by the master; left with him were two 14-year-old boys. No waterproof clothing left. Master unable to say where he had left them, and with a bit of luck the boy was found in Mickledon, by team members.
Team alerted and standing by at Low Fold, following a report that 5 people were stranded on Pavy Ark, in very heavy rain, and strong winds. These people managed to reach safety, before team left Low Fold. They had apparently been stranded from about tea time.
Two youths, aged 16 and 15 years, from Bradford, on a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and walking from Wasdale to Langdale. They suffered from slight exposure near foot of Stake Pass. Brought down by team, and then given a hot bath at Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Then allowed home in the evening.
Girl aged 13 years, from Colchester, fell whilst walking with a school party on Loughrigg Terrace. Brought down by team with suspected fracture of the left leg. Taken by Ambulance to Westmorland County Hospital. Team also assisted in helping to school coach, another girl, 13 years, from Colchester, after she had also slipped and sustained a slight injury.
Youth aged 18 years, from Blackpool, was descending Rossett Ghyll when he
slipped and sustained severe spinal injuries, he was brought down Mickledon on the stretcher, and conveyed by Ambulance to County Hospital, Kendal. Footwear Tuf type boots with smooth soles.
Youth aged 18 years, Student, from Harrogate, was descending a short scree near Megs Ghyll, Chapel Stile, when he fell forward sustaining multiple lacerations. Brought down by team, taken by Land Rover to meet Ambulance, for County Hospital, Kendal.
Man, aged 31 years, from Leeds, was walking with a companion in Trout Ghyll, Great Langdale, about 1 p.m. when he slipped and fell, sustaining a fracture of the left ankle. He was brought down the fell, and conveyed to the County Hospital, Kendal. (Walking on fell footpath).
Woman aged 57 years from Preston, walking with her husband on Silver Howe, Grasmere, when she slipped and sustained a suspected fracture of the left ankle. Brought down by team, and then by car to County Hospital, Kendal. Properly clad, footwear only fair.
Man, aged 24 years from Liverpool, walking with a party on Fairfield, became parted from them, about 3 p.m. Search made in co-ordination with Patterdale Team, found in Hart Cragg about 12 midnight. Very little worse for incident. Dressed in Duffle coat and leggings, hardly suitable for conditions.
Man, aged 21 years, Student, from Greenford, Middlesex, leading climb on Raven Cragg, Great Langdale. He slipped and runners came out of rock, fell about 60ft. sustaining an injury to his right ankle. Brought down by team. Car to County Hospital, Kendal. Appeared well clad and shod.