A father and son from Formby were reported missing. 14 search dogs from Lakes, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cleveland areas called to assist and flown to the area by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer. Found about midday safe and well, had been totally lost. Wasdale and Keswick teams also assisted.
Incident Reports 1987
Whilst collecting holly, a 58 year old man from Preston fell 15' from a tree. Team found the casualty being walked down, he was rather confused and drowsy. Possibly been unconscious for some time. Later revealed he sustained a hairline fracture to his skull.
The Wasdale and Keswick teams requested our assistance when 2 schoolboys were reported missing. Searchdogs checked the Rossett Gill, Angle Tarn, Esk Hause areas. At first light small group of team members airlifted to Scafell by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer about mid day, boys found safe and well in Eskdale.
The manager from the ODG reported constant flashing lights on thcfcllside. A small party with search dogs found the problem on Pike Howe. A fire, that had been smouldering on a path had 'f!ared-up'. Path repair gang working nearby during the day.
A small group of team members and the AIB flown to crash site by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer. By late afternoon, with site investigations completed, the wreckage was made secure — trundled down the gulley to screes below. Everyone flown back to Ambleside.
A helicopter from RAF Boulmer flew team, police, RAF MRT's and the Department of Transport Aircraft Investigation Branch to site to recover the pilot's remains. Assisted AIB with examination of wreckage etc. Airlifted to Ambleside Rugby field late afternoon.
Cumbria Police notified the team a light aircraft was missing. Then fellwalkers reported it had crashed in low cloud at top of gulley and exploded. When the team found the wrecked 'Saratoga', the intense fire had burnt the pilots body beyond recognition. Guarded overnight by RAF Linton and RAF Stafford MRT's. Helicopters from RAF Boulmer and Valley forced back due to adverse weather conditions.
During a training hike, a 14 year old youth from Essex collapsed. He was rested then the group pressed on. The youth collapsed again suffering from exhaustion/hypothermia. Given 'hot air' therapy and stretchered to team vehicle. Seen by team doctor at ODG base, then taken to High Close YHA.
Because of wrong information and location, the team was on the Loughrigg side of Rydal Water looking for a 16 year old female from Morecambe. Ankle bootees may have caused her to fall and sustain a fracture to her right leg. Stretchered to Hart Head Farm to an awaiting ambulance.
A search was mounted when a 64 year old man from Kendal was reported missing by his wife. Search dogs checked the usual paths and tracks. Eventually found at Brotherilkeld, Eskdale safe and well. 2 other 'lost' walkers also found at same location.
After becoming parted in very thick mist at Esk Hause, 3 members from a walking club near Southport were reported missing. Team searched without success till 3.45 am. The 3 men came off the fell at 8.30 am, had spent a cold and wet night on Borrowdale side of Stake Pass.
The team assisted by RAF Linton MRT and RAF Stafford MRT went to the aid of a 33 year old climber from Northampton who fell 40' onto a small ledge. She sustained fractured ribs, spinal and leg injuries. Stretcher lowered 80' to base of crag, then conveyed to the ODG to an awaiting ambulance.
A heart attack may have caused a 56 year old man from Liverpool to collapse. The team and Kendal MRT responded. Teams and doctor tried in vain to keep him alive after he suffered a second attack. The man died |usl before a helicopter from RAF Boulmer arrived. Everyone airlifted to Ambleside.
A search was mounted when a 43year old man from Aberdeen failed to return from a walk. Team assisted by search dogs and Keswick MRT. Located him at 2.05 am near Pike-o'-Blisco. Team a'so found some police cadets who were missinp. Everyone escorted to safety.
Three youths were 'instructed' to enter a 3 foot diameter drainage pipe for a short distance. Two returned, but the 18 year old from Kent failed to appear. Alarm raised at 11.15 am, call went to the Cave Rescue Organisation at Settle. Team alerted 11 hours later locating the youth safe and well, still in the pipe.
Patterdale MRT requested our assistance when a 32 year old man from Harrogate failed to meet up with the rest of his army group after taking an alternative route. Found dead in a gulley by a search dog at 5.30 am. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer flew the body off the hillside.
When a 66 year old man from Carlisle failed to return home from a walk, his family raised the alarm. Eleven search dogs (SARDA) scoured the mist shrouded fells all night. At first light extra teams from Furness, Kendal, Bowland-Pennine and RAF Linton MRT covered the complex area again. About mid day gentleman found dead near Pike-o'-Stickie. Helicopters from RAF Boulmer and Valley also assisted.
At 24 year old climber from London, having gone off the recognised route tried to reverse some hard moves and fell 40'. He sustained head, chest, spinal and leg injuries. Stretcher lowered over difficult ground, then carried to an awaiting ambulance.
A 13 year old youth from York collapsed with exhaustion/hypothermia during cold, windy snow showers. The team, assisted by Kendal MRT 're-warmed' the casualty and stretchered him off the fell. The rest of group escorted to safety. All checked over by Team Doctor.
The team, assisted by members from RAF Valley MRT went to the aid of a 42 year old man from York who slipped on rough track and sustained a serious knee injury. Stretchered to team's ambulance and transferred at Ambleside Ambulance Station for Kendal Hospital.
The cold and heavy rain may have caused a 15year old girl from County Kilkenny to collapse with hypothermia. When the team and Kendal MRT found the girl, she had recovered enough to be escorted down. After some searching and telephone calls, other children found safe and well at Haweswater. Also assisted by Patterdale MRT and RAF Valley MRT.
A16 year old youth, who's friend had fallen and broken his leg walked down to Grasmere to raise the alarm. He could not read a map and had no idea where the casualty was on the fell. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer was called to assist and eventually found casualty at Far Easedale,
At mid day 14 teenage students from Plymouth left Thunacar Knott en-route for Mickleden. They failed to reach the ODG. A search was instigated with the Keswick team checking Langstrath. Eventually located near Angle Tarn suffering from exhaustion. 'Re-warmed', given hot drinks and plenty of food then escorted to safety. Low cloud and snow showers hampered the operation.
A 21 year old man from Crosby fell 500' from rocks near top of snow/ice climb. He sustained back, leg and very serious head in|uries. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer flew team doctor and unconscious casualty to Lancaster Hospital. Later transferred to Preston Royal Hospital. His condition was critical for some time.
Deep snow and iced-up roads prevented the local ambulance attending to an 80 year old man who was very poorly with a heart condition. Using No 2 Landrover with its special studded tyres, team members conveyed the gentleman from his home to Ambleside Ambulance Station.
Having just returned from call out number 1, the team was called again. Two youths from Leyland, with inadequate clothing and footwear, fell some distance over snow covered ledges. Casualty with pelvic, leg injuries and exposure was stretcher lowered over the main buttress to base of crag, whilst second casually with exposure was lowered down Kilnshaw Chimney.
The team went to the assistance of a 17 year old youth from Leyland who sustained head, back and leg injuries when he fell 400' out of a snow filled gulley onto screes. His equipment and training shoes were unsuitable for the snow and ice conditions. Local climbers in the vicinity assisted with evacuation.