Incident Reports 1993
A report was recieved from the leader that his party of twelve 60-80 year old walkers were making very slow progress down Far Easedale in darkness, without torches. Four team members went to investigate, but found nothing. A check revealed that all made their own way down in dribs and drabs.
The gentleman who made this call, claiming his friend was in need of our assistance, had already made a similar call to Kendal MRT earlier in the day. He was later caught by local police in a car stolen from Manchester. He appeared before local magistrates the next day. He was ticked off and ordered to be detained until the end of the Police Sergeant's shift and then released. He was given lunch. Must be an example of short, blunt shock.
A 28 year old local man fell 100ft while leading a rock climb. He landed in a tree, sustaining mulitple injuries, including serious head injuries. His helmet probably saved his life. His second recieved nasty rope burns to her hand and arm. The Sun newspaper carried photos and diagrams of this one.
A 25 year old woman collapsed with breathing difficulties. The situation was worsened by her anxiety. She was helicoptered to Barrow for treatment. We are now able to confirm that a vicious breed of midge with very big teeth inhabit this are in June.
This 21 year old man had not been seen since 2pm by his friends. It was rumoured that he had badly blistered feet and was not wearing his spectacles, and therefore would have not gone too far. He turned up at 1am outside a hotel, 20 miles away! Once again, I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
A man driving to Keswick at 10.30am observed two figures stationary on steep fellside. On his return he noticed they were still there. He quite reasonably thought they might be in need of help, so we went to take a look. The two men were photographing low flying aircraft.
The team were called after an injured person was reported on Side Pike. A search revealed nothing. Any injured person there must have been removed from the fell by persons unknown. This afternoon's excursion was made more interesting by hailstones, strong wind and lightning strikes.
A 26 year old woman fell onto a section of shed she was carrying, sustaining a puncture wound to her knee. She continued to work for 4 1/2 hours, until the pain became too much. The N.T. supervisor (and team member) on scene summoned the team using M.R. radio.
A couple reported seeing flashing lights on Raven Crag. A search revealed nothing in the area, however lights were seen in another area. This turned out to be 8 members of a D of E group struggling down in the dark. They were escorted to the National Trust campsite in Great Langdale, where they spent the night.
A well intentioned man reported seeing a man shouting for help. Believing that a climbing accident may have occurred on Pavey Ark, team members searched the area, with the assistance of a helicopter. Nothing was found so the search was called off. While descending Mill Gyhll, team members saw three youths 'raving' to a portable cassette player. They ran away when approached. Draw your own conclusions.
A massive search was undertaken for a 50 year old couple who had seperated from their companions and failed to reach their rendevous at Kirkstone Pass. The man found his way off the fell the next morning and a helicopter located the body of his wife on The Knott soon after. She is thought to have died of hypothermia. The search lasted 16 hours and 150 personnel from 8 Mountain Rescue Teams and a Helicopter took part in appalling weather conditions.
A young man, climbing a steep rock pitch n the ghyll, fell some 50ft as he tried to place a runner. His friend and belayer very kindly broke his fall. Both sustained nasty head, back and leg injuries and multiple cuts. Both were wearing helmets, one of which was badly damaged. They were stretchered out of the ghyll and then were flown to hospital by RAF Bolumer. Their lives were probably saved by their helmets.