The Patterdale Team requested our assistance when a 27 year old female from Colorado, U.S.A. fell from The Rock Chimney' on the edge. Both Teams met up on summit plateau and stretchered casualty down toWythburn. Weather conditions: Showers, cold, misty.
The Patterdale Team requested a medical unit, with the rest of the team on "stand by" at Ambleside base, when 6 males from Cleveland fell a considerable distance whilst attempting a route in very poor snow conditions. Teams from Kendal, Penrith, Kirkby Stephen and R.A.F. Linton M.R.T. struggled in blizzards, deep snow and gale force winds to carry the 3 dead, and 3 with multiple injuries. An R.A.F. helicopter was forced back due to the appalling weather.
The Team was called to assist Patterdale M.R.T. when two men from Skipton, Yorkshire slipped and fell either side of Swirrel Edge — a distance of 500 feet — a helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer airlifted both men to hospital at West Cumberland with serious injuries.
A man walking his dogs became lost. His wife reported him overdue and Patterdale MRT mounted a search. We were requested to assist. He was located on Hart Crag at 2am and escorted down to Ambleside. He had no torch and only barely adequate clothing. With weather conditions being bad and a very poor forecast the following day, the possibility of him not surviving was very real. Fortunately his whistles were heard over the wind and he was found. He was escorted down to safety by members from both teams.
We received a call via the Police from a man who was requesting help. He only seemed to know that he was in Cumbria. Questioning revealed that he was on Helvellyn. Further investigation revealed that his only problem was that he needed to contact his friend and had run out of credit on his mobile phone. It was suggested that he sort himself out. I understand a different expression was used, but I can't repeat that here.