Incident Reports 1983
At the request of Wasdale M.R.T. a large search was mounted when three boys were reported missing. Eight teams, S.A.R.D.A., RAF Stafford M.R.T. and RAF Linton M.R.T., searched with negative results. Found on Wasdale campsite, had been there 18 hours.
Two soldiers from Catterick Camp collapsed with exposure and exhaustion during gale force winds and torrential rain. Found by a group from RAF Linton M.R.T. who alerted the team. RAF Stafford M.R.T. also assisted with the evacuation of the two casualties.
The Team assisted by Keswick M.R.T. and S.A.R.D.A. searched in torrential rain for a 53 year old man from Lincoln who was reported overdue on walk from Scafell. The man who had neither torch, map nor compass, was found Benighted in Rossett Gill. Escorted to safety.
As rescue 39 was in progress the Team split and went to the assistance of a 41 year old man from Swindon who suffered head, spinal, arm and leg injuries when he fell 70 feet due to a rock hand-hold breaking away. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer winched up the casualty from the crag then flew on to camp site field to airlift casualty 39 and take both to Whitehaven Hospital.
Smooth canvas footwear may have caused a 22 year old female from Kent to fall 70 feet over ledges and down steep fellside onto some large boulders. She sustained head, spinal, arm injuries and a fractured ankle. Stretchered down to campsite field to await helicopter that was on rescue 40.
During the evacuation on rescue 37, climbers on the crag alerted the teams that a 27 year old man from London had been hit on the head by rocks dislodged from above. The Team assisted by RAF St. Athan M.R.T., evacuated the critically injured man to Stickle Tarn. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer airlifted both casualties to Whitehaven Hospital.
RAF St. Athan M.R.T., who were on exercise, alerted the Team and assisted when a 21 year old climber from Ipswich fell whilst leading "Arcturas" and suffered a fracture to his leg. Lowered off and Stretchered to Stickle Tarn to await helicopter from Rescue 38
Nine Lake District teams, two from the Mid-Pennines, a mine rescue unit, S.A.R.D.A. and RAF Linton M.R.T. searched for two days when a 29 year old man from Kendal left a suicide note. Found by search dog in Yeasty Rigg Gill, Mosedale with very severe injuries and shock. Airlifted to Whitehaven Hospital by a helicopter from RAF Leconfield.
During a very bad thunderstorm, the Team, assisted by RAF Linton M.R.T, went to the aid of a 45 year old man from Winchester who had been struck by lightening and DIED. His wife sustained burnt feet and shock. The Teams conveyed the body down and escorted others to safety
A 21 year old man from Newcastle-under-Lyme sustained head and spinal injuries when he fell 80 feet from "Rake End Chimney" and landed on Jacks Rake. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer flew the injured climber to Whitehaven Hospital. A female companion who was only slightly injured was airlifted to safety.
Many people reported the sighting of a red flare. The Team, having just completed rescue no. 5 turned out again. As most of the high crags were still under winter conditions all essential rescue gear was deployed. The Team reached Stickle Tarn and found a 'bored' couple setting off flares, not knowing the consequences. Escorted off the fell and dealt with by the local police officers.