We were called out to look for a man who was lost on Fairfield. He had phoned for help with his mobile phone. A search was organised in conjunction with SARDA and Patterdale and Kendal MRTs. He was located at Hartsop above How after a couple of hours’ searching. He was escorted off by members of Patterdale MRT.
While we were on scene at the previous incident, we were made aware of another incident on Fairfield summit. A man had slipped on ice and fractured his femur. His crampons were attached to the top of his rucsac. His rucsac was uninjured. The helicopter flew a couple of team members over to Fairfield and dropped them off with the winchman to attend to him. Because of the seriousness of his injury, the deteriorating weather, and the apparent stability of the previous casualty, who was still on board, it was decided to wait while he was treated.
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.
Two men were reported as cragfast. We went to assist them, but further contact revealed that they were nearer the Patterdale side, so Patterdale MRT recovered them instead. With the benefit of hindsight, these two could probably have sorted themselves out, if they hadn’t had access to a mobile phone.
Man, 21 years, walking on Fairfield collapsed, suffering from exposure. Brought down by Team on stretcher and conveyed to Kendal Hospital by Ambulance. Suitably shod but clad only in shirt, pullover and jeans. Insufficiently clad in bitter cold and deep snow.
A couple phoned for help after becoming lost on Fairfield. Attempts to talk them down appeared to have failed, but we were fairly certain they were heading down to Patterdale. Patterdale MRT were requested to assist, as were SARDA. They were located just above Hartsop above How. They had a torch and compass, but were struggling to navigate with any certainty.
A young man sustained a serious ankle fracture when he slipped on a steep wet slope. He was treated by team members and stretchered to Grisedale Hause, from where he was evacuated to hospital by air ambulance.