An R.A.F. team on exercise found a Preston couple who had been benighted due to injuries
sustained whilst carrying bicycles from Borrowdale to Grasmere. The man, aged 49, had a
fractured leg, chest and hip injuries. The female aged 36 was suffering from severe
exposure. The team and the RAF Linton M.R.T. stretchered both casulaties to safety.
Weather conditions: cold, gale force winds, rain, heavy snow showers.
A woman suffered a nasty fracture/dislocated ankle high in Far Easedale. We treated her injury, and she was evacuated by air ambulance, removing the need for a long carry down. We were happily trekking down when were alerted to another incident on Helm Crag.
A man phoned for help having succumbed to the cold conditions while walking from Borrowdale to Grasmere. After all, it is summer! We got the minimum information from the initial call,
A man sustained a knee injury in Far Easedale. We were given a location by a passer-by. A second informant gave us another location, which he was adamant was correct. He was completely wrong (and is probably still up there, if his map reading skills are anything to go by!). The casualty was treated by team members and carried down with assistance from Kendal MRT. More substantial footwear may have given him more support and prevented the damage.
A 38-year-old German woman sustained a suspected ankle fracture. This resulted in her spending the night out in a tent. Her friend was able raise the alarm first thing, next day. The team treated her injury and the she was evacuated to Furness General Hospital by air ambulance. Kendal MRT also assisted.
A man in his 70s collapsed while descending Far Easedale. He was described to us as stumbling and delirious. Initial reports of his location were contradictory, but he was quickly tracked down and evacuated to West Cumberland Hospital by a helicopter from RN Gannett. He was diagnosed at hospital as having a heart condition.