This climber fell 30 feet onto a large ledge, breaking his ankle. The team lowered him off on a stretcher about 50 feet to the base of the crag. He was then dispatched down the fellside with the usual efficiency, helped by RAF Stafford.
This man was climbing in the gill and slipped on wet rocks. RAF Boulmer were on training in the area and offered to help. The man was located and his fractured knee-cap, tibia and fibia were treated by team members. He was winched on board and flown to hospital.
This man fell 20 feet to be stopped only by the ground, due to his companions lack of belaying technique. The man sustained serious h€&d, spinal, arm and leg injuries. The team conveyed him off the fell using a vacuum mattress.
Three young women decided to walk up Crinkle Gill, when the going became tough they tried to climb out of the steep sided gill becoming crag fast, The team were called to lower them to safety, an RAF helicopter was in the area and came to help. However the women refused to be air lifted and the team patiently continued in the inevitable manner,
Three men set off towards Bowfell, in very wintry conditions, hard packed snow and ice underfoot. The group split up and chose different routes to the summit and said they would meet there. One member of the party was later discovered dead some 300 ft below where he was last seen, he had slipped and fallen, probably due to lack of equipment and experience.
While attending call out number 3. RAF Leeming heard shouts for help, they located one man and his dog, ill at ease with his environment. Escorted down by RAF Leeming to be met by LAMRT with extra lights. He recovered after food and drink at Lowfold Base.
A 28 year old manslipped trying to climb the Bad Step and fell 30ft. Team members were airlifted to the scene by RAF Boulmer where they found him with fractures to his wrist and ankle and injuries to his back. He was also hypothermic. His condition was stabilised and he was airlifted to hospital. He was carrying crampons, but they only work when they are on your boots - they don't work in your rucsac.
A 35 year old man had started up Jack's Rake, alone, after his friends had, wisely, declined his invitation to go with him. After a short distance he tried to climb down again, but was unable to, because of the ice. He continued up, and slipped, dislocating his kneecap, and injuring his back. Mobile phone calls from the area gave us the impression that he was only just able to hang on. Members of RAF Leeming MRT were in the area and they were able to get to him before us, and stabilise him. He was then airlifted to hospital by RAF Boulmer.
Another man was reported overdue. We decided that they were probably together. This proved to be the case when they were located unhurt at 7.45 a.m next day. The weather conditions were playing up that night. Some hill parties were experiencing calm conditions and others were experiencing gales and snow, only a few miles apart.
A 50 year old man was reported missing in the Bowfell area. He had left only vague plans with a friend, so we had to search a large area, in worsening weather. We were assisted by an RAF helicopter from Boulmer and MRT's from RAF Leeming, Kendal, Keswick, Millom and Furness. We knew of a possible sighting of him at around 3p.m. that afternoon, but were confused by the fact that this person had not been alone. We worked it out at 2 a.m. when...
A couple had been climbing and had completed their route, when it went too dark to find their way down (without torches). They shouted for help for over 3 hours before anyone heard them. We went and found them and walked them down. They were unhurt. This type of incident seems to be popular this year. Not with us I might add.
A local farmer saw a paraglider land heavily, on rough ground, and then not move for some time. He was naturally concerned. He informed us and we went to check it out. We located the man in question, who had made his way to the roadside, with only minor injuries. He was delayed on the hill because he was trying to untangle his paraglider and fly down, when it went dark.
One of those cunning attempts to catch us out before lunch. A 16 year old girl collapsed, while on a school walking trip, with severe stomach pains. She had had her appendix removed recently, and had a history of pain. She had been advised by her G.P. not to go on this walk, but had neglected to inform herteachers. Oops! AGAIN.
A search was mounted for this young couple after they were reported missing the previous evening by their parents. No-one had any idea where they were until their car was found in Langdale. A large area search was started and they were located safe and well in Rossett Ghyll. We were assisted by a helicopter from RAF Leconfield, MRTs from RAF Valley, Keswick, Furness, and Kendal and 16 SARDA dogs.
A group of seven D. of E. students were caught in darkness with only one faint torch. Their cries for help were heard in the valley, and the alarm was raised. We tracked them down and escorted them off the fell. We then reunited them with another six from the same school, who were found at the Old Dungeon Ghyll. All thirteen were cold and miserable. They were supposed to be camping at Stickle Tarn. They were put up for the night at a local Youth Hostel. The word, "fiasco", springs to mind.
Two men were climbing Gimmer Crack, a "Very Severe" rockclimb. One of them was unable to complete a pitch near the top. It went dark while he tried. His friend was unable to pull him up. He attempted to abseil down, but in the dark, missed the belay ledge and came to the end of the rope. At this point he became stuck. His friend managed to make his way down and raise the alarm. We located him, lowered a couple of climbers and enough rope down and lowered him to the bottom of the crag.
A 16 year old boy was "jogging" down the hillside when he went out of control and tumbled 80ft. down the fellside. He sustained serious head and spinal injuries. He was stabilised on the hill by the Team and helicoptered by RAF Boulmer to hospital.
During the previous incident we were alerted, by mobile phone, of a 17 year old woman, who had slipped and sustained a suspected ankle fracture. The helicopter with Doctor on board, diverted and picked her up.
A 29 year old man suffered fatal head and neck injuries when he fell 100ft. from Crescent Climb, after a belay failed while abseiling. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer and manpower from RAF Stafford and Leeming assisted.
Take one star, find a skyline, then bob up and down as if to mimic a member of H.M. Armed Forces wandering back from the pub, under the influence. Mix them together and HEY PRESTO! FLASHING LIGHTS. So we went back to bed. This was call-out number 1500 since the Team's formation.
A 17 year girl was reported as unconscious in a tent in this remote spot. Team members were flown to the scene and found the party in question. They were evacuated to Ambleside. When you've driven from the south of England, arrived mid-afternoon, backpacked several miles, put tents up at midnight and gone to sleep, it's amazing how "unconscious" you can appear when someone tries to wake you at 2a.m.
Called to check flashing lights on the hillside. Lights were seen by Team members but nothing was found. During this incident we were notified of a man missing from the N.T. campsite. He was found, having gone astray on the way back from the pub.