An A.T.C. Officer aged 40 from Wilford, Notts, demonstrating abseil methods, fell 50' when climbing belt and safety rope became detached from tutor. He sustained serious multiple injuries. A helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer flew casualty to Whitehaven Hospital.
Incident Reports 1981
The Team were called to search a crag for a 13 year old boy who was last seen on ledges near a 200' drop. Darkness and snow showers hampered the search of the face. Eventually located and extracted to safety suffering from shock and exposure. Treated by team Doctor.
Whilst trying to take a short cut on Fell race a 24 year old female from Gwynedd fell in Gulley and suffered spinal, head and rib injuries. Members of Bolton M.R.T. assisted. A slightly injured male competitor was also escorted down the fell.
The Team assisted by Coniston M.R.T. went to the aid of a 26 year old female climber from Hove, Sussex who fell whilst leading Pitch 8. She sustained multiple injuries. A 250' stretcher lower down the face in darkness ensued.
Smooth soled training shoes could have caused a 10 year old girl from York to slip on boulders. She sustained head injuries with temporary loss of hearing and vision. Mother escorted to safety. Both dressed in casual gear and footwear.
The Team went to the assistance of a 33 year old climber from London who was left hanging free from the rock when his abseil rope fouled up in his harness. Climber trying to recover "Runners" from "Haste not Direct". Taken off crag unhurt.
A novice climber aged 17 from Newcastle-upon-Lyme and wearing E.B. Rockbootsfell90' from "Holly Tree Traverse" during heavy rain. He sustained collar bone, rib and arm fractures. Leader of group tried to walk the casualty down, but called Team as casualties condition rapidly deteriorated.
The Keswick and Wasdale Teams requested our assistance to search the Head of Langdale for a 69 year old man from Nantwich, Cheshire who was reported missing on walk to Scafell Pike. Found safe and well the following morning by Keswick M.R.T.
The Team, assisted by S.A.R.D.A. and R.A.F. Leeming M.R.T., searched for 2 men from Nottingham who became separated from main group in bad weather. Found at 9.45 p.m. Low down in Crinkle Ghyll very wet and exhausted. Escorted to safety by team.
The Team assisted by R.A.F. Leeming M.R.T. struggled in gale force 8 conditions to reach a 52 vear old female from Grimsby, reported to be suffering from exhaustion/exposure on Shelter crags. A protracted search ensued as casualty not at location given. Found at 11.15 p.m. in Rest Ghyll and evacuated by stretcher to Langdale.
During call-out no. 7 the Team was notified of a 62 year old female from Wirral Cheshire in difficulties with damaged knee ligaments after falling on boulders. As the R.A.F. Helicopter was already in attendance they flew into Stake Pass and winched the casualty aboard and ferried her to a waiting ambulance.
A 22 year old student from Glasgow University fell 80' whilst leading the route "Astra". He sustained head and chest injuries and was flown to Lancaster Infirmary by R.A.F. Boulmer. The second climber suffered burns to both hands and was escorted down.
A search was mounted with assistance from S.A.R.D.A., Furness, Kendal and Patterdale Teams for a solo fellwalker who left a route card at a youth hostel but never returned. Teams searched for 11/2 days for this youth from York University. Located by police at a Keswick Youth Hostel.