Incident Reports 1986
A small group came across a 46 year old man from Whetherby who had collapsed with a heart attack and exposure. A helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer airlifted the casualty and the group, who were now very cold to the N.D.G. hotel. Then flew casualty to Whitehaven hospital.
Very severe gales, hail storms and torrential rain during the night blew away tents and equipment causing 13 people to suffer from exposure. Some incredible flying by helicopters from R.A.F. Boulmer and Valley was demonstrated during the evacuation. The serious cases flow in to hospital. The rest, along with the team and equipment flown to Ambleside rugby field.
The team went to the assitance of a 59 year old man from Widnes who got off course and fell a short distance down a gulley. A small sapling saved him from falling any further. He sustained head and chest injuries and a broken leg. The small tree survived intact!
Suspect navigation in low cloud may have caused a 32 year old man from Shropshire to become lost in the Crinkle Crags area. Using C.B. radio he kept in contact with his wife, who alerted the team. Eventually located on The Band and escorted to safety.
It was reputed that a rock hold gave way when a 22 year old man from Sunderland deviated off route and fell 70'. He suffered very severe head injuries and was flow to Whitehaven hospital by helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer but was found to be dead on arrival.
Whilst preparing to start a route a 26 year old female from Liverpool was hit and pinned to the ground when a large rockfall occured. She sustained fractures to her skull, collar-bone, arm. leg and other serious m|unes. As a "Joint Exercise" on Oakhowe Crags was taking place, the team and Bowland-Pennine M.R.T. responded to the alert. She was lowered 40' to a flat area and a helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer winched up and flew the casualty to Whitehaven Hospital.
The team and R.A.F. St. Athans M.R.T. just completed Rescue No. 18 turned out again when a 40 year old man from Kendal fell 50' to base of crag. He sustained severe head and other multiple injuries. A helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer winched up casualty and team doctor and flew both to hospital
The team assisted Kendal M.R.T. when a serious multiple casualty situation occured at the head of Kentmere. Blizzards, ice and fresh deep snow hampered the night operation. Casualties from both groups located in the early hours and eventually flown to hospital by R.A.F. helicopters from Boulmer and Valley. Assisted by other Lakes teams and RAF. Linton and R.A.F. Stafford M.R.T.s.