Incident Reports 2013

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Incident Report #97 2013

A solo male phoned for help after becoming lost between Langdale and Grasmere. It proved very difficult to locate him, but eventually we worked out where he was. With some guidance by phone he was able to find a way down to Grasmere before it went dark. This was a little unfortunate, because he'd parked his car in Langdale. A smartphone, and the torch and a photo of a map from a book stored on the same phone don't constitute adequate navigation equipment.

Man Hours
3 team members for 2 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY307092

Incident Report #95 2013

A man and a dog were reported as being in the River Rothay in Ambleside. The dog managed to get back out of the water, but the man was swept away. A search was organised, involving Police, Ambulance, Fire Service, Lake Wardens and Coastguard. Sadly, he was located, deceased, in the water some time later. Early suggestions that he was trying to rescue the dog can't be corroborated.

Man Hours
12 team members for 2.5 hours, plus a passing member of Patterdale MRT
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY372045

Incident Report #94 2013

Two men contacted police asking for directions, being unable to locate a route off Hart Crag. A bit of detective work, followed by some difficulty actually managing to speak to them, due to poor mobile phone coverage, and we agreed that their best option was to follow the wall south from their location to Ambleside. They confirmed that they had safely found their way down at about 21:15
Man Hours
1 team member for 4 hours
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY369110

Incident Report #91 2013

A 92 year old male was reported overdue from one of his regular walks on Loughrigg. A search was organised but he was located having made his way to a private house, having taken a small fall and suffered a minor head injury. He was treated by paramedics and the team was stood down.

Man Hours
14 team members for 1.5 hours
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY354058

Incident Report #87 2013

We were just drawing the previous incident to a conclusion when we were called to attend a solo male walker who had suffered a lower leg injury in the Bright Beck area. He was treated by team members, assisted by Kendal MRT and evacuated to an air ambulance that had also attended

Man Hours
13 team members for 4 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY286081

Incident Report #86 2013

We were requested to assisted in locating a vulnerable young woman who was reported missing and thought to be in the vicinity of the River Brathay. A search was organised and assistance was requested from Kendal MRT and SARDA. She was located around 10:30 by police.
Man Hours
15 team members for 4 hours, plus Kendal MRT and SARDA
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY339039

Incident Report #85 2013

A family of five became cragfast near the top of Jack's Rake. The alarm was raised by a third party who witnessed their struggle. The team was mobilised to assist. The two parents managed to scramble out, but wisely made their offspring stay put where the were safe, but stranded. We recovered the three young people by descending to them, fixing ropes and then guiding them back up to the top. We then all descended to the valley. Conditions were 'interesting', with heavy rain, hail and occasional strong winds.
Man Hours
14 team members for 7 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY284078

Incident Report #82 2013

A despondent male was reported as in danger in the Grasmere area. His car had been located by police, so acting on information provided by them, we searched a number of locations between Grasmere and Sergeant Man. He was located on the path coming down from Easedale Tarn. He was escorted the remainder of the way down and handed over to police for safekeeping.

Man Hours
8 team members for 3.5 hours, plus SARDA
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY310087

Incident Report #80 2013

Three intrepid explorers went exploring, at 4pm. But without a map or torch.. so when it went dark they had to stop exploring because there was nothing to see... including the way down... we went a showed them the way... I hope they won't make the same mistake again.. 

Man Hours
7 team members for 4 hour
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY284079

Incident Report #77 2013

While searching for the missing man from the previous rescue, another call came in from two more people who had become benighted at an unspecific location. They had no real idea where they where, but thanks to a bit of web based jiggery pokery we were able to locate them with technology. They were then hunted down by humans and escorted from the fell

Man Hours
13 team members for 4 hours, plus SARDA
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY254080

Incident Report #76 2013

A man phoned for help after losing his map and getting lost. He was able to give a detailed description of his route and he was located fairly quickly in the Mart Crag Moor area by team members. He was assisted off the fell down to Langdale.

Man Hours
13 team members for 4 hours, plus Keswick MRT and SARDA
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY271087

Incident Report #75 2013

A man was reported as suffering a leg injury on the Crinkle Crag ridge. Further questioning of the informant suggested exhaustion rather than an actual injury. The team responded, accompanied by Kendal MRT, since we were rather thinly spread at this stage, due to the previous callout. The casualty was located near Rest Ghyll, and assisted off the hill. It has been along day...
Man Hours
Many!!!
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY374096

Incident Report #74 2013

A group of young people with a leader were reported as in difficulty, with one of the young people being assisted/carried by his companions. The informant had left the site, so further information was sparse. The team was deployed and the group were located. They continued to make their own way down, whilst accompanied by a couple of team members. Other team members were deployed to the second incident that had occurred.
Man Hours
12 team members for 3 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY374096

Incident Report #67 2013

The team was called to assist a multi-agency response to rescue a woman from her car, that had rolled 150 metres down steep ground and come to rest on its side. The lone female passenger was seriously injured. All agencies worked together to extricate her and evacuate her to a point from where she was winched into a Seaking helicopter from RAF Boulmer and flown to RVI, Newcastle.

Man Hours
10 team members for 3 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY 287031

Incident Report #63 2013

Three members of a group of five became cragfast on the lower section of the Rake. They called for help and the team responded. Before we could get to them, other people in the area went to their assistance and got them off. A reported ankle injury proved to be very minor and didn't stop the group from walking off the hill with out any further assistance from us.
Man Hours
15 team members for 3 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY285079

Incident Report #57 2013

A woman slipped while descending from Greenup Edge and sustained a suspected fracture to her lower leg. She was treated by team members, evacuated to a lower, flatter location and then airlifted to hospital by air ambulance. It was a very hot, dry day, but despite this the woman started to suffer from the cold due to being immobilised for the 50 or so minutes it took team members to arrive. There's no winning with our weather!! Five Kendal team members turned up to help out. It would have been a very long carry if we'd had to carry her all the way to Grasmere
Man Hours
12 team members for 5 hours, plus Kendal MRT
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY287105

Incident Report #56 2013

A brief jaunt to the water side at Grasmere to assist the ambulance crew who had been called to help a woman who had slipped and sustained a suspected fracture to her lower leg. The temptation to swim was resisted, but only just..!
Man Hours
11 team members for 1.5 hours
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY343059

Incident Report #55 2013

The team's dog handlers were on their regular Thursday night training session at Red Screes, when they encountered a woman who had slipped and sustained a lower leg injury. She was treated and evacuated to the road for onward transport to hospital

Man Hours
2 team members for 1.5 hours
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY403815

Incident Report #53 2013

A 65-year-old male was reported as collapsed on the path up to Grizedale Tarn. We quickly confirmed that it was the Tongue Ghyll and set off. We were notified that an air ambulance was on its way from Newcastle. We both arrived at the same time. He was noticably dehydrated, and was likely suffering from drinking lake water earlier in the day. The man was treated with fluids and then stretchered to the air ambulance and evacuated to hospital.

Man Hours
15 team members for 4.25 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY347107

Incident Report #52 2013

A young male collapsed while walking with his school. The team were called and we quickly identified this as a very serious incident. It was known that an RAF helicopter was in the area training with Wasdale MRT. It was immediately requested to assist, which it did. One of the groups teachers was carrying out CPR when they arrived, and he was quickly evacuated to West Cumberland Infirmary. Sadly, the young man died several days later, despite the best efforts of all involved.

Man Hours
16 team members for 4 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY286080

Incident Report #45 2013

The team were called when two climbers fell from Long Scar, nr Three Shires Stone. One sustained serious multiple injuries, the other, although seemingly badly injured at the time, suffered no serious injury. Two air ambulances, and an RAF Seaking attended, and with all parties pulling together, the two were stabilised and flown to the Royal Victoira Infirmary. Kendal MRT also attended.. there's always a back up plan, in case the weather clags in and the helicopters can't fly.

Man Hours
18 team members for 3 hours, plus Kendal MRT
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY273036

Incident Report #39 2013

A woman was reported as being unable to continue following an injury to her knee. The team attended, along with the air ambulance. She was treated by their paramedic and evacuated to the helicopter with help from a number of team members. While this incidemt was in progress a second ocurred...

Man Hours
8 team members for 3 hours, plus Kendal MRT
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY276042

Incident Report #37 2013

A man slipped on wet ground and sustained a lower leg injury. It wasn't easy to locate him, since he had no map or other means of determining his position. He did have a pamphlet describing his walk, and luckily the weather was clear, so we could spot him once we were in the area. He wasn't anywhere close to a path when he was located.

Man Hours
15 team members for 3 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY320097

Incident Report #35 2013

Three men were reported overdue from a walk to Pavey Ark. Information was patchy, but we were able to locate their car, and subsequently them, in the car park at Stickle Barn. Assisted by Patterdale team leader, who was in the area.
Man Hours
1 team member for 1 hour, plus Patterdale team leader
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY294065

Incident Report #34 2013

A 60-year-old man started to suffer from hypothermia. His companions got him changed in to dry cloths and two sleeping bags and called the team. The team set off on foot, and an air ambulance was able to attend, reaching the man ahead of the team. He was evacuated from the hill by air ambulance to the valley, where he was met by the team and evacuated the rest of the way. This is the second instance of hypothermia we've dealt with this week. Don't be fooled by the word 'summer'!!

Man Hours
15 team members for 2.75 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY245078

Incident Report #33 2013

A 17-year-old female succumbed to hypothermia near Red Tarn. The team was called and she was located, and checked over. Following rewarming, it was possible to walk her off. Her two companions had also started to suffer between the first call and the team arriving, so they were checked out and assisted from the hill also. They had given an accurate description of their location, but the grid reference was 3km out. Although their personal equipment was inadequate for the conditions, they did have the good sense to put a tent up and take shelter in it.

Man Hours
19 team members for 4 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY268035

Incident Report #32 2013

The team was called to assist a mountain biker who had fallen off their bike. The grid reference and physical description placed the incident on the Coffin Route behind Nab Cottage. We were unable to locate the casualty in this location, and where then informed that ambualnce paramedics had located the casualty on the other side of the road and lake, and that they were able to walk down with some assistance. It remains a mystery how this confusion about the loctaion arose and it's fortunate that injuries were not more serious...

Man Hours
19 team members for 1.5 hours
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY357060

Incident Report #29 2013

A women sustained an ankle injury near the summit of Hart Crag. She was treated by team members and evacuated by stretcher. We were assisted by Kendal MRT on the long evacuation. While this rescue was in progress, we were called to two other rescues. It was a long day...

Man Hours
21 team members for 6 hours, plus Kendal MRT
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY369112

Incident Report #27 2013

We had just returned to base from the previous incident when we were notified of a second. A man had collapsed twice in a short period of time near Dow Bank. The team were mobilised and an air ambulance was requested to assist. He was treated by team members and evacuated to the air ambulance for transport to hospital.
Man Hours
16 team members for 2 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY328057

Incident Report #26 2013

A 15-year-old male was reported seperated from a group on the Cumbria Way in Langdale. A hasty search was organised. While team members were deploying he turned up at the Stickle Barn pub, having detoured up to Stickle Tarn and been pointed back to the valley floor by people up there...

Man Hours
14 team members for 1.5 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY294065

Incident Report #25 2013

A woman phoned for help after becoming benighted on very steep ground on Helm Crag. She didn't actually know she was on Helm Crag either! A search and some detective work ensued and she was located and recovered from the crag. She was returned to her accommodation and locked safely inside for the rest of the night...



It's possible that she would have made life easier for herself if she'd not been wearing fashion footwear and had taken her sunglasses off..!

Man Hours
6 team members for 4.25 hours
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY328093

Incident Report #24 2013

A man slipped and suffered a suspected lower leg fracture close to Rydal Cave. We are able to get very close to this location with our 4WD vehilce, so it's unlikely too much sweat was produced during this rescue. The man was evacuated to a waiting ambulance back at the road head.

Man Hours
7 team members for 1.5 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY354058

Incident Report #23 2013

Two women reported themselves in difficulty in the Tongue Ghyll/Grizedale Tarn area. One of them was very cold. After having intermittent contact with them, a search was organised. We managed to work out their direction of travel, since their survival blanket had ripped and was useless and they had decided to move again. They were located at Grizedale Hause, having accidentally gone up Fairfield, as we're on their way down again (although they were unaware of this!!)

Man Hours
15 team members for 5 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY350117

Incident Report #19 2013

A group of three were climbing on a frozen crag high above Kirkstone Pass when one of them fell and sustained a suspected lower back injury. He was treated by team members, immobilised for his potential injuries, given pain relief, moved to a point from where a helicopter from RAF Boulmer was able winch him on board, and then flown RVI, Newcastle. A team member accompanied him to assist the winchman with further treatment.
Man Hours
14 team members for 5 hours, plus a journey to Newcastle for 3!
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY395085

Incident Report #17 2013

The team were requested to assist Coniston MRT with a rescue above Levers Water where three women had succumbed to hypothermia. Specifically, our Autopulse portable CPR device was requested. Thankfully it wasn't required and all three were airlifted to hospital by RAF Boulmer.

Man Hours
4 team members for 4 hours
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
SD275995

Incident Report #16 2013

We'd done quite well to avoid the mayhem that has hit Cumbria over the last 36 hours, but there was no way we ciould be left out. A motorist was recovered after he got his car stuck when he followed his sat-nav on to a minor road. While we were there we had to recover another motorist who blundered in to us. Luckily both were able to turn back before they were presented with the descent of Red Bank.
Man Hours
2 team members for 1 hour
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY341046

Incident Report #6 2013

A man phoned 999 reporting himself exhausted and unable to continue. A search was organised. He was located on the road in Eskdale seemingly having recovered some of his strength. We were assisted by Duddon and Furnace MRT
Man Hours
10 team members for 3 hours, plus Duddon and Furness MRT
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY248049

Incident Report #02 2013

Almost simultaneous to rescue number one, a woman sustained a suspected dislocated shoulder near the summit of Wansfell. With most of LAMRT committed to the other, considerably more urgent rescue, this rescue was effected by Kendal MRT and an air ambulance
Man Hours
6 team members for 3 hours, plus Kendal MRT
Incident Type
Location
OS Grid Reference
NY394041

Incident Report #01 2013

A man was reported as having fallen on The Band. Unfortunately the group were off-route due to a navigational error and were located on horrible steep ground on the east face of Crinkle Crags. The man's inuries, sadly, were fatal. His body was recovered, and his companions were assisted from the hill in a protracted and difficult rescue. We were assisted by Kendal MRT and a helicopter from RAF Valley made valiant efforts to assist, but cloud base and wind condition meant it was of limited use. These few words to little justice to the difficulty of this rescue.

Man Hours
19 team members for 7 hours, plus Kendal MRT and RAF Valley helicopter
Incident Type
OS Grid Reference
NY251054