Incident Report #12 2018

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Thu, 15th February 2018, 16:09
We were requested to assist the occupants of two cars who had ignored 'Road Closed' signs and become stuck on an ice-bound Wrynose Pass. Slightly complicated by the failure to pass one crucial piece of information; the fact that one of them had their leg in a cast. This scuppered our plan to walk them down, but we managed to dig the car out and get them back to the top to drive back the way they'd come.
Man Hours: 
8 team members for 2 hours
Lat-Long: 
POINT(-3.1141 54.4155)
OS Grid Reference: 
NY278028
Unique Incident ID: 
3637
Safety Tip: 

Mountain roads in winter

Many of the local roads become impassable in winter due to snow and ice. Kirkstone Pass is often effected, and signs are put up to say so. However, lack of a road closed sign isn't a guarantee that the road IS passable. AND a 4WD is not a guarantee of a safe passage either. Many modern 4WD cars have tyres that are not design to grip in snow or ice.

 

Other more remote roads are more likely to be affected since it is impractical to grit them. Wrynose and Hardknott Passes are often impassbale, sometimes due to significant icy patches.

 

You can't blame your sat-nav. It can't tell you anything about road conditions. Only you eyes and common sense can provide that kind of information

 

Winter driving advice is particularly relevent in mountain areas. http://www.rac.co.uk/news-advice/blog/post/2010/11/rac-patrol-tips-for-w... and http://www.rac.co.uk/news-advice/blog/post/2010/11/rac-patrol-tips-for-w...

 

If emergency services are aware that you are stuck, stay with your vehicle. If you decide to leave your vehicle for any reason, walk along the road towards civilisation. Don't cut across country, even if it looks like a shortcut.