Incident Reports 2020
A male collapsed with a suspected stroke on the summit of Sergeant Man. Because of the urgent medical need, an air ambulance was requested. It was able to reach the casualty ahead of the team and airlift him to hospital
A woman suffered a suspected fractured femur when she slipped.
We requested assistance from an air ambulance and Great North were able to attend, arriving ahead of the team and sparing us a lengthy stretcher carry
A young couple were unable to locate their way off Silver How when mist descended.
They phoned for help, They were very poorly equipped so a small party went and retrieved them.
Not the best way to spend a day on your honeymoon...
A woman was lucky to suffer only minor injuries when she fell around 20 metres into a ravine while trying to locate a route down.
She was recovered to better ground via a rope system and then assisted from the hill
A woman was reported as having fallen around 15 ft and had suffered head and leg injuries. Upon arrival she was discovered to have fractured her femur and also sustained a suspected fractured pelvis, along with head injuries.
She was treated by air ambulance paramedics and team members and was then airlifted to hospital by a Coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon
A woman suffered a sustained bout of fitting on Fairfield summit. The team was called and were on route when we learned that a helicopter that had been requested to assist had managed to pick her off the summit
A man called for help using an emergency locator beacon, It was established that he had a fracture/dislocation of his ankle and was unable to continue.
He was treated by team members and evacuated by stretcher
Two campers called for help after one started to suffer from cramp. Team members attended to assist, but the campers decided to stay put and make their own way down next day
A climber took a significant fall from Raven Crag, Gt Langdale, sustaining serious multiple injuries. Having been lowered to the base of the crag by his climbing partners, he was treated and stabilised by paramedics, team doctors and cas carers, airlifted to the valley floor for further stabilisation then flown to Glasgow hospital
An 11-year-old male fell from his bike with the brake lever penetrating his leg causing a serious bleed. He was treated by the team along with paramedics and evacuated to an ambulance
A woman got her foot trapped on Heron Island, Rydal Water. She sustained painful injuries to both feet. Thankfully her friend and other island-dwellers were able to transport her back to the lake edge, where we treated her and handed her over to ambulance paramedics
A male had spoken to his wife earlier in the day, saying he had run out of water and was lost. The decision was taken to allow more time for the man to find his own way down. An hour later he phoned his wife to say he had found his own way
A woman descending from Pike How slipped and sustained a serious fracture/dislocation of her ankle. The dislocation was reduced by a team paramedic and she was evacuated by stretcher
A group of 6 hired mountain bikes in Windermere with plans to cycle to Wasdale Head. Despite being warned about the difficulty of the route and the weather by the staff at the bike shop they continued with their plan. They were subsequently reported overdue at Wasdale Head by another family member.
The decision to search was postponed until next morning and the group walked out around 8am having spent a cold, wet and unpleasant night out on the mountains while search teams were deploying.
Two women took simultaneous falls, one sustaining a suspected fractured wrist and the other an upper arm fracture. One was given morphine and stretchered off, the other managed to walk down with assistance
A young male sustained a shoulder injury when he fell off his bike. The team was called to assist, but we were stood down on route after he was assisted to a nearby property where an ambulance could reach
While the previous incident was still ongoing, we were requested to attend to an injured person who had reported themselves near Easedale Tarn. Investigation revealed that they were at Pike of Carrs on the other side of Far Easedale. We were assisted in a lengthy rescue by Kendal MRT
A male mountain biker sustained a suspected fracture/dislocation to his ankle when he took a low speed fall from his bike
He was treated by paramedics and evacuated by team members.
An elderly male was found dazed and with an obvious head injury on the summit of Brant Fell and help was called for him. He was treated by team members and the evacuated to a waitng ambulance
A fellrunner fell and sustained cut and got stuck on steep ground. He called for help but was vague about his location. In the process of trying to locate him and carrying out the essential initial COVID 19 risk assessment, he decided he could self-rescue and did so.
We stood down and went home
A fellrunner slipped on damp ground and twisted his knee, leaving him unable to continue. In a procedure new to us, he was COVID 19 risk assessed, treated by team members and evacuated. Fortunately his injury was not serious and the service of our over stretched ambulance service was not required for transport to hospital
The health and safety of our team members will always remain our first priority
A runner became lost and disorientated in poor weather near Fairfield summit. He was located and escorted down in very challenging weather conditions with help from Kendal MRT
A 73-year-old man slipped and sustained soft tissue injuries to his back. He was treated by team members and then evacuated by strectcher over some 'challenging' ground for onward transport to hospital
A young male sustained an ankle injury while descending from Harrison Stickle. He was treated by team members and evacuated in extremely windy conditions
Unfortunately a team member took a tumble while helping carry the stretcher on the descent resulting in an injury that required investigation in hospital
Four ambitious young men were attempting to wild camp near Easedale Tarn when the extreme weather got the better of them.
They called for help and were assisted off by the team.
A young male in a group sustained an ankle injury and were trying to self-evacuate but encountered difficulty trying to cross Stickle Ghyll in severe weather. The team responded and met the group walking off
In the midst of Storm Ciara we were requested to convey a NWAS crew to a patient in Grasmere when their vehicle was unable to get through flood water
She was treated and evacuated to an ambulance waiting on dry land
A car was reported as in the river at Skelwith Bridge. The team responded along with Cumbria Fire Service, but the people had self-evacuated so no help was required.
Storm Ciara was in full force
Two men became benighted when they lost the path and ran out of daylight. They gave their position using a word-based location app, but this placed them in Bolivia, so we ignored it and located them via other means and retrieved them
A male was located suffering from a shoulder injury. Investigation also revealed atrial fibrillation as well, so along with Kendal MRT, a coastguard helicopter was requested to speed evacuation