A woman took a 5m fall while climbing, sustaining face, head, neck and back injuries. A Coastguard helicopter was requested to assist and their paramedic along with team members worked to stabilise the woman on the ledge she had landed on before she was eventually lifted off and flown to hospital
A climber was hit by a large falling rock while descending from a route. He sustained serious multiple injuries. His companion raised the alarm.
In the complex ground of the crag and the gloom of dusk, it took us a while to locate them. Team members were lifted to the crag by Coastguard Rescue 199. Belays were established and they were lowered to the climber and his condition was stabilised. He was then lowered further down the crag to a point where the helicopter could reach them again to winch the injured man aboard. He was flown to a major trauma centre for treatment.
A young woman took a 40 metres fall from Gimmer Crag. She sustained serious multiple injuries. Weather conditions were very poor, and the chances of getting a vital helicopter evacuation looked unlikely. Two others sustained minor injuries. The seriously injured woman was stabilised by team members and lowered further down the crag, from where she was picked up by the Rescue 912 in a stunning and brave bit of flying in very poor conditions. If anyone had any doubts that the replacement for their much-loved Sea King would fail to deliver, then today proved them groundless..
The previous incident had only just concluded when we were called to assist two climbers on Gimmer Crag. One had sustained a suspected fractured lower leg and the other one had suffered concussion. With help from both air ambulance and a Royal Navy Seaking the two men were evacuated to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle
Male (24), a serving soldier from Exeter fell 80 feet while rock climbing on Gimmer Crag, Langdale. The team carried the climber, who had serious multiple injuries, to an R.A.F. helicopter which had been diverted from a training flight and landed on a nearby peak.
A 38 year old female from Lockerbie suffered a broken arm and shock when a lead climber fell 60 feet onto her belay. Team lowered stretcher to accident site, rendered first aid and lowered casualty 200 feet to base of crag. Rest of team then evacuated the casualty down the fellside. Lead climber uninjured.
A further search was carried out in connection with incident 116. The face and various gullies on Gimmer Crag and Pike O'Stickle were checked with assistance from Lancashire police helicopter.