Incident Reports 1984
A full scale search was mounted when 2 elderly gentlemen from Epsom, who were last seen at 1.00pm failed to arrive at Langdale. Six Lake District teams, R.A.F Linton M.R.T. and S.A.R.D.A., assisted by a helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer, scoured the mist-shrouded fells. Located Martcrag Moor at 11.30am 22/11 /84. Both persons exhausted and suffering from incipient exposure. Airlifted to safety and flown to Ambleside Health Centre. Weather conditions: Heavy rain during the night, low cloud.
Whilst on a college outing a 16 year old girl from Blackpool slipped on very wet ground and suffered a severe knee injury. Fashion town shoes may have caused this accident. Rest of party had dubious footwear/clothing. Weather: heavy rain, windy, very wet fellside.
A 31 year old Leeds man slipped on very wet rocks, dislocated his shoulder, and suffered from exposure. Not at location given. Eventually found and helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer flew casualty with companion suffering from slight exposure to Whitehaven Hospital Weather conditions: cold, low cloud, raining.
The team and R.A.F. Linton M.R.T. having just completed rescue 44 was called out again for a 21 year old female from Barrow who fractured her lower leg when she slipped on loose rock. She was lowered down the Gully on a stretcher, then conveyed down the fellside.
A man aged 74 from Edinburgh fell at the Bad Step and sustained fatal injuries. The team and R.A.F. Linton M.R.T. was alerted. A helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer, on exercise in the area, diverted to assist and flew the body down to Ambleside.
The Coniston team requested our assistance when; 4 teenage girls were reported missing overnight whilst on a DoE expedition between Elterwater and Coniston. Located at Seathwaite Tarn uniniured. S.A.R.D.A. and Millom teams assisted. Weather conditions: very misty, raining.
A 55 year old woman from Ashby Parva was pulled across sharp rocks by her dog. A diagnosis later revealed a hairline fracture of the skull and cuts to her face requiring 31 stitches, also a broken nose and a fractured ankle were dealt with.
It was reported that two females aged 17 and 21 were missing. Team assisted Keswick M.R.T. and S.A.R.D.A. to search Langstrath, Rossett Ghyll and Angle Tarn areas. Located at 10.00am 14/8/84 at Ambleside. Had not been on the fell at all.
The team went to the aid of a 17 year old junior soldier from Dover who collapsed with breathing complications. The youth had just recovered from a severe lung infection 6 weeks previously. Transported to Ambleside Health Centre by teams ambulance.
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.
During a C.H.A. walk a 55 year old female from Stuttgart, West Germany was blown off the dam wall in gale force winds and fell 10 feet. She sustained shock, facial and head injuries. A search dog handler gave first aid until the team arrived.
It was reported that a 67 year old man from Ilkley, who was wearing smooth soled shoes, had sustained a fracture to his lower leg. Only a vague location could be given. A search ensued. An R.A.F. Boulmer helicopter in the area on practice was called to assist. Casualty located and flown to Ambleside, then by ambulance to hospital.
Smooth soled tennis plimsoles may have caused a 55 year old woman from Sussex to slip on very dry fellside and suffer a fracture to her lower leg. Stretchered to Wrynose Pass, then by team's ambulance to Ambleside Health Centre.
Smooth soled plimsoles may have caused a 25 year old Sheffield man to fall 300 feet onto rough scree and sustain a severe head and other multiple injuries. Team doctor set up a drip system, and a helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmcr flew the unconscious victim to Newcastle General Hospital. Weather conditions: cold, very wet, snow showers.
The Patterdale team requested a medical group to assist when two incidents occured at the same time. 4 people had slipped on snow and ice and fell 200 and 350 feet. 2 were found dead and 2 had serious injuries. A helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer flew the casualties to hospital. The Penrith team were also in attendance. Weather conditions: cold, paths iced-up, deep snow, snow showers.
The Patterdale team requested a medical group to assist when a father and son slipped on
snow and ice, falling 200 and 600 feet respectively, and sustaining serious injuries. A
helicopter from R.A.F. Boulmer flew the injured to Whitehaven Hospital. The Penrith team
were also in attendance.
Weather conditions: snow and ice underfoot, cold, snow showers at times.
Cumbria Police requested an investigation when a local farmer and a fellwalker reported on separate days that clothing, food and cooking equipment had been found in deep snow. Team and S.A.R.D.A. located snow holes/bivis, abandoned by a "Training Group".
Whilst being taken to hospital with a broken leg, a man aged 40 from the Kirkstone Pass Inn was trapped for 5 hours in his snow-bound Land Rover. The team's Land Rover, with special studded snow tyres and a "digging crew" recovered passenger and vehicle and returned both to Kirkstone Top.
Weather conditions: gale force winds, deep snow drifts, Pass road blocked.
The Patterdale Team requested a medical unit, with the rest of the team on "stand by" at Ambleside base, when 6 males from Cleveland fell a considerable distance whilst attempting a route in very poor snow conditions. Teams from Kendal, Penrith, Kirkby Stephen and R.A.F. Linton M.R.T. struggled in blizzards, deep snow and gale force winds to carry the 3 dead, and 3 with multiple injuries. An R.A.F. helicopter was forced back due to the appalling weather.
A Park Ranger and team member found a 14 year old youth from London near Greatrigg Man, who had slipped on ice and suffered a fracture to his lower leg. The team stretchered the casualty to Grasmere, then by team's ambulance to Ambleside Health Centre.
Weather conditions: clear skies, cold, snow/icy footpaths.
An R.A.F. team on exercise found a Preston couple who had been benighted due to injuries
sustained whilst carrying bicycles from Borrowdale to Grasmere. The man, aged 49, had a
fractured leg, chest and hip injuries. The female aged 36 was suffering from severe
exposure. The team and the RAF Linton M.R.T. stretchered both casulaties to safety.
Weather conditions: cold, gale force winds, rain, heavy snow showers.