Incident Reports 1988
The Team and other teams provided transport and communication facilities for both SARDA (England) and SARDA (Scotland). SARDA search dogs accounted for 111 bodies found over a wide area, in a disaster which claimed the lives of 269 people.
A 30 year old man was reported missing by his girlfriend. Two small search parties and one SARDA member searched the Crinkle Crags area but found nothing. The man turned up safe and welt the following day (1 /12/88) having spent the night on High Raise, Great Langdale.
Severe gales and heavy rain destroyed the tents of 5 teenage girls camping at Angle Tarn. Most of their clothing etc. was also blown away. Two girls raised the alarm and the Team and an RAF helicopter brought the remainder of the party off the fells. They were suffering from exposure.
A 63 year old woman fell and received serious head injuries. The informant dialled 999 at 5.10 pm but due to circumstances beyond the Team's control, the Team was not called until 6.37 pm by which time the casualty had been escorted off the hill.
The Team assisted by Wasdale MRT, Keswick MRT, Eskdale OBMS and SARDA, searched for a party of 5 adults and 4 teenage girls who failed to return from a walk to Scafell. They were found by search dog at Broad Stand near Scafell. They were attempting to complete Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon within the weekend, although they had already failed on Ben Nevis due to the poor weather conditions. Poor judgement by the teachers was main cause of this incident.
A 23 year old woman member of a party of 6, was hit by falling rocks as she was ascending the gully, sustaining serious head, chest and back injuries. The Team lowered the stretcher for 150 feet down the gully then carried her to waiting ambulance.
A 17 year old female member of group collapsed from heat exhaustion, mainly due to the fact that her rucksack was very heavy and she was somewhat unfit. The Team was unable to contact the group's 'supervisors' until 6 hours later.
the Team, SARDA. and Keswick MRT mounted a search for two 18 year old men who failed to return to Langdale from a walk to Scafell. They returned to Langdale at 2.30 am 24/7/88 having gone down to Borrowdale at 7.30pm the previous evening! Very limited experience and very poor equipment featured strongly in this call out.
The Team, assisted by Kendal MRT, went to the assistance of 6 young people aged 17-24 years, in very wet cold conditions. One person had minor leg injuries and the rest suffered from exhaustion/exposure. Limited experience and poor judgement probably caused this incident.
On a day of persistent severe electrical storms, reports that a party of four people had been hit by lightning reached the Team. Upon the Team's arrival it was found that one person had died and the others were suffering from minor injuries/burns. A RAF Helicopter assisted with the evacuation.
Inexperience probably led a 17year old London youth to 'have ago' at scrambling. The resulting 180 feet fall down a rock face left him with two broken lower legs/ankles (one compound), spinal and head injuries. The Team gave First Aid to the casualty and evacuated him to an awaiting ambulance.
A 20 year old man, part of an Outward Bound Group, slipped on snow and ice at Ore Gap sustaining head injuries from his ice axe. He continued down suffering bouts of unconsciousness before finally collapsing. Search dogs assisted in locating the casualty who was flown to hospital by RAF Helicopter.
During heavy rain a 60 year old man fell in Browney Gill receiving serious head and spinal injuries. The Team assisted by KendalMRT performed a very difficult and prolonged evacuation, hauling the stretcher out of the gill and crossing flooded rivers to reach the road.
The Team along with other Teams and a Helicopter, assisted the Patterdale Team in a massive search for a 57 year old Liverpool man who failed to return during the blizzards of the previous day. Incredibly after being missing for 24 hours he was found alive but unfortunately died shortly afterwards.
The Team was requested to take baby food to the Kirkstone Pass Inn where two families had been stranded in the blizzards of the previous day. The Team's specially equipped Land Rover reached the pass and brought the families back to Windermere Police station.
Team members assisted Coniston MRT when three people fell a considerable distance down a gully in blizzard conditions. Two were uninjured and the third sustained a broken leg and back injuries. A Helicopter from RAF Boulmer flew the injured to hospital.