Incident Reports 1994
The team were called to a group of boy scouts as one of them had bruised his knee. The message received was "If they cannot come tonight, can they come in the morning". Two members went to the scene, no help was required, but to top off the situation they asked if we could run them back to Keswick. One had to bite one's lip and check the diary for appointments!!
This man pulled a very large rock on to himself, causing very serious leg injuries. He was stretchered off the fellside. When Mohamed talked about taking the man to the mountain, it's because when you bring the mountain to the man, you've got to watch where you put it!
Guests and staff at a local hotel convinced the police that flashing lights on the fellside was someone in trouble. The team eventually found 4 walkers bivvying out, not in any trouble at all. The manager of the hotel (who had gone to bed) was called to keep him informed of events.
This man was climbing in the gill and slipped on wet rocks. RAF Boulmer were on training in the area and offered to help. The man was located and his fractured knee-cap, tibia and fibia were treated by team members. He was winched on board and flown to hospital.
A search was initiated when a man staying in Patterdale reported that two young scouts were in trouble on the high fells with "heat stroke". The team searched a wide area and they were eventually found descending into the Rydal Valley accompanied by two fell walkers who had found them at 2700 feet. The leading adult scouts were not with the group, but we found them as well and took them back to Low Fold for a 'major debrief'!!!
A 13 year old young man, in a school party under adult supervision, was ascending 'Jacks Rake' when he slipped and fell 150 feet onto the rocks below. He sustained multiple injuries including a fractured skull and a pneumo/haemothorax. After being stabilised by the team on the fellside, he was airlifted to Preston hospital by RAF Boulmer,
Three young women decided to walk up Crinkle Gill, when the going became tough they tried to climb out of the steep sided gill becoming crag fast, The team were called to lower them to safety, an RAF helicopter was in the area and came to help. However the women refused to be air lifted and the team patiently continued in the inevitable manner,
This couple were last together above Easedale Tarn, the lady was tired and returned to the car in Grasmere via the valley bottom. The man chose to complete the intended route at ridge level. He was an acute diabetic and his wife became concerned at 8.00 pm when he had not returned. The team found him on Helm Crag tired and in need of assistance. The couple were 'happily' reunited in Grasmere.
14 teenagers and 4 adult instructors walked up Stock Beck Having completed the activity they jumped in a deep and cold pool. All the students suffered various degrees of exposure, one girl collapsed, The team were called and revived the girl using 'hot air therapy'. She was then taken to the health centre for observation. The instructors were spoken to about the wisdom of jumping into the pool.
Lady reported overdue on walk from Patterdale to Grasmere, where she was due to meet her friend at 5.00 pm. She was found by the team in Tongue Gill, she had apparently fallen asleep', on the fell for five hours. After being treated by the doctor she was released.
Five D of E bronze students from a group of seven needed assistance off the fell by the team. Their downfall was due to very heavy loads, poor navigation and poor weather. Once down and seen by the team doctor, all recovered quickly. The supervisors/teachers of this party had little idea of expedition protocol.
Local police were concerned that this man was in need of urgent attention and that he was found ASAP. He had allegedly taken an overdose and was last seen in the off-licence. He was found near his house by the police and was taken to Kendal Hospital for observation,
Four people left Langdale to walk to Scafell and back; at Esk Hause one lady said she was tired: the other three said they would carry on and return for her later. They did so, however, she could not be found. A helicopter from RAF Boulmer with team members on board located her at Esk Hause at 10.00 pm in the exact spot they left her. This woman should never have been left on her own due to her medical history. The team leader gave the rest of the group a severe talking too. Keswick, Furness and SARDA rescue teams were ail alerted.
An elderly man had not been seen for 28 hours. His intended route was searched by the team. RAF Boulmer and Patterdale MRT. He was found in Patterdale village where he had stayed in a B&B. However he had telephoned the police the previous night stating his intentions. Seems that communications had a minor hiccup.
The police received a 999 call to say a man had an ankle injury and was struggling with his wife and child. The information was very vague and no informant could be found. The team searched many possible sites without trace. This call out was a MALICIOUS HOAX!!!
Man reported missing walking from Keswick YHA to GrasmereYHA. A search was made by the team, SARDA and Keswick MRT. The weather was horrendous and so was the mood of the team members when at 10.00am the next morning, it was discovered that he had stayed at a B&B without informing anyone.
A man with learning difficulties with a history of 'wandering off, was reported missing and the police asked for our help with SARDA dogs to search woodland and quarries near his home. The search was called off when he was reported to have caught a train,
Five young people were "playing around" on very rough and steep ground, their shouts and cries were heard by several other walkers around Blea Tarn on the other side of the valley. These people raised the alarm as they thought this group were in trouble. The team located the culprits and escorted them back to the car park, having a "quiet word" with them on the way. Enough said.
This 22 year old man fell whilst bouldering, sustaining an open fracture of the lower leg. He was in considerable pain and required lowering down steep ground using ropes and stretcher. Having got him to the roadside, he was taken to Lancaster Hospital by ambulance.
A party of 5 men were crossing a snow field when one slipped and fell 70 ft into rocks, sustaining head and back injuries. The team attended the scene and he was airlifted to Furness General Hospital by R.N. Gannett helicopter. None of this group had ice axes or crampons- Be warned! Don't be an April fool.
Three men set off towards Bowfell, in very wintry conditions, hard packed snow and ice underfoot. The group split up and chose different routes to the summit and said they would meet there. One member of the party was later discovered dead some 300 ft below where he was last seen, he had slipped and fallen, probably due to lack of equipment and experience.
Two men had begun to walk back from Eskdale to Langdale to collect their cars left the previous evening, leaving 6 friends behind. The police informed us that they had not collected their cars at 1.30 am. A search of the roads located the two men in the morning, having left the comfort of their bed and breakfast. They did not consider telling anybody. However, we told them something.
Another mobile phone call from a couple saying they were lost. The team detached themselves from call-out 16 and went in search of these two. Whilst searching they came across, by pure chance one adult and two children (rescue number 19). All five were brought to safety unhurt. Hurray for modern communications, and it does beg the question, why did people ever learn to use a map and compass?
Two young ladies raised alarm on mobile phone, informing the team that they were lost on the high fells. Shrewd detective work ensued, both girls very ill equipped were located at Stickle Tarn and escorted off the fell. The run out probably did us good!
A man with inadequate equipment tried to climb Gt. Gully. Becoming cragfast 50ft. up the route, he shouted for help. After 4 hours, passers-by raised the alarm. Team members climbed to the man. just in time to see RAF Boulmer winch him into the helicopter. He was flown to Arnbleside to be treated for severe exposure.
Lady fell 500ft past two LAMRT team members climbing below. LAMRT members radioed for assistance then lowered the casualty another 500ft to safer ground and awaited Penrith and Patterdale team, who evacuated the casualty. She sustained multiple injuries.
Whilst ascending the gully they belayed around an unstable boulder, which fell and hit the couple. The man sustained a fractured lower leg and ankle, the woman received leg injuries. Both were taken to hospital for treatment.
While attending call out number 3. RAF Leeming heard shouts for help, they located one man and his dog, ill at ease with his environment. Escorted down by RAF Leeming to be met by LAMRT with extra lights. He recovered after food and drink at Lowfold Base.