Incident Reports 2023
A man was reported as having become separated from his boat with the boat still circling him on Windermere. A multi-agency response was initiated. We were able to stand down while responding when it was confirmed that he had been recovered from the water
A climber reported himself cragfast after soloing part way up Crescent Climb on Pavey Ark before encountering wet rock. Unable to retreat he called for help. Having time to reconsider his position, he then contacted us to say that with help from another climber, her was able to get off. At this point we were able to stand down
A group became benighted on Esk Pike. The initial call went to Wasdale MRT who were happy to pass it to us! They were recovered from Ore Gap and assisted down, cold and wet but unhurt
Ask yourself three questions
Do I know what the weather will do?
Do I have the right skills?
Do I have the right equipment?
We were requested to assist in a search for a solo walker who hadn’t been heard from while doing the Coast to Coast walk. We checked the ‘normal’ route through our area, failing to locate him. He was subsequently located outside our area, trapped between two swollen rivers and having made the sensible decision to wait for water levels to drop. He was recovered
A man tripped and sustained fractured wrist very close to the summit of Bowfell. The wrist was deformed and very painful. A discussion was had and the casualty and friend they agreed to attempt to keep moving towards Angle Tarn. The team were on the way when we were notified that an air ambulance had managed to uplift the casualty
We’d only just completed the previous rescue when we were notified of a second incident on Long Top, Crinkle Crag. We attended, along with members of Kendal MRT. The female casualty had sustained a suspected lower leg fracture. She was treated and then evacuated below the cloud base and picked up Coastguard helicopter. An air ambulance had attempted to assist but was unable due to high winds
A man slipped and suffered a possible ruptured quadricep. He was treated and evacuated
A male was reported with suspected fractured femur and lower back injuries in Sawrey’s Wood, Elterwater
We were able to treat him and recover him to an ambulance waiting in the village
A 73-year-old male was reported overdue. We managed to make phone contact with him, confirming that he had become stuck on steep ground and suffering from exhaustion. He was located, assisted down and returned to his concerned wife for safe keeping
A woman slipped and heard a crack from her ankle. The incident was initially directed to Keswick MRT, but they quickly alerted us. We attended and recovered her to an ambulance waiting in Grasmere
A man was reported as unwell descending from Greenup Edge. The team were responding when we were notified that the air ambulance had reached him and was able to deal with the incident. We turned around and went home
A male got in to difficulty when his mobility scooter became stuck on steep, slippery ground while trying to find his way back to his holiday park. He was evacuated a short distance by stretcher and was reunited with his scooter on safe ground
Four young men became stuck on Rossett Pike, in cold and windy weather, unable to locate their way down. They also became separated when one of them moved to try and find a mobile signal. They were all eventually located and assisted down.
A young woman sustained suspected spinal injuries when she accidently rode off a small crag, falling around 2 metres. She was treated by team members and evacuated to a waiting ambulance
A climber took a lead fall and sustained head and neck injuries amongst others. She was assisted by fellow climbers initially and then treated by the team and helicopter paramedics before being flown to hospital
A woman reported herself lost near Sergeant Man. She was located using SARLOC and given directions to find her way to Stickle Tarn. Team members were tracking her progress when we were notified that she had come across another group who offered to see her down. We stood down
A woman became cragfast while wlaking with a family group. While we were responding, a second member of the party also became stuck trying to assist the first. Both were recovered uninjured
While investigating the previous incident a team member was flagged down for assistance with a man who was fitting and suffered a head injury on the roadside... the team member (also a paramedic) assisted the bystander (also a paramedic) with the man, who subsequently discharged himself from their care...
Sometimes we have an incident that just leaved you baffled and perplexed... a family group 'lost' a 19-year-old member when she 'wandered off' on the way to Loft Crag. Our 'normal' procedure in these circumstances is to contain the remaining group and locate the missing person, however this does require a certain level of cooperation from the group and this was not forthcoming... by 1830 all members of the group had been accounted for with the original lost person turning up in Langstrath, and another one who'd gone 'searching' for her located at Stake Pass...
A woman slipped and sustained a fracture/dislocation of her ankle. She was given analgesic and the dislocation was reduced before she was evacuated to an ambulance waiting in the valley. Smooth soled-shoes mays have been a factor in the slip
Two lost people came together on Pavey Ark. They phoned for help and were retrieved by team members and escorted off
Ask yourself three questions:
Do you know what the weather forecast is?
Do you have the skills?
Do you have the equipment?
A man and woman became separated while walking over Crinkle Crags. The man waited at Three Tarns then reported the woman missing. She eventually turned up at the Old Dungeon Ghyll car park having somehow passed him at Three Tarns and continuing her walk over Bowfell in the hope of catching him up... which, given he had descended The Band when he gave up, was pretty unlikely. We can only assume the drive home was a tense one...
Witnesses saw a dog fall from Jack's Rake and were concerned for the dog and its owner who was trying to descend to reach it. The team were called and responded but were stood down once it was established that the owner was OK and didn;t require our help to recover his dog
The team were called to a male who had jumped from rocks in to shallow water at Buckstone's Jump. He sustained fractures to both ankles. One of these was serious and limb-threatening, so after treatment by the team, he was evacuated to hospital via Coastguard helicopter.
Lightening strikes and a massive midge swarm saw the team exposed to noteworthy danger and considerable discomfort!
A climber took a lead fall, ripping out some of his gear and falling around 7m. He sustained serious head and neck injuries. He was treated and evacuated to hospital by Rescue 199
We were called to a woman who had taken a tumble and sustained facial injuries. We were on route when we were notified that her party had managed to make it to the road and a conventional ambulance was now all that was required
We stood down
A woman descending alongside Stickle Tarn took a tumble and fell around 10 metres, sustaining an open ankle fracture and possible spinal injuries. She was treated by team members and evacuated by Coastguard Rescue 199
A woman sustained a hip injury in a fall. The team responded and were most of the way there when we were informed that Helimed had reached the casualty and evacuated her.
We returned to base
We were requested to search a number of locations to assist Wasdale MRT with a search for two overdue people. They were ultimately located cold and wet by members of Duddon & Furness MRT in the Upper Esk area
A group of four plus a dog became disorientated in mist. Without map and compass, they phoned for help. With the aid of SARLOC they were located and given guidance to get them down. With the previous serious incident ongoing a team member monitored their progress until they were safely down
Ask yourself three questions:
Do I know what the weather is going to do?
Do I have the skills?
Do I have the right equipment?
A woman phoned to report her partner overdue, who in turn had gone looking for their dog which had run away. The man was located. The dog was not. They told us they'd been on Crinkle Crags. It seems more likely they'd been on Great Carrs
A phone call was received by police stating a problem finding a way off Bowfell. The call was dropped and no further contact was possible. We monitored the situation overnight, but when there was no further communication by mid-morning we escalated to incident and organised a search. Thankfully a chat with staff from the Old Dungeon Ghyll alerted us to 4 young men who tey had seen around midnight, cold, wet and trying yo get back to their holiday accommodation. We located them and confirmed that they were the same people who had made the 999 call. We were able to go home
In a remarkably similar incident to previous, two women were unable to locate a way off Blea Rigg. A small team was assembling to retrieve them when a passing fellrunner was able to intervene and guide them to an obvious path down. We were able to stand down
Someone working in Troutbeck spotte what appeared to be a human shape stationary for a prolonged period on the hillside. Concerned that it was a person, we were requested to investigate.
We recovered a waterproof rucksack cover!
False alarm with good intent
This poor chap had the dubious pleasure of being rescue by us for a second time when he sustained a shoulder injury in a fall, his first experience being 5 years previously when he broke an ankle
A woman sustained head and shoulder injuries when she took a tumble. There was some confusion over the location when the initial What 3 Words location proved to be over 2kms out. We eventually located her, treated and evacuated her
A young woman from a large commercial group suffered soft tissue injury to her knee. She was treated and evacuated by team members. With many of our team previously occupied with another incident, we were assisted by Kendal MRT
We were requested to assist Kendal MRT with an incident in Serpentine Woods, Kendal. Their numbers were depleted by their annual winter training trip to Scotland. We were stood down while responding