Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team News and Incidents for February 09
Lost On Great Dodd: Great Dodd 28th FebruaryPolice called the Team to assist two persons on Great Dodd who were lost in mist. Their map had disintegrated in the wet conditions, they did have a compass and GPS but were unsure how to use them. They were safely guided off the fell by the Team.
Abandoned Rucksack: Red Tarn Basin 27th FebruaryA party of two fellwalkers reported to the police that they had discovered an abandoned rucksack close to Red Tarn. After talking with the Team the rucsack was recovered by the walkers who met up with a Team Member. The equipment and contents, including some scientific measuring equipment, was taken to Penrith Police.
Man falls 400ft from Helvellyn: Swirral Edge / Red Tarn 17th FebruaryA 52 year old man fell 400ft from Swirral Edge towards Red Tarn. 10 team members were flown up to the basin by the Air Ambulance before climbing a steep snow gully to treat him for head, chest, pelvic and spinal injuries. He was lowered to the Red Tarn Basin and transfered to hospital by RAF Sea King helicopter.
Search for overdue walkers: Dovedale 15th FebruaryTwo walkers split from the rest of their party and failed to make a later rende-zvous. The team were called out to search when they were 4hrs over due. They were located fit and well but had been overtaken by darkness and without torches had struggled to make progress. Langdale Ambleside and SARDA search dogs were also involved.
Climber falls near Helvellyn: Nethermost Cove 8th FebruaryA 55 year old climber had just finished climbing a gully in Nethermost Cove when he slipped and fell. Following the fall, the climber was able to ascend to a safe position near the top of the gulley but was unable to continue due to his injuries. The injured climber was airlifted by an RAF helicopter from Boulmer and taken to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
Divided Party: Scrubby Crag 8th FebruaryThree climbers had reported form a public house in Patterdale that two of their climbing partners had not returned from Scrubby Crag. The reporting three had turned back as it was getting dark but the others had continued on. Subsequently information arrived from the police that the missing two had made there way to Rydal, called the police and were taking a taxi round to Patterdale. All were
First of two rescues: Brown Cove 7th FebruaryA 28 year old man from Lancashire was walking with his partner and two dogs when he fell from Swirral Edge into Brown Cove, resulting in a serious fracture dislocation to his right ankle. Team members were airlifted to the site where they treated the casualty and stretchered him down to Greenside.
Link Cove Faller: Link Cove 7th FebruaryA 47 year old man fell 400ft whilest climbing a gully in Link Cove. Four team members responding to the earlier incident were flown up by the Air Ambulance. The man had sustained injuries to his right arm, shoulder and hip. He was treated by air ambulance and rescue team personnel, placed in a stretcher and transported to the landed air ambulance.
News Release: Aira Force 5th FebruaryThe team were called to a 72 Yr old lady from Clitheroe who had slipped on ice and injured her ankle. She was treated at the scene and then transported to the main car park in the team landrover for transfer to CIC Carlisle by ambulance.
Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) recently hosted a training meeting with representatives of the North West Police Underwater Search and Marine Unit that was attended by members of the Penrith, Kirkby Stephen and Patterdale MRTs.