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Scafell – Wed 31st Dec 2008 – Callout 63 in 2008

The team was paged to rescue a lady in her 50’s who was descending from Scafell area when she stumbled/slipped and sustained a suspected fractured lower leg. She had fallen early afternoon and had been walking with her husband. A passing walkers raised the alarm by descending the fell to a phone box as there was no mobile phone coverage in that area. She was located at Throstlegarth, above Lincove Bridge in upper Eskdale. The lady was given casualty care (analgesia and splinting) and warmed in a bivvy tent. Due to the treacherous ground conditions and sub zero temperature, the decision was made to air lift from the location rather than a lengthy and very risky (to both casualty and stretcher party) carry out. An RAF Sea King flew up from RAF Valley in Anglesey and she was evacuated by stretcher to Barrow-in-Furness Hospital. 15 team members were involved and the incident closed at around 10.00 p.m. (in time for the New Year celebrations)

Incident Type
Location Scafell
Other Agencies
Injuries

Incident started at 15:58 and ended at 22:00 making 6 hrs in total. There were 15 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 22332 04252 (372m). Total man hours: 90

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/callout-05-in-2009/