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Bowfell – Thu 5th Feb 2009 – Callout 8 in 2009

Wasdale MRT were asked by Langdale MRT to help search for a long overdue missing 60 year old male walker who had been walking in the Bowfell and Crinkle crags area. 15 Wasdale Team members and a SARDA dog handler searched the upper Eskdale areas and Duddon & Furness MRT were also brought in. All the main routes had been searched the previous night by Langdale/Keswick/SARDA and Kendal. An RAF Sea King helicopter was brought in and located the missing walkers who had fallen near the summit of Bowfell the previous day. He was recovered to Whitehaven Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Incident closed at 2.00 p.m. The following media statement was put out by LAMRT

Prolonged winter conditions experienced so far this year have been rare in recent years, however the message is the same as always. Be prepared. Experience, appropriate equipment, and sound judgment are crucial. Ice axe, crampons, warm clothing and reliable torches are vital in current conditions. Remember as well, soft snow is exhausting to walk in, frozen snow is very slippery.

Incident Type
Location Bowfell
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Incident started at 06:53 and ended at 14:00 making 7.1 hrs in total. There were 15 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 24615 06747 (717m). Total man hours: 107

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/callout-13-in-2009/