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Broad Stand, Scafell – Thu 6th Aug 2009 – Callout 49 in 2009

Callout by the police for a male walker in his 20’s who had fallen around 10 to 15 metres and broken his arm somewhere on the mountain between Scafell and Scafell Pike. As the team assembled, more information came in which indicated that he had actually fallen off Broad Stand, a notorious accident blackspot on Scafell. The casualty had an open fracture of his arm and lacerations to his body. He was given oxygen and prepared ready on the stretcher for a helicopter evacuation to West Cumberland Hospital, Whilst the team were attending to the man’s injuries they were suddenly scattered by another male walker, unrelated to this incident, who was descending Broad Stand and slipped from the same location, 15 metres above them. He landed heavily within a meter of the casualty and the team and tumbled a further 15 metres down the scree slope. See incident 55. The first casualty was airlifted to West Cumberland Hospital. 15 team members attended the incident, supported by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer. Incident closed at 8.30 p.m.See article here http://www.grough.co.uk/magazine/2009/08/08/second-walker-drops-in-on-rescuers-at-lakes-blackspot

Incident Type
Location Broad Stand, Scafell
Other Agencies

Incident started at 14:57 and ended at 20:30 making 5.6 hrs in total. There were 15 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 20992 06832 (832m). Total man hours: 84

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wmrt.org.uk/incidents/callout-54-in-2009/