Callouts and Alerts Between 1st January 2018 and 20th June 2018

1. Piers Gill, Scafell Pike - Alert - 14:00 Sun 14th Jan 2018

In the first incident of the year, a group of walkers reported themselves lost on Scafell Pike. The team leader made contact and used Sarloc to determine the location, on the western banks of Piers Gill. Directions were given over the phone and fortunately they were able to use the compass function of their phone to head in the right direction and they made their own way off the hill. When heading up the hill please ensure you are equipped with a map, compass and other equipment. http://www.wmrt.org.uk/advice/preparation-for-going-into-the-fells/

 

2. Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 15:17 Sun 14th Jan 2018

A walker reported they were now stuck after sliding some distance down snow. The walker was located near Dropping Crag on Scafell Pike. After medical assessment it was determined they had injured their shoulder and had other bumps and bruises but after some simple analgesia were able to walk off.

 

3. Upper Eskdale - Full Callout - 19:00 Sun 14th Jan 2018

The team spent 3 days searching for a missing walker on Scafell Pike. The walker was initially reported overdue from a walk on Scafell Pike on Sunday 14th January at 19:00. Team members who had already been to an injured walker near the summit searched in foul conditions but without success. Assistance was requested from Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team and Keswick Mountain Rescue Team who did searches of Eskdale and the Seathwaite valleys. Due to extreme weather conditions all hill parties retreated around midnight. The search resumed at first light on Monday with teams from Wasdale, Kendal, Coniston, Penrith, Cockermouth and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.  Once the weather improved slightly a coastguard helicopter from Prestwick also joined the search but once again the missing walker was not found. The search continued on Tuesday (17th January) with teams from Wasdale, Keswick, Kirkby Stephen, Duddon, Langdale Ambleside,  RAF Mountain Rescue and Bowland Pennine. There were dogs from the Lakes and as far away as Oldham from SARDA England. Around 10:00 on Tuesday morning shouts for help were heard in the Silverybield Crag area in Upper Eskdale. The missing walker was found stuck in boggy ground. He'd been moving throughout much of the time and had injured both his wrists on the Sunday evening. He was airlifted to hospital by the coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon. A good outcome. We'd like to thank all the teams, dog handlers, air crew, Police and others who supported the search, often in difficult conditions.

 

4. Skew Gill, Great End - Full Callout - 20:24 Sat 3rd Feb 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers reported overdue from a walk on Scafell Pike. Using the ‘find my iPhone’ function it was determined they were likely to be somewhere near the Corridor Route. Search teams were deployed from Wasdale & Keswick Teams along with a Coastguard Helicopter from Prestwick. The missing walkers were found by a Keswick Dog Handler near Skew Gill and then taken back to Seathwaite in the helicopter

 

5. Scafell Pike - Alert - 18:38 Fri 16th Feb 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who was reported overdue from a trip up Scafell Pike. As we started to gather information he made his own way into the Boot Inn and we stood down.

 

6. Scafell Pike - Alert - 19:02 Sun 18th Feb 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers reported overdue from a walk on Scafell Pike. Fortunately we were able to phone them and confirm they were safe & well and returning home and we stood down.

 

7. Pillar - Alert - 14:30 Fri 23rd Feb 2018

The team were called after a walker has taken a slide on hard snow above Wind Gap. Due to the location and preferred evacuation route the job was handed over to Cockermouth MRT

 

8. Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 15:02 Sat 24th Feb 2018

The team was called for a walker with a leg and chest injury sustained after taking a slide on frozen snow whilst descending Scafell Pike above Lingmell Col. The walker was assessed on scene by the crew from the Great North Air Ambulance and team members and then flown to hospital.

 

9. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike - Alert - 14:05 Sun 25th Feb 2018

The team leader was alerted by Keswick MRT after a walker had taken a fall down a snow slope.  It turned out he was able to walk and was heading to Styhead we stood by in case we were required and Keswick went to meet the party.  As they arrived on scene and assessed the casualty it was decided to request the air support for evacuation so Helimed 63 was dispatched.

 

10. Mickledore, Scafell Pike - Alert - 17:27 Sun 25th Feb 2018

The team was called after a walker head whistles and shouts for help whilst at Mickledore.  This followed shortly by a second 999 call to request assistance for an injured walker.

 

11. East Buttress, Scafell - Full Callout - 17:32 Sun 25th Feb 2018

The team was contacted at around 5.30pm after a lone walker had fallen a considerable distance down a snow slope on the south side of Mickledore ridge sustaining multiple injuries.  Initially Helimed 58 came to assist but had to depart due to night fall, but not before confirming the casualty location.  Due to the suspected nature of the injuries and long evacuation times, a Coastguard helicopter was requested from Prestwick.  After assessing the scene they lifted team members to the casualty site.  The casualty was packaged and moved to a more accessible location for winching and after being lifted from the hillside was take to Newcastle RVI. We were also supported by Duddon & Fruness MRT who were en-route to assist in the long stretcher evacuation down Eskdale had the helicopter not been able to complete the tasking. This very challenging 7 hour rescue, high on the flanks of Scafell Pike with steep compacted snow and ice conditions with very low temperatures.  Although every effort was made by the team and several mountaineers who found the injured lone walker, along with the best efforts of the SAR winchman on scene and helicopter crew in getting the casualty to the trauma Hospital in Newcastle, the casualty did not survive and sadly passed away in hospital. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  

 

12. Wath Brow - Full Callout - 15:13 Thu 1st Mar 2018

Team called this afternoon to assist with a sledging incident near Wath Bridge. Most of us stood down fairly quickly when the casualty was helped into the nearby ambulance.

 

13. Penrith - Full Callout - 09:20 Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Due to heavy snow there was a request to send a 4x4 with team members over to the east of the county to assist our colleagues in the Penrith Team.  Along with Cockermouth MRT they were then tasked to head to Alston to do welfare checks as the ton had been cut off for a couple of days.  Meanwhile the Wasdale base was temporarily turned into the Silver cell to support coordination around the county.

 

14. Penrith - Alert - 09:30 Sun 4th Mar 2018

The team were put on standby due to the ongoing problems in the east of the county.  There were communities still cut off and supplies were running low.  Fortunately the requests for assistance were in decline and there was no requirement to head over.

 

15. Scafell Pike - Alert - 20:33 Thu 8th Mar 2018

The team was alerted after a walker was reported overdue by his wife. The police also contacted the Wasdale Head pub and as a member of staff located his car, the gentleman arrived back.  His mobile had gone flat so he had been unable to make contact with home.

 

16. Broad Crag - Full Callout - 16:46 Sat 10th Mar 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who'd become stuck after taking a slide on hard snow whilst descending Broad Crag. With help from Sarloc their position was established on as on the craggy ground overlooking the top of Piers Gill. Whilst it was possible to get close to them following their shouts and whistles actually getting on scene was challenging due to finding  way through the mix of snow banks and crags. Once they were located a rope was used to help them down to safer ground and then they were walked back to Wasdale  

 

17. Broad Crag Col, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 14:11 Tue 20th Mar 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who had slid on hard snow whilst descending from Scafell Pike towards Broad Crag and injured their back / pelvic region. The Great North Air Ambulance attended but was not able to land close by so instead ferried team members closer to the scene. The coastguard helicopter from Prestwick also attended and was able to winch the walker from the scene and take them to hospital. We'd like to thank both GNAA and R199 for their significant assistance on this incident.

 

18. Great End - Limited Callout - 20:31 Sat 24th Mar 2018

We were called by Police about 3 walkers who were reporting themselves benighted on the summit of Scafell Pike. It was initially difficult to contact the group but once a Sarloc trace was obtained it was determined they were actually on Great End rather than Scafell Pike and we passed the incident on to our colleagues in the Keswick Team, after which we stood down. This was a group which had set off particularly late, around 1600 without torches and we would appeal to all walkers to properly plan their walks including start times and equipment before venturing onto the fells.

 

19. Scafell Pike - Alert - 10:18 Fri 30th Mar 2018

In the first of two incidents today, a walker reported themselves lost whilst descending Scafell Pike. They quickly found another group who were able to direct them down and they then made their own way off the fell.

 

20. Illgill Head - Full Callout - 16:21 Fri 30th Mar 2018

In the second of two incidents today a young walker was reported to have 'collapsed' whilst walking on the path from Wasdale to Burnmoor Tarn. The Great North Air Ambulance also attended. The walker was assessed on the scene by team members and GNAA crew and then carried down to Brackenclose for the journey to hospital.  

 

21. Green Hole, Upper Eskdale - Limited Callout - 21:02 Sun 1st Apr 2018

Team called yesterday evening for 2 walkers who'd become benighted whilst trying to return to Grasmere from Scafell Pike. With some help from Sarloc they were located as being on the ridge that descends from Esk Pike into Eskdale, above Long Crag. In the end they managed to get themselves down to Brotherikeld where they met team members.

 

22. Upper Eskdale - Full Callout - 21:57 Wed 4th Apr 2018

The team were called out at 11:00 pm for two walkers who had climbed Scafell Pike and had not returned to their holiday accommodation. Duddon and Furness team were brought in to help due to the winter conditions and low temperatures and real concern for their safety. Around 20 mountain rescuers were involved in this 9 hour incidents plus the Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick that provided aerial infra red searching. Finally, when the two were found by team members on the ground in upper Eskdale, very cold and wet, the crew flew the two walkers to Furness General for warming and checks before being released. Many thanks to our colleagues from Duddon and Furness and the Coastguard helicopter.

 

23. Brown Tongue, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 15:10 Thu 5th Apr 2018

We were called by NWAS about a walker who had injured their ankle whilst descending from Scafell Pike on the Brown Tongue path. The injury was assessed on the scene and splinted by team members before the walker was carried down to Brackenclose on the Stretcher for the hand over to the Ambulance.

 

24. Middle Fell - Full Callout - 14:33 Wed 11th Apr 2018

The team was called to a walker who had slipped and injured his knee whilst descending Middle Fell. Once on scene he was given analgesia, the leg was splinted and he was stretchered down to the road where the Ambulance took him to hospital.

 

25. Scafell Pike - Alert - 23:31 Sun 15th Apr 2018

Team was called by Police about a group of walkers reported overdue from a trip up Scafell Pike as part of a 3 peaks attempt. After speaking with the informant it was possible to contact the missing walkers on mobile phone and it was determined that they were now in the Mickledore area after having re-ascended from upper Eskdale. It proven difficult for the group to find the descent from Mickledore back to Wasdale and they spent the night out on the mountain. In the morning they were given some directions to get back to Scafell Pike summit and from there they may their own way off the fell.

 

26. Wastwater - Full Callout - 11:55 Sat 21st Apr 2018

We were called by NWAS about reports of a diver who had got into trouble on Wast Water and was under the water. Other divers in the area were able to bring the diver back to the surface from where the team boat was able to take him to the lake shore. A large multi-agency team had assembled on the lake shore including the North West Air Ambulance, a ground team from the Great North Air Ambulance, NWAS paramedics, Cumbria Fire & Rescue, Police and MCA. All possible attempts were made to revive the diver but unfortunately they proved unsuccessful. Our thoughts are with the divers family and friends.

 

27. Great Gable - Full Callout - 15:37 Mon 30th Apr 2018

The team was called out for a walker who had slipped from the Sty Head to Wasdale Path, tumbling some distance. The Great North Air Ambulance were first on scene and provided medical treatment for the casualty. The team arrived and helped to package and stabilise the casualty before the coastguard helicopter from Prestwick arrived and winched from the scene before transferring back to the air ambulance for the flight to hospital. Good team working by all involved.

 

28. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 16:56 Tue 1st May 2018

We were called by Police about 3 walkers reporting themselves lost whilst trying to make their way from Scafell Pike to Langdale. Using Sarloc it was determined they were on the path that links Broad Crag Col to the Corridor Route, but it wasn’t possible to phone them back. We decided to send a small team to check their last location and they were soon met near Burnthwaite Farm having walked down to Wasdale and they got an expensive taxi back to Langdale.

 

29. Central Fells - Full Callout - 18:30 Tue 1st May 2018

We were called by our colleagues in Keswick and Cockermouth Teams to support a search for a missing fell runner who was attempting around 1/2 the Bob Graham Round route and was last seen in the Scoat Fell Area. Despite a massive search involving all 3 teams the missing runner was not found during Tuesday night. The search resumed on the Wednesday morning with additional teams from elsewhere in the Lakes attending. The runner was located around the summit of Brandreth. He was taken to hospital in a Coastguard helicopter but was declared deceased after arrival. Ours thoughts are with the runners family and friends.

 

30. Great Gable - Alert - 13:57 Wed 2nd May 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who'd lost the path near the top of Great Gable. Using Sarloc it was possible to determine their position as the top of the White Napes and the team leader was able to provide some directions over the phone after which they made their own way off the fell.

 

31. Brown Tongue, Scafell Pike - Alert - 18:52 Fri 4th May 2018

We were called by Police about a party of 2 walkers one of whom had become exhausted whilst descending the Brown Tongue path on Scafell Pike and was struggling to get down. With assistance from a passing member of the public they did make it down under their own steam in the end without the team needing to deploy.

 

32. Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 16:17 Wed 9th May 2018

We were called by Police about a walker reported overdue from a wild camping trip scheduled to include a trip up Scafell Pike. The walk had not been heard from since the previous day and was now overdue from returning home. Given his expected campsite our colleagues from the Keswick team also responded and they found him walking down the path from Sty Head tarn safe and well.

 

33. Broad Stand, Scafell - Full Callout - 16:17 Fri 11th May 2018

We were called by Police about a group of 18 people reporting themselves stuck somewhere on the descent towards Broadstand. The party managed to get themselves out of the steep ground and started to descend the mountain. Once we caught up with them time was moving on and we helped some of the party get down as it was getting dark.

 

34. Broad Stand, Scafell - Full Callout - 15:09 Fri 18th May 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who'd fallen off Broad Stand, badly injuring their leg. The Great North Air Ambulance arrived first and provided medical treatment for the casualty whilst also coming down to pick team members up and ferry them to Mickledore. Once on scene the team helped to package the casualty and then move him a short distance to a position where he could be winched by the Coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon who then took the walker to hospital. We were also helped by 2 passing climbers who were able to belay the stretcher whilst it was moved.

 

35. Nether Wasdale, Wasdale - Full Callout - 19:40 Wed 23rd May 2018

We were called by NWAS to support the North West Air Ambulance and help carry a cyclist who'd fallen off their bike sustaining broken ribs. Team members helped package and carry the patient to the aircraft who was then flown to hospital.

 

36. Wasdale - Alert - 14:29 Sun 27th May 2018

We were called by Police about a lady reported to be suffering from severe stomach cramps and being sick. She was taken to hospital in a team vehicle.

 

37. Stanley Pond, Whitehaven - Full Callout - 16:13 Sun 27th May 2018

We were called by NWAS about a runner on an ultramarathon event who was reported to have 'collapsed' at Stanley Tarn, near to the Mirehouse Estate in Whitehaven. A First Responder was first on the scene and provided medical care to the runner. A farmer then used their quad bike to ferry the runner to our vehicle for the journey to hospital.

 

38. Scafell Pike - Alert - 20:46 Thu 31st May 2018

We were called by Police about a walker reported overdue from a trip up Scafell Pike. The walker later turned up safe & well at the Wasdale Head before we needed to respond.

 

39. Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 17:02 Fri 1st Jun 2018

We were called by NWAS about a walker who had slipped and broken their ankle whilst descending from Scafell Pike on the path linking Wasdale Head and Brown Tongue. The injury was assessed by team members who provided analgesia and then splinted the limb before carrying the casualty back to Brackenclose for the journey to hospital.

 

40. Scafell Pike - Alert - 17:38 Sat 2nd Jun 2018

We were called by NWAS about a walker reported to be struggling to descend from Scafell Pike and in need of assistance. In the end they made their own way off the fell with assistance from other walkers.

 

41. Skew Gill, Great End - Full Callout - 07:15 Sun 10th Jun 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who'd twisted their ankle whilst descending the Corridor Route on Scafell Pike, near to Skew Gill and could no longer walk. They were accompanied by Teesdale & Weardale members who provided initial medical treatment. Once on scene the limb was splinted then the casualty loaded onto the stretcher for the journey down to Burnthwaite. With a potentially long carry we were also joined by our colleagues from the Duddon and Furness team who carried the casualty back to the waiting vehicles.

 

42. Greendale, Wasdale - Full Callout - 00:34 Thu 14th Jun 2018

Team called early morning about a walker reported overdue from a long trip round the ridges of Yewbarrow, Red Pike, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Seatallen. With so much ground to cover our colleagues from Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team and Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team also joined the search along with the Lake District Mountain Rescue Searchdogs and further support from Cumbria Police. The walker was found safe and well between Seatallen and Greendale Tarn by a Keswick Dog Handler then walked back to Greendale by Duddon members.

 

43. Wastwater Screes - Limited Callout - 20:07 Mon 18th Jun 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who'd become stuck in the boulder field on the Wasdale Screes path after it rained and the rocks became greasy. They were located by team members who came in on foot then evacuated in the team boat back to the pump house.