Callouts and Alerts Between 1st January 2018 and 11th December 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.

 

44. Lowther Forest - Full Callout - 12:49 Sun 24th Jun 2018

The team was called around lunchtime for a young mountain biker who'd hurt themselves whilst cycling in the Lowther forest near the Cold Fell Road. The mountain biker was assessed by team members at the scene, then packaged for a carry up to the road. In view of the possible injuries Great North Air Ambulance also attended and took the biker to hospital.

 

45. Hardknott Fort - Full Callout - 12:36 Tue 26th Jun 2018

We were called by our colleagues in Langdale Team about a walker at Hardknott Fort who was feeling unwell. NWAS paramedics also attended the incident and the walker was assessed on the scene before being walked back to the road then given a lift to the waiting ambulance at Brotherikeld.

 

46. Egremont - Full Callout - 12:24 Thu 28th Jun 2018

We were called by NWAS to assist one of their crews help move a casualty with an ankle injury from an off road location near the skateboard park in Egremont back to their ambulance.

 

47. Seathwaite - Alert - 21:43 Fri 29th Jun 2018

We were called by Police about 3 walkers who reported themselves lost from a walk up 'Castle Pike' from Seathwaite. It wasn't entirely clear where they were but possibilities included Castle Crag and Scafell Pike. The lost walkers made it back to their car under their own steam in the end without us needing to respond.

 

48. Scafell Pike - Alert - 22:17 Sat 30th Jun 2018

We were called by Police about 3 walkers reported overdue from a walk, believed to be up Scafell Pike. Whilst we were making enquiries they turned up safe and well and we stood down.

 

49. Lowther Forest - Full Callout - 17:14 Sun 1st Jul 2018

We were called by Police about a walk who'd injured their ankle whilst descending the steep bank at the back of Dent on the first section of the Coast to Coast route. They managed to hobble a bit further and then stopped, fortunately for us right by a forest track. The limb was assessed on scene and then the casualty was taken to hospital in a team vehicle.

 

50. Broad Stand, Scafell - Full Callout - 08:11 Thu 5th Jul 2018

The team was called to assist a walker who had taken a fall on the scree under Scafell East Buttress. With the help of Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team, North West Air Ambulance from Blackpool and Rescue 199 from Prestwick the casualty was packaged and winched for transport to Hospital. Many thanks to R199 for lifting team members to the scene.

 

51. Scafell Pike - Alert - 20:44 Mon 9th Jul 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers reporting their dog had stopped moving whilst on the final slopes to Scafell Pike from Broad Crag Col. Fortunately they managed to get the dog moving again and made their own way back to Wasdale without us needing to respond.

 

52. Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 17:06 Sat 14th Jul 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who had slipped whilst descending Scafell Pike between the slabs and 'Pea Boulder'  injuring their ankle. A passing team member was quickly on scene and once other members arrived the injury was assessed and splinted before starting the evacuation back to Wasdale. Given the length of carry we were also joined by our colleagues from Duddon and Furness Team who helped us get the casualty back to Brackenclose.

 

53. Scafell Pike - Alert - 22:29 Sat 14th Jul 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers reporting themselves lost on the Scafell PIke path, as it turned out quite close to the previous incident. They soon bumped into other walkers on the 3 peaks and made their own way off without team assistance.

 

54. Burnmoor Tarn - Alert - 16:09 Tue 24th Jul 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who'd become separated from their party between Boot and Burnmoor Tarn. Whilst we were gather information the missing walker returned safe & well and we stood down.

 

55. Broad Stand, Scafell - Full Callout - 11:49 Fri 27th Jul 2018

We were called by Police about shouts for help heard coming from the Scafell / Broad Stand area. Initially it wasn't clear whether there was someone in difficulty but further phone calls followed by a team member who was out on the fell getting on scene showed that two walkers were now stuck on the ledge above Broad Stand, one of whom was injured having tumbled ~ 20m and sustained injuries to shoulder, back and wrist. In view of the injuries and location a Coastguard Helicopter was requested and R199 from Prestwick attended. The helicopter flew team members and kit to Scafell summit from where they were able to descend to the scene. Once there the casualty was assessed and packaged and then winched aboard the helicopter for the journey to hospital. The second casualty and team members were then lowered using ropes down to Mickledore.

 

56. Scafell Pike - Alert - 13:07 Fri 27th Jul 2018

We were called by Police about a family group who had become separated. Fortunately they were reunited before we needed to respond.

 

57. Scafell Pike - Alert - 18:02 Sat 28th Jul 2018

We were called by Police about a walker reported separated from a larger group now overdue. Fortunately the walker made their own way back to their friends before we needed to respond.

 

58. Ravenglass - Alert - 18:47 Tue 31st Jul 2018

We were called by Police about family reporting themselves lost whilst on a walk near the estuary of the River Esk, close to Ravenglass. They managed to re-find the path and make their own way to safety before we needed to respond.

 

59. Scafell Pike - Alert - 07:56 Wed 1st Aug 2018

We were called by Police about  walking group reporting themselves lost whilst walking on Scafell Pike. With help from 'PhoneFind' they were located near to Broad Crag Col and then given some directions to make their own way off the fell.

 

60. Piers Gill, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 22:02 Sat 11th Aug 2018

We were called by Police initially by a walker reporting themselves lost somewhere on Scafell Pike. We were then called by two more walkers reporting themselves lost who turned out to be part of the same party. Using PhoneFind the locations of both groups were determined and then small teams went to each location. The walkers were found and then dry clothes provided before walking them back down to Brackenclose and a cup of tea at the base.

 

61. Langdale - Full Callout - 06:40 Thu 16th Aug 2018

We were called by our colleagues in Langdale Team to help support a search for a missing walker who had been out from the previous day on a trip up Scafell Pike from Langdale. Fortunately the missing walker returned safe and well in Little Langdale and we stood down before we needed to deploy.

 

62. Hollowstones, Scafell Pike - Alert - 14:50 Fri 17th Aug 2018

We were called by Police about a walker struggling to make their way down off Scafell Pike due to severe cramp. In the end the cramp improved and they made their own way off without team assistance. Unfortunately it took a long time to confirm they were safely down off the fell and we'd encourage all people who contact us to let us or Police know when they're down, safe & well.

 

63. Lingmell Beck - Full Callout - 12:38 Sat 18th Aug 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who had sustained an open fracture of the ankle whilst crossing the stream at Lingmell Beck. The injury was initially stabilised by a doctor who was part of their party. Once team members were on scene analgesia was provided and then due to the serious nature of the injury the coastguard helicopter from Prestwick also attended and took the casualty to Newcastle.

 

64. Scafell - Alert - 20:43 Sat 18th Aug 2018

We were called by Police about a group of walkers reported overdue from a walk up Scafell and Slightside from Wasdale. A team member went down Wasdale to look for the party's car and bumped into them making their way down the valley trying to find a mobile signal to update the informant at which point we stood down we stood down .

 

65. Scafell Pike - Alert - 01:05 Sun 19th Aug 2018

The police contacted the team after a party of 7 reported themselves lost descending Scafell Pike.  The team leader used PhoneFind to determine their location and gave them instructions to make their way off the hill. Then monitored them as they made their way down.

 

66. Brown Tongue, Scafell Pike - Alert - 07:00 Sun 19th Aug 2018

The team was contacted after a male walker dislocated their shoulder just above the Lingmell Gill river crossing. The team leader made contact and the injured person was making their way off the hill. After a short while the informant let the TL know thet no assistance was required.

 

67. Hardknott Pass - Full Callout - 16:06 Mon 20th Aug 2018

We were called by NWAS about a cyclist who’d fallen off their bike descending Hardknott Pass below the fort and sustained a deep gash to their knee. The casualty was treated on the scene. The ambulance had to stop at Cockley Beck so we took the casualty back over the pass for a handover.

 

68. Great Gable - Full Callout - 18:52 Thu 23rd Aug 2018

We were called by Police about two walkers reported overdue from a trip up Great Gable. With their route starting at Seathwaite and ending at Honister we handed the incident over to our colleagues in Keswick team but continued to support with a search of the Wasdale side of Great Gable. The two walkers were ultimately found at a campsite 4 hours later, apparently a case of mis-communication.

 

69. Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 21:53 Sat 25th Aug 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers reported overdue from a walk up Scafell Pike. There was some concern for their safety and with a bad forecast the next day we started a small scale search wit plans for a bigger effort the next day if needed. Fortunately the 2 missing walkers made their own way off around midnight and we stood down.

 

70. Wastwater Screes - Full Callout - 14:04 Sun 26th Aug 2018

We were called by NWAS about a walker who'd injured their leg after being hit by falling rocks when walking along the path on the far side of the lake. The walker was given pain relief and the leg was splinted at the scene then they were evacuated using the team's boat to an ambulance waiting on the near side of the lake for the journey to hospital.

 

71. Red Pike - Alert - 14:25 Sun 26th Aug 2018

We were called by Police about a fell runner reporting themselves lost whilst on a run around Red Pike and Scoat Fell. The runner then established their own position and descended in Ennerdale without the need for team involvement.

 

72. Broad Stand, Scafell - Full Callout - 13:07 Wed 29th Aug 2018

We were called by Police about reports of a walker falling in the Broad Stand area on Scafell. A passing doctor first attended to the casualty and was later joined by the crew of the Great North Air Ambulance. The walker had two companions who remained stuck on the rocks above. Once on scene the Coastguard Helicopter from Caernarfon winched the two companions aboard and flew them down to the valley. It then collected some team members and flew them up to the scene to assist with the casualty then winched the walker aboard. Unfortunately the casualty was declared deceased during the rescue and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time.

 

73. Broad Stand, Scafell - Full Callout - 13:27 Thu 30th Aug 2018

We were called by Police about a group of walkers who'd become stuck on the steep ground between Broad Stand and Mickledore Chimney. Three of the walkers were stuck on a ledge just below the grassy terrace and were assisted back up a couple of short rocky steps with the aid of a rope from above then once on the terrace lowered down to Mickledore from the usual spot at the apex of the ridge. A fourth walker had made it much further down and was stuck in a precarious location just above Mickledore Chimney. He was reached by lowering a team member from above who provided a helmet and harness and then both were lowered to the ground. A fifth member of the party had someone made it all the way down unscathed.

 

74. Greta Gill, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 15:33 Thu 30th Aug 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who'd slipped off the Corridor Route and fallen down a gully sustaining a broken wrist and other injuries. The casualty was first helped by a passing doctor. Two team members were diverted from the earlier incident and went to Greta Gil and provided pain relief and splinted the injured limb. One of the Coastguard helicopters from Caernarfon was in the area and once on scene winched the casualty aboard for the journey to hospital.

 

75. Great Gable - Alert - 19:44 Thu 30th Aug 2018

We were alerted by Cockermouth MRT to an elderly gentleman missing on Great Gable.  They managed to make contact with him and found he was able to see buildings. We sent a vehicle to Wasdale Head and Keswick sent a vehicle to Seathwaite who then flashed their blue lights which he could see.  Cockermouth passed to job to Keswick to deal with and we stood down.

 

76. Scafell Pike - Alert - 20:09 Fri 31st Aug 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers reported overdue from a walk up Scafell Pike. They turned up safe and well soon after the initial report and we stood down.

 

77. Looking Stead - Alert - 20:52 Fri 31st Aug 2018

We were called by Police about a walker suffering from a Migraine attack and struggling to make their way off the fell. In the end they made their own way off without team assistance.

 

78. Burnmoor Tarn - Alert - 20:28 Sat 1st Sep 2018

We were called by Police about a walker reported overdue from a walk towards Burnmoor Tarn (and presumably onto Scafell) from Boot. They ended up making their own way off the fell, the walk talking a bit longer than originally anticipated.

 

79. Wastwater Screes - Limited Callout - 17:30 Tue 4th Sep 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who'd become stuck on the Wasdale Screes having ascended above the nominal line of the path in an effort to find easier ground. They were located using PhoneFind then a party went on the screes to help them off.

 

80. Eskdale - Full Callout - 12:09 Mon 10th Sep 2018

The team was called after reports of shouting could be heard from Fisher Ground campsite in the area above Milkingstead. Upon investigation nothing was found and the shouting was put down to a local farmer gathering his sheep.

 

81. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 17:05 Mon 10th Sep 2018

The team was alerted to 3 walkers who had got lost whilst descending Scafell Pike.  Contact was made and using PhoneFind the duty team leader was able to determine their location on the corridor route. After further conversations, directions were given and the party made their way towards Lingmell Col.  Given the limited equipment a limited call out was made and a small party set off to assist the walkers off the hill. The group then met up with a party of walkers on the 3 peaks who provided significant assistance to help escort them off the fell and having made good progress off the hill were met by the team on Lingmell nose traverse and escorted them back to their car.

 

82. Piers Gill, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 20:59 Mon 10th Sep 2018

We were called by Police about a further group of 3 walkers who had become lost whilst descending Scafell Pike and one of whom had fallen somewhere towards the gill. Team members from the earlier incident went back up the hill whilst further support was obtained from other Wasdale and Duddon Team members. Conditions by this time on the mountain had become very challenging with heavy rain and swollen streams. Two of the walkers were located just below the 'bad step' on the Piers Gill path and were rewarmed, then walked off the hill by team members. Despite extensive searching by both teams the third walker who'd fallen could not be found and the search was stood down to the next day. The search restarted on the Tuesday morning and was joined by members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, specialist Swift Water Rescue Technicians from around Lakes MR teams and the Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick. Around lunchtime the helicopter spotted the missing walker in the Piers Gill area. Team members and the aircraft paramedic then attended to the casualty. Unfortunately the casualty was declared deceased during the rescue and are thoughts are with their family and friends right now. We would like to thank all those who helped us on this difficult incident including Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team, Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team, Lake District Water Rescue Group, Cumbria Police and Rescue 199.

 

83. Scafell Pike - Alert - 19:51 Tue 11th Sep 2018

We were called by Police about a walker reported overdue from a walk up Scafell Pike. Fortunately the walker returned, safe & well within an hour of being reported and we stood down.

 

84. Brown Tongue, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 18:14 Sat 22nd Sep 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who had slipped and injured their ankle whilst descending the main Brown Tongue path on Scafell Pike, just below the stream crossing. The walker was given first aid on scene, the limb was splinted and then they were carried by stretcher down to Brackenclose for the handover to the ambulance and journey to hospital.

 

85. Wastwater Screes - Full Callout - 17:28 Sun 23rd Sep 2018

Team called for a party who'd become stuck on the Wasdale Screes path. They were located by team members on foot then taken across the lake in the team's boat.

 

86. Brown Tongue, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 15:39 Wed 26th Sep 2018

We were called by Police about a walker who whilst descending the main Brown Tongue path on Scafell Pike had pulled a muscle and could no longer walk. They were carried down to Brackenclose by the team.

 

87. Pikes Crag, Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 15:19 Sat 6th Oct 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers reporting themselves lost, somewhere near the top of Pikes Crag whilst trying to descend Scafell Pike. They called back a little later to say they had now found their own way back onto the path and no longer needed assistance and we stood down.

 

88. Pen, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 22:40 Sat 13th Oct 2018

We were called by Police about a group of 3 runners who were reported overdue from a three peaks attempt. At first there were no strong leads as to their whereabouts but then one of their companions in the valley received a WhatsApp message which allowed their location to be inferred as on the Eskdale side of Scafell Pike. The group were then found close to Pen on the Eskdale face and after being fed and warmed up were walked back to Wasdale via Mickledore.

 

89. Broad Stand, Scafell - Full Callout - 14:39 Thu 18th Oct 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who were reported to be stuck on the rock face overlooking Mickledore by a passer-by. This was later confirmed to be the Broad Stand area by a phone conversation with the original informant and speaking with people who'd descended via Mickledore. Once on scene on walker was found just above the difficult step of Broad Stand whilst their friend had managed to make it down onto the slab below. Both were now cragfast. The walker above the step was brought back up and then lowered down via the abseil point whilst the lower walker was lowered all the way to the bottom. They were then walked down to Brackenclose, then taken back to their vehicle in Eskdale.

 

90. Scafell Pike - Alert - 18:28 Sat 20th Oct 2018

We were called by Police about a group of 3 walkers who'd reported themselves lost whilst descending Scafell Pike. Using PhoneFind their position was established as being near Broad Crag Tarn. The team leader then provided directions over the phone and they made their own way off the mountain.

 

91. Styhead Path, Great Gable - Full Callout - 23:20 Sat 20th Oct 2018

We were called again by Police about 2 more walkers reporting themselves to be benighted after attempting to walk back from Wasdale Head to their car at Seathwaite and their torch had failed. This was aggravated by one of them having a hip injury which was slowing them walking. Initially attempts were made to get them moving but in the end a stretcher was needed to help evacuate one of the walkers. We were joined by our colleagues from Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team for support with the evacuation.

 

92. Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 12:07 Sun 21st Oct 2018

We were called by Police for 2 walkers reporting themselves lost whilst trying to descend Scafell Pike. It was initially difficult to re-contact them back to establish their location but once contact was made they re-traced their steps back to Scafell Pike summit where they were met by a team member who was out walking with friends and they walked them back to Brackenclose with support from other team members lower down.

 

93. Greathall Gill, Wasdale - Limited Callout - 17:31 Mon 22nd Oct 2018

We were called by Police about a group of walkers initially reporting themselves to be off route and in Greathall Gill, on the descent from Winn Rigg. They then phoned back again to say one of them had hurt their knee and had difficulty walking. They were met by a team member who helped walk them back to the valley and was later joined by further team members in support.

 

94. Slight Side, Scafell - Full Callout - 18:10 Mon 22nd Oct 2018

We were called again by Police about reports of a walker who was apparently struggling to make their way off Slight Side and back into Eskdale. Just as a Callout message was sent it was confirmed the car belonging to the walkers had left its parking spot and we stood down.

 

95. Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 18:07 Thu 1st Nov 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers who'd become benighted whilst ascending Scafell Pike. They were located by Cumbria Police using PhoneFind as being close to Mickledore. A small group of team members then went out to help walk them back to Brackenclose.

 

96. Scafell Pike - Alert - 02:15 Sun 4th Nov 2018

We were called by Police about a group of 10 people  reporting themselves lost whilst descending Scafell Pike due to loosing signal on their phone, which they were using for navigation. They were located using PhoneFind and then the Team Leader provided directions over the phone for them to make their own way off the mountain.

 

97. Wastwater Screes - Full Callout - 15:44 Fri 9th Nov 2018

We were called by Police about reports of 2 kayakers on Wastwater, one of whom had capsized. Whilst the person in their boat made it to the road side of the lake, the other one was believed to be on the Screes side. A team member set off from the pump house and located the canoeist in the area of the boulder field. Cumbria Fire & Rescue also attended and launched their boat which recovered the kayaker and 2 team members and took them back to cross walls.  

 

98. Wastwater Screes - Full Callout - 18:06 Sat 10th Nov 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers reported overdue from a walk around Wast Water. On speaking with the informant one of the walkers had just made their own way back to Wasdale Head Inn but had had to leave his companion on the Screes path as he'd become exhausted. A team member set off from the Brackenclose end and located the exhausted walker and who was then evacuated in the team's boat.

 

99. Great Gable - Full Callout - 11:42 Sun 11th Nov 2018

Whilst attending the Remembrance Event on Great Gable we were alerted to a walker who had become exhausted / collapsed on the summit. With help from a passing GP and the walkers companions they were fed and re-warmed inside a bivvy tent and then walked down to Wasdale by Team members. During the descent we met another walker moving very slowly and escorted them back to Wasdale Head. Four team members also assisted Cockermouth Team with a walker who'd suffered an ankle injury whilst descending Great Gable on the Ennerdale Side. The Keswick Team Leader was already on scene followed by a number of Cockermouth members. Once the 1st aid kit arrived the injury was splinted and then they were moved a short distance to the Coastguard Helicopter from Humberside which had also been called. The Wasdale members then descended into Ennerdale for transport back to base, with a cup of tea in Blacksail hut en-route. (NY2117 1113)

 

100. Broad Stand, Scafell - Full Callout - 15:04 Fri 16th Nov 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers and a dog who were reporting themselves cragfast whilst descending Scafell. As they could see the Mickledore stretcher box it was surmised they were on Broad Stand or its approach from above. As we were leaving base we got further call from the walkers to tell us they'd made their own way back up the hill and we stood down. Incident closed 16:22, 12 WMRT involved.

 

101. Foxes Tarn, Scafell - Limited Callout - 18:15 Sat 17th Nov 2018

We were called by Police about 2 walkers and a dog one of whom was now cragfast on the rough ground near to the Foxes Tarn descent on Scafell. A small team went up the fell and initially located the first walker who'd raised the alarm. The second walker was then found but it was a little tricky to get on scene due to the complex steep terrain in the dark. Eventually team members got to them and one they'd been warmed up inside a bivvy tent a rope was used to protect the descent to the path. They were then helped back up to Scafell and walked back down to Brackenclose.

 

102. High Scarth Crag, Eskdale - Alert - 15:06 Wed 21st Nov 2018

We were called by Police about a group of walkers reporting themselves lost whilst descending Scafell. Using phone find their location was established as High Scarth Crag on the side of Scafell. The team leader then provided directions by phone and they made their own way to the road in Eskdale.

 

103. Blea Tarn, Eskdale - Alert - 09:29 Tue 4th Dec 2018

We were called by Police about concerns arising from 2 dogs seen and heard persistently barking in an area of ground below Blea Tarn, overlooking Boot in Eskdale. Three team members went to investigate but were not able to find the dogs or any persons or belongings associated with them and with no reports of missing people in the area we stood down considering the incident a false alarm with good intent.