Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team has been assisting people in the western fells of the Lake District for over 50 years. We cover England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and respond to over one hundred calls for help each year. The team consists of approximately forty ‘professional volunteers’ who give their time to help those in need, whatever the weather, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information please read our about page. We rely on generous donations from the public to fund the team. Once a year, we recruit a new intake of probationary members.

Recent Rescues

Cam Spout, Scafell – Sat 26th Jun 2021

We were alerted by Cumbria police about a male who had fallen at Cam Spout waterfall in Eskdale, sustaining serious injuries. A coastguard helicopter was requested immediately and an air ambulance also attended. The casualty was treated at the scene and taken to hospital by helicopter. The team escorted members of the casualty’s party back to their vehicles. Our thanks to the helicopter crews for their assistance.

Mickledore, Scafell Pike – Sat 26th Jun 2021

We were alerted by Cumbria police about a male who had a head injury. The informant was at Mickledore but due to poor phone signal, the casualty location and severity of the injury was unknown. Accidents in this area are often serious. It was not possible to talk to the informant, so a full callout was initiated and a coastguard helicopter with winching capability requested. Although the helicopter would not have been able to reach the casualty site because of cloud, the crew would have been able to give team members a lift up the hill as far as possible.…

Scafell Pike – Fri 25th Jun 2021

As we were still dealing with the Stanley Gill incident, another call came in about a male lost on Scafell Pike summit. His map had blown away in the wind. More Duddon team members kindly responded to this as well as some diverting from the Eskdale job. The gentleman was exhausted and frightened. He was escorted from the summit by Duddon MRT. A huge thanks to them for helping us out at such a busy time.

Stanley Ghyll, Eskdale – Fri 25th Jun 2021

A call came in of a male with various injuries who had crashed off his mountain bike near Stanley Gill. Once on scene the man was given pain relief and transferred by stretcher to the waiting ambulance for further medical care.

Broad Crag – Tue 22nd Jun 2021

A call came in to the team leader of a male with a knee injury on Broad Crag. Because of the unknown nature of the injury, stretched team resources after the previous job, a helicopter was called for. More Duddon team members kindly responded to assist. A team member already on Scafell Pike summit was diverted to the scene to give a situation report and guide the coastguard helicopter in. Once on board the aircraft the casualty was flown to the Keswick MRT area and transferred to their team. A big thank you to Duddon MRT, Keswick MRT and Rescue…

Lingmell Col, Scafell Pike – Sat 19th Jun 2021

A call came in about a gentleman with a medical condition near to Lingmel Col. The team leader immediately called for Air Ambulance support as well as back up from Duddon MRT. The casualty was airlifted to a waiting land ambulance and transferred to hospital. The rest of his family were escorted off the mountain by team members. We hope the gentleman recovers well. A big thanks to the air ambulance and Duddon MRT for their assistance.