5 in 2010
Gable Crag, Great Gable

Call from a walker who had seen two climbers fall down a gully on Gable Crags, on the north side of Great Gable. Around 18 team members attended. Weather fine. Due to the nature of the incident and the report from the informant, a Sea King helicopter was immediately requested and attended. 5 team members including the two team doctors were airlifted close to the incident site. Both climbers, in their 50’s and from outside the area, had fallen whilst winter climbing the gully. The surviving climber with serious multiple injuries was given casualty care on scene and airlifted to Whitehaven hospital. The second climber tragically did not survive. He was stretchered down the mountain to a point where he was airlifted by the returning Sea King. Incident closed at around 7.00 p.m.

Incident started at 13:35 and ended at 19:00 making 5.4 hrs in total. There were 18 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY21100 10592 (altitude 724 m). Total rescuer hours: 97