10 in 2011
Bell Stand, Eskdale
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Call from the police for a fallen male climber with a broken leg in Eskdale. The climber was accompanied by a female climber who was able to raise the alarm. He was abseiling and fell 12metres, landing at the foot of the crag Bell Stand, located above the old quarry near Beckfoot, Eskdale. The police informed Northwest ambulance service who sent a road ambulance and put an air ambulance on standby. The team requested a sea king due to the nature of injuries and the incident location. The air ambulance did turn up but was unable to land close to the scene due to the terrain. The climber sustained fractures to his upper and lower leg, fracture of the elbow and facial lacerations. The team attended and gave casualty care including analgesia. A sea king from RAF Boulmer was already in the area and took the injured climber to Whitehaven hospital. 14 team members attended and the incident closed at 6.00 p.m.

Incident started at 15:20 and ended at 18:00 making 2.7 hrs in total. There were 14 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 16307 00614 (altitude 176 m). Total rescuer hours: 38

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