23 in 2020
Brown Tongue, Scafell Pike
Other Agencies

A call came in from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) regarding a walker who was cold and unable to move his legs at all. Initially, no further information other than his position was on Brown Tongue path.

A full team callout was made for a potential stretcher carry and two team members were tasked to start immediately with bivvy shelter and warm clothing whilst the rest of the team assembled.

As we were making our way to the location, the casualty party made a further call to NWAS that the casualty was suffering breathing difficulties and was drowsy. This information triggered a positive response to the COVID-19 risk assessment that has now to be carried out for all rescues. However, it was also reported that the casualty was beginning to make his way down again. He was soon intercepted by the advance party who continued to walk him off the mountain, keeping at least 2m away and upwind. Once in the ambulance he was assessed by the team doctor and ambulance crew to be showing no symptoms of COVID-19.

Incident started at 19:42 and ended at 21:53 making 2.2 hrs in total. There were 21 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY198073. Total rescuer hours: 46