97 in 2007

‘999’ mobile call to Cumbria police from a concerned walker who had come across a lone male walker in his early 50’s lying down near the summit of Lingmell. He was weak, cold and wet and had been out there since Saturday. The details were passed to the Team Leader who quickly established that the person concerned was indeed the same person the team had rescued a week earlier (see rescue 73 below). The gentleman who has no fixed abode was reluctant to be taken back down to the valley bottom. The team doctor managed to persuade him that the weather was not going to improve and he would struggle to survive at this elevation. It was bitterly cold with very heavy rain and sleet showers. He was stretchered off the mountain back down to Brackenclose where the police met him and transported him to Whitehaven. 17 team members were involved in the rescue and the incident was closed at 5.45 p.m.

Incident started at 11:45 and ended at 17:45 making 6 hrs in total. There were 17 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 102