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Greta Gill, Scafell Pike – Sun 23rd Jan 2005 – Callout 1 in 2005

Call to the team leader from the Barn Door shop, Wasdale Head to report a 60 year old injured male walker on the corridor who had fallen into Greta Gill. He had sustained a gashed head and other injuries. The team were called out and the police notified that a rescue was in hand. The injured walker had fallen approximately 15 foot after slipping on the ice whilst crossing the stream, directly at the top of the gill. After the team had arrived on scene it was quickly decided to call a helicopter due to the nature of his injuries, the location, the potential for hypothermia and the difficulty of the carry down. He had sustained fractured ribs, broken collarbone, gashed head, fractured ankle and compound fracture of his thumb. He was airlifted to West Cumberland Hospital by RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in the north east. There were 17 team members on the fell and the incident closed at 5.30 pm.

Incident Type
Location Greta Gill, Scafell Pike

Incident started at 13:30 and ended at 17:30 making 4 hrs in total. There were 17 Wasdale team members involved. Total man hours: 68

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