16 in 2004

Call from Workington Police requesting assistance from Ambulance Control. 75 year old male (from Barrow-in-Furness) had fallen approximately 10 metres down vertical rocks into the river Esk, near St Catherine’s church (Eskdale). Further information suggested he’d sustained a head injury, although his condition was not known until we got on scene.A total of 11 WMRT members responded (although 3 remained at Gosforth) and we quickly located him near the “girder bridge”. He was treated by Team members, including one of A&E Consultant team Doctors and stretcher’d to our vehicles at the Church. He was then taken by Ambulance to Whitehaven Hospital.His wife accompanied him in the Ambulance whilst other family members were taken back to their vehicle, at Ravenglass. His wife said he’d been concerned to keep their 3 yr old grand doughtier away from the drop but had fallen himself. He’d apparently hit reasonably deep water (rather than the shallow, rocky area near by) and had been pulled out by other walkers who were luckily in the vicinity.Being quite close to where we can drive to, the incident was dealt with relatively quickly. Mill Forge rescue headquarters in Gosforth were closed at about 1900 hrs.

Incident started at 16:48 and ended at 19:00 making 2.2 hrs in total. There were 11 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 24