Call from Workington police to respond to a male walker in his early 50’s with chest pains on Great Gable. Due to the potential serious nature of the incident the Team Leader immediately requested an RAF helicopter. The ill walker was with a group of 4 other walkers, ascending Styhead when one became ill with crushing pains in his chest. The team arrived on scene at the same time as the helicopter which had come across from RAF Boulmer . Emergency medical treatment was given and the man was winched by stretcher in to the helicopter and taken to West Cumberland Hospital. He was very fortunate as the team had responded very quickly and were on scene within 50 minutes from the pagers going off at work. The man had suffered a heart attack and was very ill and in a lost of pain when the team arrived. This rescue was deemed time critical and was regarded as a life saving response. There were approximately 12 team members on the hill. The incident was closed at around 4.30 p.m.
Incident started at 14:27 and ended at 16:30 making 2.1 hrs in total. There were 12 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 25