Police called the Team Leader following an accident at St. Catherine Pools, Eskdale. A couple from Lincolnshire were walking along the top side of the river when the lady (mid thirties) slipped and fell 30 foot down a ravine into the rocky pools below. She sustained a nasty open fracture of her tibula and fibula (lower leg) which was complicated as she was lying on rocks close to deep water. She was given casualty care whilst still in the river before she was carried out on a vacuum mattress through waist deep water to the river bank. A 20 foot lift out of the ravine followed by a mile stretcher carry out to the ambulance. She was taken to West Cumberland Hospital for further treatment. Incident closed at 4.15 p.m. with around 18 team members involved.
Incident started at 13:57 and ended at 16:15 making 2.3 hrs in total. There were 18 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 41