33 in 2008
Shamrock, Scafell
Other Agencies

Whilst the team were assembling for rescue 34, Police paged the team for a second incident where it was reported that there were possibly two climbers in difficulty on Shamrock Crag, Scafell. The male and female in their late 40’s from the Midlands, were walkers and not climbers, had been descending from Lord’s Rake directly over the crags rather than the normal route. The female slipped and fell a significant distance over the crags sustaining critical multiple injuries. Her partner, in trying to descend to her location, also fell and sustained a dislocated shoulder. They were situated several hundred feet above the ground below on very steep and dangerous crags. Helicopter support had been requested immediately. A Sea King from RAF Boulmer was already in the area dealing with a serious incident on Helvellyn. A second Sea King was scrambled from RAF Leconfield and airlifted both casualties to Whitehaven Hospital. The second walker unfortunately did not survive her injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. 16 Wasdale team members were involved in this rescue and the one below along with support from Cockermouth MRT – Around 30 mountain rescuers were involved altogether – Incident closed at 10.00p.m.

Incident started at 16:23 and ended at 22:00 making 5.6 hrs in total. There were 16 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY20645 06924 (altitude 745 m). Total rescuer hours: 90