48 in 2005

The team were paged by Workington Police regarding a lady in her 50’s with a suspected broken ankle. Her location was given as high up next to the second gill, Hardknott Fell on the Eskdale side. When more details were known, the lady was not a walker but from one of the local farms. She was helping her husband gathering the sheep when she slipped and broke her ankle. She was on a separate side of the fell to her husband so he was unaware that the accident had happened or exactly where she had been walking. She was lying in high bracken and not visible. The accident happened at around 10:00 hrs but it was not until later that she was eventually located by the family who then called in the team.The advance team were on scene within the hour and following first aid she was stretchered down the hillside to the valley bottom and carried to Brotherilkeld farm where she was transferred to the waiting ambulance and on to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. There were around 16 team members on the fell and the incident was closed at approximately 4.00 p.m. The team were pleased to have been able to help one of the local Eskdale farming families who have supported the team over many years.

Incident started at 12:18 and ended at 16:00 making 3.7 hrs in total. There were 16 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 59