49 in 2008
Great End
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Whilst the above was in progress the team was requested to assist Keswick MRT with an incident in the upper end of Custs Gully on Great End where there was a report of multiple casualties in a precarious position. Six team members were flown with crag gear and first aid pack by RAF Sea King Rescue Helicopter from Boulmer to the top of the gully, unexpectedly arriving before the Keswick party. There were 2 casualties within the gulley who had sustained injuries from rock fall. The first had a broken arm and was promptly winched out and flown to Whitehaven hospital. An abseil approach was required into the gully, so as to avoid further risk of rock fall, to access the second casualty and her companion from below. She had sustained a broken femur which was stabilized and treated on scene. The evacuation was delayed by a thunderstorm which temporarily prevented helicopter assistance and turned the gulley bed into a stream, but ultimately she was winched out then taken to Whitehaven Hospital. Great flying by the RAF. Her companions were walked off by Keswick MRT. 8 team members involved. Base closed at 9.00 p.m. [This incident is No. 44 out of 58 x ‘999’s in 2008 compared to 42 out of 51 x’999’s at the same time last year i.e. a 15 % increase on last year’s ‘999’ calls]

Incident started at 15:30 and ended at 21:00 making 5.5 hrs in total. There were 6 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY22627 08644 (altitude 752 m). Total rescuer hours: 33