149 in 2023
Hollowstones, Scafell Pike
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An urgent call was received yesterday from Cumbria Police about a walker who had chest pain and was having difficulty breathing. A heart attack was suspected by the caller.
As some members of the team were training in base an advance party was able to be immediately dispatched. Helimed 58 also responded immediately, and were reported to be lifting off within four minutes of the call.
The cloud base was fortunately just high enough, and the helicopter crew were able to access a flat area to land above Hollow Stones, leaving only about 200m to walk to the casualty. They assessed and treated him, however, unfortunately his condition still required a stretcher carry to the helicopter. As such, an urgent ascent was still required from Brackenclose by the team. Once they were on scene the walker was carefully transferred to the MR stretcher and the carry was made to the helicopter. He was then flown to hospital to continue his treatment. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.
Our thanks to to members of the public who helped, and in particular to the A&E nurse who took control of the scene before the helicopter arrived.

Incident started at 11:40 and ended at 15:42 making 4 hrs in total. There were 22 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY206074. Total rescuer hours: 88