37 in 2011
Hollowstones, Scafell Pike

‘999’ call to the Police from a male walker in his early 40’s accompanied by his nephew who suffered a panic attack in the Hollowstones area on their descent from the summit of Scafell Pike. The walker was already on medication for his condition and following a conversation between the team leader and the casualty, the decision was made for a limited callout of the team. 13 team members attended including a Wasdale MRT search dog handler from the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dog Association. 6 team members plus the search dog handler and two search dogs were deployed on the hill with a further 6 team members held back at Base. The walkers were located (by search dog Pippi and Olly) at around 10.15 p.m. and were walked back down the mountain to the vehicles in the Valley bottom. It is worth noting that whilst the party of two were being readied for the walk back down, another two walkers appeared out of the darkness along with a further three, all looking for assistance. The two rescuers were now accompanying a largish group of seven walkers which was further swollen when the other team members made contact.. As the group neared the valley bottom, one of our rescuers slipped and suffered a broken wrist, see next incident. The first incident casualty was walked back to his car with the incident finishing around 11.45 p.m.

This does emphasise that mountain rescuers do expose themselves to risks in carrying out their work and clearly the less we need to do the less we are exposed.

Incident started at 20:36 and ended at 23:45 making 3.2 hrs in total. There were 13 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY 20420 07387 (altitude 567 m). Total rescuer hours: 42

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