15 in 2002
Unknown Location

The Wasdale team was called to rescue a climber with a suspected broken foot on the Great Gable traverse, just below Tophet Wall. He had successfully completed his climb and was descending the mountain when the accident happened. A RAF Search and Rescue helicopter was in the area and was tasked to assist. The advance team, fresh from the rescue on the Screes arrived on scene, made the casualty safe and administered first aid. The casualty was winched into the helicopter and flown to West Cumberland Hospital. Around 18 team members were involved. We received a very nice letter from the climber since the rescue with a donation and to say that his foot was not broken but badly bruised and he is still limping but hopefully will be OK in a couple of weeks. He asked us to mention this rescue as a warning to others about the loose descent from the climb in that area. plus see photographs of the actual rescue here.

Incident started at 14:15.