9 in 2023
Piers Gill, Scafell Pike
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As the first callout was still ongoing a second call was received from Cumbria Police. Another slip from a walker resulting in a leg injury, serious enough to prevent any further progress. Due to the resources already committed, and the potential for a serious injury, further assistance was requested from GNAAS for helicopter support. They duly obliged but unfortunately the ground was too steep to get a landing site close enough to help. The Coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon with winching capability was then dispatched along with extra support from our friends at Duddon and Furness MRT.
When team members arrived on scene, the walker was assessed, given pain relief and the injured leg splinted. On arrival, the Coastguard helicopter team was able to winch into the aircraft and transfer to hospital. The team then escorted the walker’s partner back to the valley floor.
We wish the walker well and hope to see her back on the fell soon. We’d like to thank both helicopter crews and Duddon and Furness MRT for their help once again.

Incident started at 14:32 and ended at 19:50 making 5.3 hrs in total. There were 20 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY214084. Total rescuer hours: 106