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Skew Gill, Great End
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A second call on Friday afternoon was received from Cumbria Police about a walker who had rolled over on her ankle and had suffered a suspected fracture. Two passing walkers had assisted greatly by walking some distance to obtain mobile signal and call 999. They had also shown initiative to investigate the Keswick MRT Styhead stretcher box and obtain some emergency equipment from there to keep the walker and her daughter warm and sheltered.
A full callout was already in progress from the previous alert so the team were diverted to make their way in increasingly wet, windy and cold conditions. Once on scene, team Casualty Carers assessed the walker. She had indeed obtained a painful injury to her lower leg which needed to be aligned and splinted. Strong analgesia was also given to make the long stretcher carry as comfortable as possible. After ‘packaging’ in the team stretcher, the walker was carefully carried back to Wasdale Head. With impeccable timing, a land ambulance arrived at exactly the right moment and a handover was made, before the walker was transferred to hospital for further treatment. We wish her a swift recovery and hope to see her back on the fells soon. Many thanks to the two passing walkers who had helped and had stayed on scene until we arrived.

Incident started at 16:03 and ended at 21:38 making 5.6 hrs in total. There were 19 Wasdale team members involved and the incident occured at NY221091. Total rescuer hours: 106