Incidents Between 1st January 2022 and 24th May 2022

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1. Little Narrowcove, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 18:13 Sat 1st Jan 2022

We were alerted by Cumbria Police regarding two walkers who had become lost whilst descending Scafell Pike. The team were deployed and the couple were located initially by the Team’s search dog, Jess, in Great Moss before being walked back to safety.

 

2. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 18:24 Sun 2nd Jan 2022

We were alerted by Cumbria Police regarding a walker attempting the 3 Peaks who had become lost whilst descending Scafell Pike, but said he could see lights in the distance. A Limited Callout was initiated, and he was found fairly low down (again by Jess) by the intake wall at Gavel Neese.

 

3. Upper Eskdale - Full Callout - 17:00 Mon 3rd Jan 2022

The team was called for 2 walkers who had become lost after climbing Scafell Pike. The walkers had no reception but the police were fortunately able to provide a location from the 999 call. The team was deployed and Jess our Search Dog got her third find in three days when she located the walkers high up in the Eskdale valley. They were escorted down to a waiting taxi to be reunited with their car at Seathwaite.

 

4. Hollowstones, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 14:53 Tue 4th Jan 2022

The team were called to help a lady and her husband after the lady had injured her ankle whilst descending off Scafell Pike. The pair had attempted to self rescue, however, due to the poor ground conditions and the deteriorating light they felt it was in everybody’s best interest to ask for help. Both Wasdale and Duddon & Furness team members were immediately deployed to the location where initial medical care was provided and the lady was then carefully stretchered off back down to the valley bottom. Thank you for the support from Duddon & Furness Mountain Rescue Team.

 

5. Lingmell Col, Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 16:03 Sun 9th Jan 2022

Whilst descending off Scafell Pike summit a couple of walkers became disorientated in low cloud. Due to the treacherous terrain, the encroaching darkness and the sudden temperature drop, the couple decided to call for help. The Duty Team Leader was able to make immediate contact with them and identify their exact location. Due to the cold, the Team Leader felt it was best to direct them away from the Piers Gill area and move towards Lingmell Nose descent path. A small deployment of Team Members were asked to go and meet the couple to provide warm clothing and lights if needed. The couple were intercepted and safely escorted back down to the valley bottom.

 

6. Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 17:02 Sat 15th Jan 2022

We were alerted by Cumbria Police regarding two walkers who reported themselves lost on the descent from Scafell Pike. “Phonefind” put them partway between the summit and Mickledore. They were given directions to descend via Mickledore and were asked to keep using Phonefind to pinpoint their location. When there were no updates and it was not possible to reach them by phone, a limited callout was initiated and they were located at Mickledore. They were unhurt and able to walk down.  

 

7. Scafell Pike - Alert - 19:34 Sat 22nd Jan 2022

We were alerted by Cumbria Police about eight walkers who were reported overdue from a walk up Scafell Pike. While the Team Leader was gathering information, one of the group returned to the valley and contacted the police to say that the rest were all OK and not far behind. The incident was closed after confirmation was received that they were all off the hill.

 

8. Scafell Pike - Alert - 17:05 Sat 29th Jan 2022

A party of 5 was reported lost on Scafell Pike. The Duty Team Leader was able contact the group and guide them off the hill with the aid of Phone Find.

 

9. Little Narrowcove, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 08:00 Mon 31st Jan 2022

The team was alerted by Cumbria Police regarding two males who needed assistance after spending an unplanned night on the fell. One was struggling in particular due to a leg injury and was becoming very cold. Due to the risks to the casualties, remote location and the potential for a long and arduous stretcher carry, helicopter assistance was requested. Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 attended and tried to access the location of the casualties in Little Narrowcove but was thwarted by high winds and turbulence. They then proceeded to help the team hugely by uplifting many team members and a large amount of equipment to Ill Crag, from which they could get to the casualty site much quicker. On arrival, both casualties were assessed with one able to walk off the fell after some rewarming and refuelling. The other was packaged carefully into a stretcher and after a very difficult carry to the valley bottom, both casualties were transferred into the helicopter for onward transport to hospital. Many thanks once again to Rescue 199, Duddon and Furness MRT and Keswick MRT, who had also deployed team members with additional equipment.

 

10. Scafell Pike - Alert - 16:33 Mon 31st Jan 2022

As the team was returning to base from the previous callout, a further call was received requesting help from two walkers who were lost on Scafell Pike. The Team Leader used Phone Find to determine their initial location, and then provided guidance to enable them to safely walk themselves down to Wasdale. The team was stood down when they were confirmed to be safely off the fell.

 

11. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 17:18 Sat 5th Feb 2022

Two walkers reported themselves lost on the descent from Scafell Pike. They were very wet and cold but not injured. Their location was established through Phone Find. As they had no torches and very limited battery life on their phones, it was not possible to talk them off, so a small group was tasked to escort them off the hill. They were able to walk off after rewarming.

 

12. Scafell Pike Summit, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 14:06 Sun 6th Feb 2022

A call was received about a walker who had sustained an ankle injury and was unable to walk. The location was virtually at the top of Scafell Pike. Given the very considerable risk of severe hypothermia in the conditions – bitterly cold and extremely high winds, Wasdale team responded, with support from Duddon and Furness and Cockermouth teams. A Coastguard helicopter was also requested. A call was received just over an hour later to say the party were nearly back at the car park, having been helped by other walkers. The 15 Wasdale, 8 Duddon and Furness and 11 Cockermouth team members, who were all already on their way, together with the coastguard helicopter, were then stood down.

 

13. Ill Crag - Full Callout - 16:27 Sun 6th Feb 2022

A call was received for three walkers who were lost on the Scafell Pike (Ill Crag) area. It was bitterly cold and wet, getting dark and they had no lights. They were given directions to walk off via Esk Hause, it being an easier option and with the wind behind them. However, they next made contact at Broad Crag Col, in the opposite direction, where they fortuitously met another group who guided them down to Wasdale. The team had intended to meet them with torches, food and spare clothing, but they were stood down before going on the hill.

 

14. Quagrigg Moss - Limited Callout - 19:17 Sun 6th Feb 2022

A third call of the day was received for three walkers and four dogs who were lost in the Scafell area. It was bitterly cold, dark, and they had only one phone for light. The risk of hypothermia was considerable. It transpired that they were two separate parties who had both got lost. Phonefind put them in Quagrigg Moss. The team were able to locate them and then walk them off after a brief rewarming.

 

15. Scafell Pike - Alert - 11:52 Sat 12th Feb 2022

Whilst descending off Scafell Pike summit a couple of walkers became disorientated in low cloud. Due to the terrain and the sudden temperature drop, the couple decided to call for help. During the original 999 call the Police asked the couple if they could see any others in the vicinity and if they did they should then follow them back down off the hill. As a result of this advice the couple were able to subsequently self-rescue without the deployment of the team.

 

16. Mickledore, Scafell Pike - Alert - 20:32 Sat 12th Feb 2022

Whilst descending off Scafell Pike summit a party of walkers became disorientated in the darkness. Due to the unfamiliar terrain, the darkness and the deteriorating weather conditions, the party decided to call for help. After several attempts the Team Leader was able to make contact with the lost party and with a bit of encouragement was able to guide them off the hill.

 

17. Great Gable - - 20:16 Mon 21st Feb 2022

A call was received for two walkers who had got lost on the descent from Great Gable. They had managed to get as far as the intake wall on the Sty Head path and were concerned that the light from their phone would not last long enough to see them off the hill. They were reassured that they did not have far to go and asked to make contact once down, which they did, so the team did not have to go out.

 

18. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 17:44 Fri 25th Feb 2022

We were alerted to a lone walker who had become lost on their descent from Scafell Pike. Phone Find was used and identified their location on the Corridor Route. Members of the team were deployed to that location. After some re-warming the walker was able to walk off the hill assisted by the team.

 

19. Ill Crag - Full Callout - 18:06 Sat 26th Feb 2022

The Team was called to a party of six walkers at the summit of Ill Crag after one of the party became ill. Due to the remote location and prevailing weather conditions, assistance from the Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 936 was gratefully received. They assisted by transporting two team members up the fell from the team base close to the location of the casualties. They then flew the party and the team members back to base. Huge thanks once again to the Rescue 936 team with some skilful flying in challenging conditions and also to Duddon and Furness MRT who had deployed into Wasdale in case the air transfer was unsuccessful.

 

20. Scafell Pike - Alert - 16:43 Mon 28th Feb 2022

The partner of a walker who was overdue returning from a walk with friends up Scafell Pike contacted the police to raise the alarm. However, very shortly after the Team Leader started to make enquiries the group turned up back at their vehicle safe and sound and the team were stood down.

 

21. Scafell Pike - Alert - 15:48 Tue 1st Mar 2022

A party of four who were descending off Scafell Pike contacted Cumbria Police due to concerns regarding one of their party who was struggling to walk. A Team Leader was able to make contact with the party and encourage them to continue as best they could due to deteriorating light conditions and the temperature dropping. The party agreed to try and continue under their own steam, however, due to a second medical emergency occurring Duddon and Furness MRT were asked to monitor their progress and respond if they were unable to progress any further. Fortunately the party were ultimately able to make their own way off the fell. Thank you to Duddon and Furness MRT for their continued support.

 

22. Hare Crag, Eskdale - Full Callout - 16:28 Tue 1st Mar 2022

An organised group was climbing on Hare Crag and whilst descending off the back of the crag a young person badly twisted his ankle. A team member who was already on scene provided initial medical interventions whilst the alarm was raised. Team members were immediately deployed to location where the casualty was provided with further medical attention and then stretchered off the hill back to an awaiting vehicle.

 

23. Sty Head - Alert - 20:13 Sat 5th Mar 2022

A gentleman met a couple at the Sty Head stretcher box who were struggling to make their way off the hill, as the lady had an ankle injury. The gentleman then contacted the police out of concern for their safety. Although no emergency was confirmed the Team Leader asked a colleague to look up to the pass to confirm that any lights on the pass were descending. The confirmation was positive and that the lights were low down. No further action was required.

 

24. Middleboot Knotts, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 14:49 Sun 6th Mar 2022

Cumbria Police were contacted by a gentleman who had come into difficulty whilst descending off Scafell Pike on the Piers Gill path. Having spoken to the Team Leader and explained he was stuck on a rocky face surrounded by ice the team was immediately called out and helicopter assistance requested. However, whilst team members were making their way to base the gentleman’s friends were able to get him to safety and thus a stand down was quickly put out.

 

25. Seathwaite - Alert - 22:03 Sun 6th Mar 2022

Cumbria Police contacted the Duty Team Leader regarding a possible injured person in Sour Milk Gill in the Seathwaite area. The Keswick MRT Team Leader was immediately contacted and the job passed over to them.

 

26. Great Gable - Alert - 16:32 Thu 10th Mar 2022

We were contacted by Cumbria Police regarding two walkers who had become lost descending Great Gable. The Team Leader was able to ascertain their location with Phone Find and then guide them down onto the path and then onwards to Wasdale Head.

 

27. Hollowstones, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 16:28 Tue 15th Mar 2022

The team was alerted regarding a young male with a medical issue above the Hollowstones area on Scafell Pike. Helicopter assistance was requested due to the location but was not available on this occasion. Fortunately the casualty had recovered sufficiently when the first team members arrived to be able to walk off the fell under his own steam. Once back in the valley he was advised to attend hospital for a check and the team was stood down. Thanks again to Duddon and Furness MRT for their support.

 

28. Wastwater Screes - Full Callout - 17:13 Wed 16th Mar 2022

A call was received about two walkers and a dog who were stuck on the large boulders on the lakeshore path. A foot party and a boat party were deployed as the Team Leader was unable to contact the walkers to find out what breed of dog they had, and how big. A large dog would be impossible to carry safely across the boulder fields. The party was located, warmed up and then taken across the lake by boat to the road where more team members were located to act as a reference point. A taxi picked them up to return them to their accommodation and the team returned to base.

 

29. Mitredale - Full Callout - 12:45 Fri 18th Mar 2022

A call was received about a walker who had sustained an ankle injury whilst out walking. The team, together with Duddon and Furness members were deployed. The casualty was treated, stretchered off, and taken to hospital by ambulance. We wish the walker a quick recovery.

 

30. Tongue, Esk Hause - Full Callout - 20:23 Tue 29th Mar 2022

The team was alerted regarding two walkers who had lost their way whilst descending from Scafell Pike summit. Team members set off from Gavel Neese in Wasdale and were able to find the lost party easily once in the area thanks to Phone Find. After some refuelling the walkers were escorted back to Wasdale where their car was located. The team then headed back to base to restock the vehicles ready for the next callout.

 

31. Hardknott Pass - Alert - 11:00 Tue 5th Apr 2022

A call was received about a car stuck on Hardknott Pass. The driver and passenger were unhurt. Normally we only attend in order to assist the occupants, and do not attempt to move vehicles. A team member who was in the area went to assess the scene, by which time a member of the public had managed to turn the car around, so the team was not required.

 

32. Braystones - Full Callout - 15:37 Sat 9th Apr 2022

The team was contacted about an incident in the Braystones area. NWAS ambulance crew were already on scene and treating the casualty for a leg fracture. Team members then stretchered the casualty from the beach to the waiting ambulance.

 

33. Lingmell - Alert - 22:27 Fri 15th Apr 2022

The Team Leader was alerted by Cumbria Police regarding a concerned camper who had seen lights on Lingmell and was worried that they needed assistance. Following initial enquiries a second Team Member was asked to go to Brackenclose to investigate further following which the team was stood down. A false alarm with good intent.

 

34. Great Gable - Alert - 14:15 Sat 16th Apr 2022

A call was received about a walker with an injured ankle on Great Gable. It was established that the casualty was on the Ennerdale side of the hill, so the call was passed to the Cockermouth team, who then dealt with the incident.

 

35. Stanley Ghyll, Eskdale - Full Callout - 16:36 Tue 19th Apr 2022

The team was alerted to a male walker who had slipped and heard a ‘pop’ in their knee and was then unable to bear any weight. The team deployed quickly to the area and assessed the casualty before administering some pain relief and a vacuum splint. He was then packaged into a casualty bag and stretcher and moved down the hill to the car park, from where he was driven by another member of the walking party to hospital for further assessment and treatment. We wish the gentleman well with a speedy recovery.  

 

36. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 19:36 Thu 21st Apr 2022

The team was alerted to a lone walker who was descending from the Scafell Pike summit. She had possibly fainted and fallen, in some pain and was generally struggling to make further progress back to the valley floor. As nightfall was approaching and temperatures dropping quickly the team were mobilised. Thankfully Phonefind provided a very accurate location once again. On arrival she was given some extra energy through food and drink, and re-warmed with further clothing layers and some time in a team group shelter. After a while she was then able to walk off the hill under her own steam under close guidance from the team.

 

37. Lingmell Col, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 13:17 Thu 28th Apr 2022

We were alerted yesterday to a walker on Scafell Pike who had injured his ankle and was no longer able to continue. The team was called out, with assistance gratefully received once again from Duddon and Furness MRT due to the expected long stretcher carry from this location. Once on scene he was medically assessed and given pain relief, before being transferred to a stretcher for the carry down to the valley. He was then transferred into an ambulance for the onward transfer to hospital. We wish the casualty well and a quick recovery.

 

38. Hollowstones, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 15:23 Sat 30th Apr 2022

Our new team members got a chance straight away to demonstrate their skills with two call-outs in quick succession. The first followed a call that was received from NWAS about a walker who had tripped and sustained a head injury. A passing nurse helped to dress the wound, many thanks to that person. The casualty was able to start walking and was met by members of the team who assisted her the rest of the way down. Her husband then took her to hospital.  

 

39. Hollowstones, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 16:03 Sat 30th Apr 2022

The second callout in short succession followed a call that was received from Cumbria Police about a solitary walker who was feeling unwell. The location was very close to the previous incident, so team members were already on the hill. They met the casualty, who had been helped by members of the public, thank-you to them, and the team helped the casualty the rest of the way down. He was subsequently met by his friends in the car park. We wish a speedy recovery to both the casualties.

 

40. St Bees Head - Alert - 14:19 Tue 3rd May 2022

A call was received about a casualty with an ankle injury somewhere in the St Bees area. As the location subsequently became clear (at the promenade) the tasking became the responsibility of the Coastguard Rescue Team and the Team Leader stood the team down.

 

41. Lingmell Col, Scafell Pike - Full Callout - 16:56 Fri 6th May 2022

A call was received from Cumbria Police about a walker who had tripped and sustained an ankle injury. The team mobilised, and once on scene, treated the casualty. The limb was splinted and the casualty was stretchered off the hill to a waiting ambulance, to be taken to hospital. We wish the walker a quick recovery.

 

42. Scafell Pike - Alert - 13:36 Fri 13th May 2022

A call was received from Cumbria Police about two walkers who were reported as overdue from their walk up Scafell Pike. As the Team Leader was gathering information a call was received to say they had turned up safe and well.

 

43. Scafell Pike - Limited Callout - 22:38 Mon 16th May 2022

We were alerted regarding a walker who had become disorientated on the descent from Scafell Pike. Unfortunately it was not possible to talk him off so a small group of team members went to find and escort him off, which he was able to do after some rewarming.