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Incidents 2017

Incidents 2016

No.DateIncident
17 JanThe team were asked to assist with a search for a missing male in Sowerby Woods near Carlisle. A rapid search of woodland was made in failing daylight but nothing was found.
29 JanThe team returned to Sowerby Woods to continue the search for the missing male. Again nothing was found. The assistance by Penrith MRT and Lake District Search Dogs was greatly appreciated. The Sprinter proved to be an excellent control vehicle during these searches.
326 JanThe team were called to assist with rescuing a female who had fallen over a bank and down a cliff at Maryport promenade. As the team were assembling they heard that Fire & Rescue and the Ambulance service had dealt with the incident.
415 FebA call was received to rescue a female with an injured ankle at Keskadale, 100m from the road.  Team leaders found that this task was in Keswick MRT's area so it was transferred to Keswick MRT.
525 FebA female slipped sustaining a shoulder injury on Broom Fell.  The team attended by driving high up forest roads into Darling How Plantation. The Air Ambulance also attended and the casualty was transferred by helicopter, after a short carry, to Carlisle Infirmary. 
66 MarNWAS asked the team to assist with dealing with a male with an ankle injury on Binsey, about 50 yds from road. Before leaving base, team leaders spoke to the informant. It transpired that he had managed to help the casualty to the roadside so the team was stood down.
723 MarA family group had planned to descend Whiteless Pike but erroneously descended Grasmoor Front. The team used SARLOC to confirm their actual position. A male had slipped on steep ground sustaining a wrist & thumb injury and a cut to his leg. He and his family were evacuated down steep heather in failing daylight to a land ambulance at Lanthwaite Green.
825 MarA female walking along a forest track near Gillerthwaite Youth Hostel sustained a fractured ankle when she slipped climbing over a fallen tree. A small party attended in a team vehicle and drove her to an ambulance near Gillerthwaite.
930 MarA male sustained an injury 30m from Cinderdale car park and NWAS requested assistance to carry him to an ambulance. A small party attended and assisted.
1031 MarA 57 year old female slipped whilst walking on the Scale Force path and sustained an ankle injury. The air ambulance attended and team members assisted with a short carry to the helicopter. She was taken to CIC where a fracture just above the ankle was confirmed.
111 AprThe team was called to a walker from Bury at the base of Scale Force waterfall who had slipped and sustained an injury to his right ankle. The team treated the walker at the scene.  Due to the potentially serious nature of the injury,  coastguard helicopter Rescue 999 was tasked and airlifted the casualty to Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.
126 AprA search of the Scale Hill Wood, Loweswater area took place when the car of a missing person from Wales was located in the National Trust car park. Team members searched wooded areas and Brackenthwaite Hows but nothing was found.
137 AprThe team was called to a 62 year old female walker from Yorkshire with an ankle injury, on the path beside Moss beck, Newlands .  The casualty was stretchered to the waiting ambulance at Newlands Hause which took her to Keswick Cottage Hospital.
149 AprReports of a red light flashing on the top of Pillar, Ennerdale were passed to the team. When the team investigated by driving into Ennerdale and flashing their blue lights, Cumbria Police received a call from a hill party on a night ascent of Pillar concerned that they had triggered a rescue. Having ascertained that there was no issue on the hill the team returned to Cockermouth base.
1510 AprA 68 year old lady visiting from Germany, collapsed in Setmurthy Woods near Cockermouth. She was treated at the scene by an ambulance paramedic, and team members transferred her to the ambulance on the road.  
1614 AprAllerdale BC asked CMRT if they could assist with removal of a fly-tipped sofa from an inaccessible position under the cycle track bridge over the river Cocker. A group from the team attended the scene and removed the sofa to the railway path for disposal by Allerdale.
1716 AprThe team was called to a 57 year old lady on Buttermere lake shore path with pains indicating potential heart problem.  Team members worked with with air and land ambulance personnel.  The lady was treated at the scene and evacuated by the team to the waiting land ambulance at Gatesgarth Farm. She was transferred to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
1822 AprReports were received of a dog being stuck on a ledge on Haystacks, Buttermere. The caller was concerned that its owners were struggling to scramble up steep ground and someone may become injured. Team members went to the location of the incident but as they were arriving the dog was freed and it was found that nobody had been injured.
1925 AprThe team was called out  to assist a  14 yr old girl from Essex who had slipped and sustained a bang to the head resulting in dizziness and possible concussion.  Great North Air Ambulance H58 attended and the casualty was treated at the scene by the air ambulance doctor and paramedic and stretchered to the air ambulance by the team. She was transferred to Carlisle Infirmary by helicopter.
2028 AprKeswick MRT had a search involving two people lost in mist on the Coast-to-Coast walk over Greenup Edge. Cockermouth, Langdale/Ambleside and the Lakes District Search Dogs were put on standby but the missing persons were rapidly located by a Keswick team member and no further assistance was needed.
217 MayReports of a climber with a leg injury and a cragfast climber on Gable Crag were received by Wasdale Team. WMRT asked CMRT to deal with the injured climber and air support was provided by Rescue 999, a Bristows S92 from Prestwick. The injured climber and his cragfast colleague were evacuated to a pickup point in Stone Cove and were flown back to team vehicles at Honister.
228 MayA team member was travelling down Honister pass whilst the 2016 Fred Whitton ride was in progress and stopped to assist with the treatment of two casualties near one-arm boulder. One was flown by NWAA H72 from Barton to Lancaster Infirmary, the other retired from the race and was assisted back to the start by marshalls
238 MayThe team were called to assist a 65 year old female who had been taken ill near the top of Squat Beck, Rannerdale. The team attended and carried her by stretcher to Buttermere Quarry and a waiting land ambulance.
249 MayThe team were asked to attend Black Sail YHA to assist with a casaulty with chest pain. A small group from the team, including a team doctor, attended the YHA and transported the casualty to Bowness Knott, for onward transport to West Cumberland Hospital by land ambulance.
2515 MayA 54 year old female injured her knee near the tunnel on the Buttermere lakeshore path. The team were called to carry her to a waiting ambulance at Hassness, which returned her to her car in Buttermere for onward transport to West Cumberland Hospital.
2617 MayKeswick MRT were called to an unconscious 70 year old male on Sale Fell and the Cockermouth team were called to assist. Unfortunately despite his colleagues delivering CPR and the Great North Air Ambulance H58 attending his life could not be saved. The deceased man was carried off the fell and the informant was taken back to his home address in Keswick.
2728 MayA group of female walkers were overdue at Buttermere Youth Hostel. They were last heard from as they left Bowfell intending to walk to Borrowdale. They turned up in Langdale the next day.
281 JunTeam members were asked to assist Cumbria Fire and Rescue with efforts to fight a large fire on fells north of Blencathra. Keswick and Penrith Team members had already undertaken long shifts assisting with navigation, carrying equipment and providing refreshments to Fire Service personnel. It turned out that CMRT members were not required and team members were stood down.
292 JunA 50 year old male paraglider pilot attempted to take off from the top of High Crag, Buttermere but landed badly and injured his ankle. Team members attended and were supported by Keswick MRT and S92 Rescue 999 from Prestwick, which flew the casualty to Carlisle Infirmary.
3011 JunTwo females in their 50's were reported as overdue at Black Sail Youth Hostel, Ennerdale. They had booked dinner at 7pm but had not arrived by 9.30pm. Whilst team leaders were making enquiries the females returned, safe and well.
3114 JunTeam members assisted a sheep off ledges on Seat, Buttermere.
3219 JunA 72 year old male slipped on the Red Pike "yellow brick road" path, took a tumbling fall and sustained head and knee injuries. Team members treated him at the scene and coastguard helicopter R999 attended, winched the casualty on board and flew him to Carlisle Infirmary.
3319 JunA 60 year old female became separated from her group whilst walking the coast-to-coast from St Bees to Ennerdale. Whilst team leaders were making enquiries she turned up at accommodation in Croasdale
3421 JunTeam members went to Whins Farm to assist with removing three sheep off ledges on Floutern Crag. This was interrupted to deal with the callouts on Red Pike.
3521 JunThe team were called to assist a 66 year old male with chest pains between Scale Force and Red Pike. Unfortunately his condition deteriorated rapidly and, despite the efforts of his walking party, two air ambulance crews and the team he died at the scene. His body was flown to West Cumberland Hospital.
3621 JunWhilst returning from the previous callout, the team were called to assist a 45 year old female who had slipped between Dodd and Scale Bridge. She was treated at the scene, winched on board coastguard helicopter R936 and flown to Carlisle Infirmary.
3725 JunKeswick MRT were called to an unconscious 74 year old female on Sale Fell and the Cockermouth team were called to assist. The casualty regained consciousness and was evacuated by stretcher and taken to a Keswick team vehicle for onwards transport to hospital.
382 JulA fell runner injured her ankle near the summit of Seat, Buttermere. She was treated at the scene and carried by stretcher to Warnscale Bottom. The team were assisted by members of RAF Leeming MRT.
394 JulA 27 year old male collapsed near the summit of Red Pike Buttermere. GNAA H58 flew to the scene and evacuated him to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle. Team members met up with the rest of his party on Lingcomb Edge and walked them back to Buttermere.
406 JulThe team was asked by Cumbria Police to assist with a search in Cockermouth for a missing male. Areas around the town were searched but nothing was found.
4113 JulKeswick MRT requested Cockermouth MRT to attend to one of their callouts on the shore of Derwentwater as they were committed on Greenup Edge. A female had fallen and sustained a leg injury and needed to be stretchered to an ambulance at the roadside. A boat from Nichol End marina assisted with this rescue.
4215 JulThe Team was called to a 65 year old lady from Leeds who slipped and fell from the Buttermere lakeshore path near Hassness House. She fell approximately 3 metres onto rocks on the lake shore, sustaining a back injury. Her husband raised the alarm and called the team.  Team members treated the lady at the scene and stretchered her to Hassness House from where she was transferred to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle by road ambulance.
4319 JulA 50 year old male sustained an ankle injury on Haystacks and spent the night at the "Room with a view" bothy above Buttermere. His friends went to Honister YH and called the team. Team members attended, treated him and stretchered him down to Gatesgarth Farm from where his friends took him to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.
4421 JulTwo walkers were stuck in bad weather on Kirkfell, Ennerdale. The team leader made contact with them and gave them advice on how to descend safely to Wasdale and the walkers made their own way off the fell.
4523 JulThe Team was called to a 31 year old from Redcar, Teeside, who tripped on the Haystacks path near Black Beck tarn. She sustained an ankle injury and was treated on site by team members and a North West Air Ambulance paramedic. She was then flown to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, by NWAA H08.
4625 JulThe Team was called to Bleaberry Combe area, Red Pike, Buttermere. A 60 year old female had fallen 15 feet on a steep path sustaining head and other injuries. She was treated at the scene and flown to Preston hospital by GNAA H58.
4725 JulShortly after returning from the previous callout, the team was called to search the River Derwent when a female was reported to have jumped off Gote Bridge in Cockermouth into the river. The Team seached along with several other agencies including Cumbria Fire and Rescue, the Coastguard and helicopter R999 from Prestwick. The search was stood down during the night.
4826 JulTwo walkers with two dogs were reported as stuck on Green crag, Buttermere, whilst descending. A walker near by had raised the alarm. The team arrived just as the walkers managed to make their way off the steep ground, without injury.
4926 JulCockermouth team members assisted Wasdale MRT with locating a 32 year old male, overdue on a walk from Wasdale to Black Sail Youth Hostel. He was found safe and well at the Youth Hostel.
5029 JulA sheep was safely rescued off Low Crag, Gatesgarth, Buttermere, by two Team members.
511 AugA 49 year old female walker sustained an injured ankle near the summit of Haystacks. Team members and GNAA H58 attended, treated the casualty and flew her to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
521 AugA male had fallen into a stream at a caravan park near Cockermouth, sustaining possible hip and femur injuries. The team and Cumbria Fire and Rescue were called to assist with extricating him from the stream. He was treated and carried by stretcher to the playing fields at Cockermouth School, from where he was flown to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle by GNAA H58.
536 AugA 42 year old male fell, injuring his ankle, in the Dubs hut/Warnscale area, Buttermere. The team attended, and were assisted at the scene by the crew of NWAA H75. The casualty was treated and moved by stretcher and Landrover to Honister Quarry, from where he was taken by road ambulance to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
549 AugA female fell 50ft from the bridge at Lorton Road, Cockermouth and sustained serious injuries. She was extricated from the scene by team members then transferred by road ambulance to Fairfield School field, for onward transfer to James Cook Hospital, Middlesborough, by air ambulance GNAA H63.
5511 AugThree walkers reported themselves lost in mist and poor weather on the High Stile ridge, Buttermere. They were found by Team members and escorted safely from the fell to Gatesgarth Farm.
5625 AugTeam leaders were contacted to offer advice to a casualty who had injured his knee and made his own way to Black Sail Youth Hostel. The team was not deployed on this occasion.
575 SepThe team was called to a 56 year old female from Australia who had slipped and injured her ankle on a path above Newlands Hause, Buttermere, whilst walking with her husband.  The team attended to her injuries, and stretchered her to an ambulance at Newlands Hause, which took her to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
5821 SepFour walkers from a party of ten were overdue on the Coast-to-Coast route from Ennerdale to Stonethwaite. As team leaders were gathering at base, a call was received to say that the walkers had turned up safely at the Langstrath Inn in Stonethwaite, their walk simply having taken longer than expected.
596 OctThe team was called to a 60 year old female fellwalker, on Whiteless Breast above Buttermere, who fell and injured her arm while descending from Whiteless Pike with her husband. Air ambulance NWAA H08 from Blackpool attended and managed to land near the scene. The helicopter crew treated the casualty as team members were arriving and she was flown to Furness General Hospital, for further treatment.
6011 NovThe team were called to assist a party a little lost and including an elderly lady suffering with exhaustion on Sale Fell. They were rapidly located by a team member who happened to be running nearby and were assisted back to their vehicle at Peel Wyke.
6111 NovDuring a team practice, a team member became acutely ill near Bleaberry Tarn, Buttermere and required evacuation via stretcher. He was treated by the team doctor and ferried to Cockermouth where an ambulance was waiting to take him to hospital.
623 DecA partially sighted ex trail hound went missing during a walk with its owner and her other dog on Melbreak front. Several team members mounted a search for the dog. Sadly it was found dead in a deep gully having sustained a long fall. The dog was carried from the fell by team members, returned to its owner and arrangements were made with a local vet .
6316 DecThe team was called to assist a 57 year old female fell walker in the Black Sail Pass area, Ennerdale. Whilst Cockermouth MRT were mobilising it was determined that the casualty was on the Wasdale side of Black Sail Pass and the callout was passed to Wasdale MRT.
6416 DecCumbria Police asked the team to assist with a search for a missing 79 year old male in the Crosby area. An extensive multi-agency search involving the police, Cockermouth MRT, Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs, the Coastguard, Maryport Inshore Lifeboat and numerous local people took place on the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday and eventually the missing person was located near Allerby. Team members stretchered him to GNAA H58 from Langwathby and he was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.
6524 DecThe team was called to assist Wasdale MRT with a search for a vulnerable missing 32 year old male in the Egremont area. His body was discovered in the River Ehen below Egremont, recovered and passed to the Police.
6628 DecThree walkers were reported to Wasdale MRT as missing on Scafell Pike, however their grid reference placed them on the Ennerdale Side of Wind Gap, Pillar and the call was passed to the Cockermouth team. The team leader made contact with the party on the hill and used SARLOC to help guide them back to the path and down to a suitable location to camp. The party then walked out the following morning.