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Incidents 2017

No.DateIncident
110 FebThe team was asked to assist Keswick MRT with a search for a vulnerable missing person in the Stonethwaite area. Members of Penrith MRT also assisted. After searching for two hours team members were stood down by Cumbria Police following receipt of new information.
216 FebLate in the afternoon, a 33 year old male fell 3-4m whilst descending steep ground between the summit of Haystacks and Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere. He sustained arm and head injuries. Fortunately his companion managed to descend all the way to Gatesgarth and raised the alarm. The team was called to his location, treated his injuries and stretchered him to Gatesgarth, from where a waiting ambulance took him to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
322 FebMembers of Cockermouth MRT, along with others from Keswick, Wasdale, Duddon & Furness, Kirkby Stephen, Penrith and Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Teams searched the central fells for two walkers overdue from a walk up Scafell Pike since the previous day. A search the previous evening had been halted at midnight due to appalling weather conditions. The missing persons were located in the Upper Esk area having survived a wet and windy night in their survival bag and were flown back to Keswick base by S92 rescue helicopter, R999 from Prestwick.
427 FebTwo walkers called the team for assistance when they become disorientated in cloud and snow near the summit of High Crag, Buttermere. Team leaders used the SARLOC tool to confirm their location and a small party walked up the hill to meet them and escort them back down to Gatesgarth Farm.
56 MarFour sheep were rescued from ledges on High Crag at the request of Gatesgarth Farm Buttermere.
69 MarA 74 year old female fell near the summit of Great Borne, Ennerdale and suffered a laceration to her forehead. The team was called and Helimed 58 from Langwathby also attended. Fortunately the air ambulance was able to land nearby and flew the casualty to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven for further treatment.
710 MarA 50 year old female sustained an ankle injury when she slipped on the path around Crummock Water. The team treated her at the scene, stretchered her back to Low Park and she was taken to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlise by road ambulance.
810 MarA 39 year old male sustained an ankle injury when he slipped on wet ground descending from Scarth Gap, Buttermere. The team treated him at the scene, stretchered him to Gatesgarth Farm and he was taken to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven by road ambulance.
912 MarThe team was called in the early hours to assist with a large multi-agency search for a missing person in the vicinity of Silloth. After searching through the night the individual was located and flown to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle by S92 rescue helicopter, R999.
1019 MarA 52 year old lady from Suffolk slipped whilst descending the fell side just above the village of Buttermere. She was treated by team members for a suspected broken ankle, before being stretchered from the fell and handed over to an NWAS land ambulance at Buttermere. 
1123 MarThe team was called out following reports of a possible paraglider crash near Isel/the north west end of Bassenthwaite Lake. Great North Air Ambulance H58 and a Police helicopter also attended and a search of the area was completed but nothing was found.
1226 MarThe team was called out to assist a 64 year old lady from Carlisle who had slipped on wet ground and sustained an ankle injury near Black Crag, Loweswater. The injured lady was treated at the scene by one of the team’s doctors and then stretchered a short distance to the North West Air Ambulance H75. The casualty was transported by air to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
1328 MarThe team received a call to assist a 64 year old male who had sustained an ankle injury. From initial information it was thought that he was near Honister Mine and team members, supported by GNAA H58, attended. However it became apparent that he was near Force Crag Mine, Coledale, and the callout was passed to Keswick MRT, who were assisted by S92 rescue helicopter R999.
141 AprA 72 year old lady from London slipped whilst walking down the path near Scale Beck, suffering an ankle injury. The team attended and treated her, then stretchered her to Buttermere village from where a land ambulance took her to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.
1516 AprThe team received a call to assist a party of four lost in mist near the summit of Red Pike, Buttermere. They had good equipment so kept themselves warm whilst some walkers who had heard their whistle signals from Bleaberry Tarn walked up to assist them. Three team members also met up with the party on the hill and assisted them down to Syke Farm Campsite, Buttermere.
1617 AprThe team were asked to assist the crew of Helimed H58 with evacuating a young female who had fallen from her horse down an embankment near Frizington. Whilst team members were responding a NWAS road ambulance crew managed to assist the Helimed crew and the team were stood down.
173 MayThe team was called to a 63 year old male walker near the boathouse on Crummock Lakeshore, who had been pulled off his feet by his dog and fallen down a bank, receiving injuries to his leg, arm, and head. He was treated by team members at the scene and transferred to the waiting ambulance at Scale Hill car park by Team Landrover. He was taken to West Cumberland Hospital for further treatment
1814 MayKeswick MRT requested assistance with evacuating a casualty from Force Crag Mine area, as they had been unable to open the track gate and needed more manpower for a long stretcher carry. Fortunately they managed to get hold of some keys and stood Cockermouth Team Members down as they were heading along the A66.
1919 MayThe team was called to a 35 year old male who had slipped and injured his ankle on Haystacks above Buttermere. Due to low numbers the team leader called in Keswick MRT. Whilst on route to the incident, the first Cockermouth team vehicle came across a female cyclist who had fallen from her bike whilst descending into Buttermere village, suffering  head and shoulder injuries. The team stopped and treated the lady at the scene and due to the potentially serious nature of her injuries, requested an Air Ambulance. Meanwhile Keswick MRT continued to the first incident, treated the casualty at the scene on Haystacks, and began a stretcher evacuation back towards Honister Slate Mine. The Great North Air Ambulance arrived in Buttermere and flew the injured cyclist to hospital in Carlisle.  CMRT then joined KMRT on Haystacks and assisted with the evacuation of the original casualty back to Honister Slate Mine where he was transferred into the waiting road ambulance and taken to West Cumberland Hospital.
2028 MayThe team leader was contacted with a report of a person in difficulty above Kirkstile Gully on Melbreak, Loweswater. He was nearby and witnessed someone climb back up to safety, then made contact with the informant and confirmed that the person was no longer in difficulty. No further action was taken.
2131 MayThe team was requested to assist a male casualty from Cockermouth with severe chest pain on the Whiteside / Hopegill Head ridge. The team quickly made their way to the casualty and treated him, then carried him a short distance to S92 R999, which had landed nearby. He was flown to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.
222 JunTeam leaders received a report of a possible crashed paraglider on Whiteside. On further discussion with the informant it became apparent that the pilot was moving and walking around near his canopy. A small team attended the site and found the pilot had been unable to take off due to lack of wind and had waited around in case the wind picked up. An air ambulance and a road ambulance on route were stood down.
2316 JunThe team was called to two walkers, who had become cragfast in the Green Crag area, on Haystacks, Buttermere. Team members attended the scene and the cragfast walkers were short-roped back to safety (along with their two dogs).
2416 JunIn a separate incident at the same time as incident 23, a lady became lost in mist whilst on the coast to coast walk in Ennerdale. The lost lady was located using SARLOC, which saved us a lot of searching, as she was some way off her intended route. Two team members went to her location and walked her back to the valley. One team member then drove her round from Ennerdale all the way to Borrowdale, where she was staying that evening.
2519 JunThe team was called to a walker visiting from Western Australia, who had injured her ankle whilst descending Gamlin End near the summit of High Crag, Buttermere. She was on the coast to coast route with her husband. Her husband descended to the valley to raise the alarm. The team ascended from Gatesgarth and treated the casualty. NWAA H08 attended from Blackpool and managed to land on top of High Crag just as the first team members arrived at the scene.  The lady was stretchered back up to the top of High Crag and flown from there to West Cumberland Hospital via the helicopter.
2624 JunA 15 year D of E award participant injured her ankle near Floutern Cop, Loweswater. Her companions raised the alarm and the team were called out. Their position was confirmed using SARLOC and team members attended, treated the young lady and stretchered her to a waiting ambulance at Kirkgate Farm, Loweswater.

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.