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Incidents 2020

No.DateIncident
11 JanTwo walkers reported themselves lost in fog on the High Stile/Red Pike ridge, Buttermere. Their position was determined from their smartphone and advice was given on how to get themselves down. A Team vehicle went to Buttermere and members walked up towards Bleaberry Tarn to meet them and check all was well.
23 JanA walker slipped and sustained an arm injury whilst descending from Ling Fell, Wythop. Team members treated him at the scene and stretchered him to a NWAS road ambulance for onward transport to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.
321 JanA 36-year old female fell runner suffered a dislocated elbow in woodland near Blake Fell. Team members went to the scene, stretchered her back to Team vehicles and transported her back to the road at the Leaps, Kirkland, where a NWAS road ambulance was waiting to take her to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.

Incidents 2019

No.DateIncident
13 JanThe Team were called by Cumbria Police to assist with a search for a missing person near Glasson, Solway. The team searched throughout the morning without success.
212 JanTwo walkers became disorientated, cold and wet in poor weather near the summit of High Stile, Buttermere. They were located using SARLOC and PhoneFind and given advice on the route off the hill. A party of Team members also went up their descent route to meet them and assisted them back to Buttermere.
319 JanA 58-year old female slipped and injured her ankle near the summit of Sale Fell. Team members treated her at the scene and stretchered her down to a NWAS road ambulance.
425 JanCMRT members assisted Wasdale MRT with locating four walkers near the summit of Scoat Fell, Ennerdale. After locating and assessing them, three were walked and one stretchered down into the Ennerdale valley where they met with friends for lifts home. Keswick MRT were also put on standby in case further assistance was needed.
528 JanTeam leaders were contacted when a number of vehicles became stranded on Newlands Pass in icy conditions. As there were no injuries and occupants were able to extract their vehicle or walk to safety no further action was taken.
612 FebKeswick MRT requested assistance with locating and evacuating a 19 year-old female who had suffered an ankle injury on Grisedale Pike, Braithwaite. Cockermouth team members attended and assisted Keswick team members with treating the casualty. SAR helicopter R199 attended from Prestwick, winched the casualty on board and transported him to Cumberland Infirmary Carlise.
712 FebWhilst assisting Keswick with callout 6, a call came in to assist a lone walker lost in mist near Great Gable. Members at base were able to speak with him by telephone and reassure him of his location. The walker then managed to relocate himself and complete his walk with no further assistance.
823 FebNWAS called the team when a vintage car overturned in Setmurthy Wood, trapping a passenger. Helimed H58 from GNAA attended, was able to treat the casualties and the team were stood down. M1 continued to the scene and assisted with a short stretcher carry.
93 MarThree team members rescued a sheep from ledges on High Crag, Buttermere, then made their way to assist with Callout 10.
103 MarTwo parties called in “shouts for help” on Anglers' Crag, Ennerdale. The team was called out but despite searching the area no casualties could be found. Hound trailing had taken place in the area earlier in the day and it is likely that shouts from this had been mistaken as shouts for help.
1121 MarA female in her 60's was knocked from the Buttermere Lakeshore path by a falling branch sustaining head and leg injuries. The team treated her at the scene then carried her to a waiting ambulance at Hassness House.
122 AprAn 18-year old male became lost near Dubs Hut, Buttermere. A search was planned, Keswick MRT were put on standby and the Search Dogs were called out. Team members commenced their search from Dubs Hut and soon found the missing male, uninjured but cold and wet.
137 AprThe Team were called by NWAS following reports of a 71-year old male collapsing at Blacksail YHA, Ennerdale. GNAA Helimed 58 also attended, and Team members assisted with a short stretcher carry to the helicopter. He was flown to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.
1411 AprA 71 year-old female, walking with her grandson near Green Gable, developed severe cramp and was unable to continue. Team members went to her location and found she had started walking slowly towards Honister. She was accompanied back to Honister and driven to Cockermouth base to continue her onwards journey.
1514 AprTeam leaders were contacted when a mother became separated from her children during a walk on Mosser Fell. A small party of Team members set off from Cockermouth base, returning after a few minutes on hearing the news that the family had been reunited.
1622 AprA 19 year-old male injured his leg whilst moutain biking near Whin Fell, Lorton. Team members treated him at the scene and stretchered him to a NWAS road ambulance for onward transport to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.
1723 AprA 19 year-old male injured his leg whilst walking around Ennerdale Water. Team members treated him at the scene and stretchered him to a NWAS road ambulance for onward transport to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.
184 MayCumbria Police requested assistance with evacuating a female casualty from the bank of the River Cocker in Cockermouth. Team members assisted and she was transferred to a waiting NWAS ambulance.
1912 MayA 67-year old male paraglider pilot sustained a leg injury during take-off on Swinside near Lorton. Team members treated him at the scene and stretchered him to a NWAS road ambulance. He was then taken to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.
2016 MayA male mountain biker from the Netherlands fell from his bike near High Nook Farm, Loweswater, sustaining multiple injuries. GNAAS H58 were first on scene and CMRT members assisted with treating the casualty and carrying him to the helicopter. He was flown to the Royal Preston Hospital for further treatment.
2121 MayA 68-year old female injured her wrist whilst walking near Buttermere Lake. Team members treated her at the scene, walked her back to Buttermere and drove her to West Cumberland Infirmary, Whitehaven.
2221 MayA 71-year old female from Canada injured her ankle walking near Haystacks summit, Buttermere. Team members treated her and she was flown by SAR helicopter R936 to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.
232 JunA male walker reported himself lost and exhausted on a circular walk over Scafell Pike from Borrowdale. PhoneFind suggested he was near the Moses Trod path at the head of Ennerdale and a night-time search of that location and other major paths was started in poor weather. Keswick MRT also searched likely routes in Borrowdale. Nothing was found and the search was suspended until the morning. On resumption he was soon found at his vehicle having spent the night on the hill.
244 JunCockermouth Team members assisted Wasdale MRT and Duddon and Furness MRT with the recovery of the body of a walker from near Chambers Crag, Scafell Pike. SAR helicopter R936 from Caernarvon also assisted.
2511 JunThe team was called by NWAS to assist when a 75 year-old male suffered a leg injury near Gatesgarth, Buttermere. Team members attended and the casualty was transferred to an ambulance.
2616 JunTeam Leaders were alerted when a party of two males was reported overdue on a walk from Buttermere to Honister over Red Pike and Haystacks. The Team was put on standby and a search was planned. Fortunately they made their way safely to Borrowdale and phoned in before the Team was deployed.
2719 JunNWAS requested assistance with carrying a 79-year old male from the shore of Crummock Water. Team members went to the scene and assisted with carrying a stretcher to NWAA H08 from Blackpool, which flew the patient to the Royal Preston Hospital.
2821 JunThe team was called when a 60-year old female fell and hit her head near Scale Bridge, Buttermere. Whilst the team were responding she made her own way to Buttermere and the team were stood down.
2924 JunTeam leaders were contacted when two walkers were reported overdue on the Coast-to-Coast walk. Fortunately they soon turned up at their accommodation and no action was required.
3029 JunA 67-year old male walker sustained a head injury near Seat, Buttermere. Team members and NWAA helimed paramedics treated him at the scene. He was stretchered a short distance to Scarth Gap then flown to Preston Royal Hospital.
3114 JulTeam members assisted Cumbria Police with a search for a missing 91-year old male missing from Workington.
3215 JulTwo walkers became cragfast on steep ground near Anglers' Crag, Ennerdale and called for assistance. As Team members were making their way to Ennerdale the walkers managed to free themselves with assistance from some passers by and the team were stood down.
3322 JulThe Team was called when a female in her 60's was taken ill near Honister Slate Mine. Team members attended, treated her at the scene and carried her the short distance back to Honister then transported her to her accomodation in Borrowdale.
3427 JulThe Team was called when two walkers became lost in cloud between Black Sail Youth Hostel and Borrowdale. The Team used PhoneFInd and located them near to Gable Crag. Members of Wasdale MRT, who had been at the Lingmell Dash Fell Race, went to the walkers' location then passed them to members of Cockermouth MRT who walked them back to Honister. Two more lost walkers were found at Honister and all four were transferred to their accomodation in Borrowdale.
3528 JulCockermouth Team leaders were contacted when two walkers became benighted near Tongue Howe, Kinniside. Their location was confirmed as being in Wasdale MRT's area and the callout was passed to them.
363 AugA 61-year old female slipped and injured her groin on the Gasgale Ghyll path, above Crummock Water. Team members went to her location, treated her and carried her to a NWAS road ambulance which took here to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.
375 AugA 66-yead old female became unwell on the Ennerdale lakeshore path. Team members went to her location, stretchered her to a team vehicle and took her to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.
3810 AugTeam leaders were contacted by NWAS for assistance with moving a patient from their home in Silloth to hospital, due to flooding. Whilst the team was mobilising, alternative arrangements were made and the team were stood down.
3910 AugTwo walkers became lost in cloud and heavy rain near Red Pike summit. Their location was determined by PhoneFind and team members went to their location. They were walked back to Buttermere then given a lift to Cockermouth, to meet a taxi back to their accomodation in Windermere.
4012 AugTeam leaders were contacted when a sheep became stuck on a rocky ledge in Whitebeck, Low Lorton. Three team members attended, rescued the sheep and moved it to safety in a grassy field.
4120 AugA 70-year old female took a fall whilst walking down the Scarth Gap path towards Buttermere and sustained a head injury. GNAA H58 landed nearby and team members went to the scene. A Coastguard SAR helicopter was requested so that the casualty could be winched and R199 attended from Prestwick. The casualty was treated, stretchered a short distance down the path in loaded into R199, then flown to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.
4225 AugA 70-year old male fell on the Buttermere lakeshore path and team members were requested to assist a NWAS crew with his evacuation. Two vehicles made their way through Bank Holiday traffic to Buttermere and assisted the NWAS crew, who transported the casualty to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.
4326 AugKeswick MRT requested assistance with evacuating a female casualty with an ankle injury from Ullock Pike. A vehicle with 5 team members attended and assisted. The casualty was taken to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle by her husband.
441 SepA 32-year old female reported that she was lost and tired after walking from St Bees to Ennerdale. Whilst Team Leaders were planning a course of action she called back to say she had made it safely to Ennerdale Youth Hostel.
455 SepTwo walkers reported themselves lost near Anglers' Crag, Ennerdale. Three team members went along the path behind Ennerdale Water, located them and walked them back to Bleach Green car park. They were then given a lift back to accomodation in Cockermouth.
4611 SepThe Team were called to Buttermere when "frantic shouts for help" were reported to Cumbria Police. A search of the area was made but no casualty was found. A local farmer had been gathering sheep earlier in the day so this was most likely a well intentioned false alarm.
4716 SepA 76-year old female sustained a shoulder injury when she fell on the Buttermere lakeshore path. The team were called out but, whilst responding, she made her own way to Gatesgarth Farm and then on to hospital.
4820 SepA 60-year old male fell whilst climbing on Low Man, Pillar and sufferred shoulder and facial injuries. Team members went to the summit of Low Man, some with assistance from SAR helicopter R199 and NWAA H72 landed nearby. The climber was rescued from the crag and lowered to the Green Ledge, where he was treated and packaged in a stretcher. R199 then winched him on board the aircraft and flew him to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.
4928 SepA female fell-runner in her 50's injured her ankle near Black Sail Youth Hostel, Ennerdale. Team members went to the scene and transported her to Bowness Knott, from where NWAS took her by road ambulance to West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven.
5028 SepTeam Leaders received reports that two people were stuck on a ledge at the western end of Ennerdale Water. Team members went to Bleach Green, Ennerdale, where they were met by two people who had retreived their dog after it fell down craggy ground.
515 OctKeswick MRT requested assistance with the evacuation of a 60-year old female casualty who had suffered an ankle injury above Rigghead Quarries, Borrowdale. Seven CMRT members made their way to Borrowdale and assisted with stretchering back down to New Bridge.
525 OctTeam leaders were contacted when a male mountain biker was reported overdue by his wife. PhoneFind and Sarloc texts were sent to his phone and he called back to confirm he was safe and well, though his phone had gone flat whilst out riding.
535 OctTeam leaders were contacted when a 25-year old male, wild camping with a group near Blackbeck Tarn, Buttermere, became unwell during the night. It was decided to send a small number of team members to their location and walk them back to team vehicles at Dubs Hut. The party were then driven back to their own vehicle near Gatesgarth Farm.
549 OctShouts for help were reported on the slopes of High Stile, Buttermere. A team member in the area was able to confirm that the shouts were from sheep being gathered in and no further action was taken.
5520 OctThe team were called to assist an 18-year old Duke of Edinburgh's award particpant, who was reported to be hypothermic. The group had made camp and the casualty was not seriously unwell so it was decided that they should spend the night in their tents and walk out the next morning under their own steam.
5621 OctA 10-year old became separated from his parents on Sale Fell, Embleton. As team leaders were planning a course of action he reappeared.
5721 OctA female walker injured her leg near the summit of Low Fell, Loweswater. She continued downhill as best she could but was making slow progress and the team were called to assist her. She was stretchered down to the road near Loweswater.
5823 OctA 70-year old female injured her shoulder near the summit of Robinson. Team members set off towards her location and NWAA helicopter H08 flew to the scene. As team members arrived she was transferred into the helicopter, which flew her to Crow Park Keswick for onward road ambulance transport to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.
592 NovThe Team were called to respond to shouts for help from near Haystacks, Buttemere. Two vehicles made their way to the area and a search on foot quickly turned up two female and a male who were okay but stuck. They were escorted back to Honister and driven to their car in Buttermere.
609 NovTeam Leaders were contacted when a despondent male called his care team in Blackpool and reported himself to be on Buttermere Fell. As a plan of action was being developed it was identified that he had made his way off the fell and was heading out of the area.
613 DecCumbria Police requested assistance with recovering a body near Great Clifton. Team members went to the scene and carried out the task as requested.
6220 DecWasdale MRT received a call when two walkers became lost on Great Gable. WMRT determined that they were in Cockermouth's area and passed to call to us. Two vehicles went to Black Sail Youth Hostel, Ennerdale and Team Members walked up towards Moses Trod to meet the lost walkers and provide them with torches, guidance into the valley and a lift to Bowness Knott.
6328 DecTwo adults and a dog became stuck on High Snockrigg, Buttermere when their tent was destroyed by strong winds and asked for assistance. A Team vehicle went to the top of Newlands Pass and Team Members assisted them back to their car.
6431 DecWasdale MRT received a call when a walker injured his arm near Little Scoat Fell and became unable to make further progress. Three DFMRT members had been climbing nearby on Pillar Rock and made their way to the scene. It was determined that the best evacuation route was into Ennerdale and the callout was passed to Cockermouth MRT. After assessing the casualty at the scene a SAR helicopter was requested and Rescue 936 attended from Caernarfon. The Team started to stretcher the casualty from the fell and handed the casualty to R936 on their arrival for transport to Furness General Hospital, Barrow.