Mountain Rescue

Walker, 83, injured in Dodd Wood tumble

An 83-year-old walker suffered head and rib injuries when he slipped and fell 20ft (6m) in Dodd Wood, near Keswick, yesterday.

Volunteers from the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team were asked to help ambulance paramedics bring the casualty back to the road.

Mountain rescue scene
Keswick MRT

Walker survives 800ft fall, thanks to earlier avalanche

Martin Lewes


Mountain rescue volunteers from Cockermouth say a walker who fell more than 800ft (250m) down a gully on a Lake District mountain is alive thanks to an earlier avalanche, the debris from which which stopped him sliding over a large cliff.

Helicopter lifting walker from Pillar gully
Cockermouth MRT

The walker slipped a few feet from the 2,900ft summit of Pillar and took what a team member described as "an almighty tumble" down a steep gully, with only the deep lumpy snow visible in the picture above, bringing him to a halt.

A Coastguard helicopter carried team members to the summit, so they could be lowered down to make the casualty safe and give him first aid, before he was taken to hospital in Carlisle, where he is now recovering.

A Facebook posting by the team about the rescue, last Thursday, was quickly followed by messages of thanks from the walker's wife and friends.

Slippery ground leads to two fell rescues

Two fell walkers were carried off the hills by mountain rescue volunteers after slipping on wet ground yesterday.

Keswick team with Bannerdale  casualty
Keswick MRT

The Keswick team was called out to Bannerdale, behind Souther Fell, after a 50-year-old woman injured her ankle.

She was carried to Mungrisedale and then taken to hospital in Carlisle by friends for further treatment.

Further south, the Langdale-Ambleside and Kendal teams helped a 73-year-old man who injured his back in a fall.

He was carried down from Far Easedale to Grasmere.

Mountain rescuer injured in Langdales callout

A mountain rescue volunteer was injured while carrying a casualty from a Lake District fell at the weekend.

The Langdale Ambleside team was helping a young man who had injured his ankle high on Harrison Stickle in extremely windy conditions.

Team leader Nick Owen said the team member suffered a knee injury that would mean several days off work.

Mr Owen said the rescue was the third in two days, all of which involved walkers going onto the fells without realising how severe the weather would be.

Rear of Lamra ambulance

Castle Crag claims two callouts in a day for Keswick team

Volunteers from the Keswick Mountain Rescue team were called twice to almost exactly the same place on Castle Crack in Borrowdale at the weekend.

Rescuers with stretcher
Keswick MRT Peter Batey

The first call was from a woman who broke her ankle on the Allerdale Ramble route, while the second, two hours later, was a walker blown off her feet by a gust of wind, with an injured shoulder.

Both were given first aid and carried down to Grange for onward transport to hospital after the rescues on Saturday.

Coniston mountain rescue volunteers also rescued a casualty blown over by Saturday's gusty winds, a man who injured his ankle.

Walker flown to hospital after Striding Edge fall

A man was flown to hospital with head injuries after falling 60ft (20m) from Striding Edge on Helvellyn yesterday.

Helicopter picking up team members
Patterdale MRT

Volunteers from the Patterdale rescue team and a Coastguard helicopter were called in, but the aircraft couldn't reach the scene because of poor weather.

Mountain rescue team members were flown part of the way to the scene and gave the casualty first aid until the weather improved enough to allow the helicopter to make a successful approach.

The man was eventually winched from the scene and taken to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Walker stops Blencathra fall with ice axe

A fell walker who tried to descend Blencathra down Sharp Edge, managed to stop himself with an ice axe after slipping on the wet rock, and escaped with relatively minor injuries having fallen about 10ft (3m).

Rescuers in dark
Keswick MRT

The man managed to call for help and volunteers from the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team lowered him with a rope system to a lower path, where he was able to walk down.

Sharp Edge is listed as one of the accident blackspots in the Keswick area, having claimed 11 lives, and is known to become extremely slippery in wet weather.