Mountaineer killed in Lake District plunge named
Last updated at 09:15, Wednesday, 12 December 2012
THE walker who died after falling 200 metres on Red Gill at Scafell in the Lake District has been named.
James Blackburn, from Darrington in West Yorkshire, slipped on snow and ice while making his way across the Lord’s Rake traverse path in Scafell, Wasdale.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Service was called out at 10am on Monday by Cumbria Police, after a passer-by raised the alarm about Mr Blackburn having fallen and his walking companion being crag-fast and unable to move.
His 64-year-old companion, from the Nottingham area, climbed down a short distance but became stuck on the crag.
Mr Blackburn was pronounced dead at the scene, and was airlifted to West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer.
His companion was also winched off the crag by the RAF, and received hospital treatment for shock and the effects of the cold. He was discharged on Monday.
The incident closed at around 1.30pm.
A statement from Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team read: "Walkers are reminded that the high fells are still in full winter conditions, especially north facing gullies where ice axes and crampons are essential, along with the knowledge and experience of how to use them.
"Map, compass and torch are also essential when navigating in poor conditions. Practice in their use is very important."
First published at 20:00, Monday, 10 December 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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