Cumbria team involved in rescuing 12 teenagers in severe weather
Last updated at 11:38, Monday, 28 October 2013
A CUMBRIA team involved in rescuing 12 teenagers in severe weather
A CUMBRIA mountain rescue team assisted 12 teenagers in emergencies during severe weather.
Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called by Cumbria Police to rescue a 16-year-old girl who was reported as unconscious at around 2pm yesterday.
The girl was part of a group of six teenagers who were undertaking a four-day expedition and passing through the upper Grizedale valley near Patterdale.
Police received a 999 call before 1pm from a passing walker who came across the group of teenagers.
The emergency services were unable to call the informant back to get an update on the casualty’s condition or location because the original call had been received as a roaming emergency call.
The mountain rescue team had just finished training in worsening weather conditions when the call came through for assistance. They requested assistance from the Great North Air Ambulance, but the winds were too strong for the helicopter and it was forced to turn back.
The Air Rescue Coordination Centre, in Kinloss was then called, and a Sea King helicopter (Rescue 122) from RAF Valley in Anglesey was mobilised.
Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and five members of the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service also attended.
The girl and another from the group who was mildly hypothermic were flown directly to Furness General Hospital, in Barrow.
They were discharged later in the evening.
Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team said the helicopter was operating at its limit in the extremely strong gusting winds and the aircrew demonstrated their exceptional skill in assisting with the rapid evacuation of the girls.
During the rescue several team members were thrown off their feet by the gusts. One Patterdale team member suffered chest injuries. A second teenager from the original group was blown over and suffered minor head injuries. Both were assessed by the team doctor.
While descending the valley they came across a second organised group of six teenage girls and leader who requested assistance. All ten teenagers were taken back to the rescue base and given dry clothing, warm drinks and blankets
Mike Blakey, of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, said: “We cannot stress enough the importance of checking weather forecasts before venturing into the mountains. Routes should be amended based on the information available and conditions on the ground. In this instance the weather forecasts had been clear about the strength of the wind and the heavy rain forecast and so this incident, and subsequent injuries to team members may well have been avoidable.
We would like to thank Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, the Royal Air Force and the Great North Air Ambulance.”
First published at 11:36, Monday, 28 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Hats off to the rescue services once again. I am pretty disgusted to read this was an apparently "organised" group outing and that 2 groups needed assistance. If it was organised then the organisers need a good talking to. If they had done their home work "looked at the weather forecast" and knew the terrain or even done their risk assessments correctly then this incident may have been avoided. You cannot take groups of inexperienced people out into conditions that you don't know if they can cope with, they must be within safe parameters as far as possible and this recent weather didn't spring on us without any warning. People really need to take more notice of their surroundings when venturing out into the elements. Don't get me started on incidents involving Foulney Island causeway !!!
we should charge a basic fee to add to accommodation to help FUND these valuable services and HOPE we dont need them. I HAVE though no fault of my own
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