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Four hurt in Cumbria fells

MOUNTAIN rescue teams were busy with a number of call outs in the Cumbria fells this weekend.

Yesterday members of Patterdale and Keswick Mountain Rescue Teams were called to the Thirlmere side of Helvellyn, where a father and son had fallen on an icy path.

Both had sustained leg injuries and were airlifted from the scene by a Navy Sea King helicopter.

While the first incident was finishing, the team received a call from the police to say that someone had fallen on the other side of Helvellyn. A 27-year-old man from Cheshire was reported to have fallen 100m on the face of Helvellyn, towards Red Tarn.

When they reached the man he was found to have dislocated his shoulder and fractured his ankle. He was treated for his injuries, splinted, placed into a stretcher and then lowered down the snow slope to a waiting air ambulance.

While the second incident was under way, the team was alerted to reports a 47-year-old walker from Oxfordshire had fallen, again on icy slopes, fracturing his ankle.

Members of the Patterdale team were diverted from the second incident to this incident and the Penrith team was called to assist.

They found the man, splinted his leg and he was winched into a helicopter which took him to hospital.

The Wasdale and Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Teams were also in action yesterday after a woman fell and injured her knee on Scafell.

The Navy flew members of the teams to the scene and the woman was flown to hospital.

Have your say

Is it just me or is something mentaly wrong with people that decide to go walking in such conditions ie ice, snow. And majority of time think its a level headed idea to take thier kids in tow!

Surley u would climb the Lakes highest points in Spring, Summer even Autumn, leaving the Wintery condtitions for lower fell walks ie round tarns.

I just cant for the life of me figure out why put your kids in such danger, and yourselfs, in these conditions.

Also mountain rescue need to take action. There needs to be fines for careless mindless people. For example, each case should be investigated on and individual case, ie if u cant read a map/ dont have the right equipment and end up lost- u get fined the call out charge. Or, if you fall over, break a leg, then so be it, accidents happen.

I would love a response from any mountain rescue team member to why you put your life in danger for careless people time and time again.

Brave is one word for the mountain rescue team. Patience is the other.

Posted by Craig Collings on 24 February 2013 at 21:39

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