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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Furness mountain rescue teams evacuate 100 people

CHAOTIC weather conditions saw mountain rescue teams evacuate more than 100 people from their vehicles in 24 hours.

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called into action Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team evacuating 36 children from Hinning House outdoor centre in the Duddon Valley on Saturday Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team

Around 30 members from Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team (DFMRT) evacuated 72 people on Friday alone in horrendous conditions on the A595.

The team also evacuated 36 children from Hinning House outdoor centre in Duddon Valley in a six-hour operation on Saturday.

They were working in tandem with volunteers from Bay Search and Rescue.

Mike Margeson, team leader at DFMRT, described his frustration after team members spent several hours rescuing three young men who became stranded on Corney Fell after attempting to go ‘off roading.’

“It is frustrating but we are not here to judge, we are just here to help,” he said.

“I think their parents might have something to say, and they got a bit more adventure than they bargained for. I think the team members all felt very satisfied, and when we looked back and saw we had evacuated more than 100 people in 24 hours we realised that is pretty special.”

Mr Margeson said that without combined efforts from mountain rescue services and The Bay Search and Rescue the outcome could have been very different.

“If we had not been able to help I don’t think some people would have made it through the night,” he said.

Bay Search and Rescue spent an uncomfortable night in Millom on Friday before awaking to more snowdrifts on Saturday.

Gary Parsons, Bay Search and Rescue station officer, said: “We slept on the floor of Millom fire station – it's not the Hilton you know.”

The work continued late on Sunday as the road was still blocked by snow north of Millom and cars were lying abandoned along the route. Members of the team were finally stood down late yesterday afternoon.

Have your say

Phil Chapman is a good mate of mine. He has always been a great, generous guy. Would expect nothing less from him in a situation like this. Well done Phil.

Posted by Simon Ellis on 27 March 2013 at 23:16

I was in the van in front of the car that Terry Harvey-Chadwic was in as seen on photo 37 that he had taken.
Thankyou to ALL the rescue teams/police and copeland council for rescuing us and looking after us.

Posted by paul on 25 March 2013 at 15:42

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