Walkers airlifted in two Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team callouts

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A man in his 20s was airlifted after suffering a suspected broken ankle while out walking.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called by police at around 12.35pm after they were alerted to the incident on Rest Dodd, Martindale.

The team called the Great North Air Ambulance and its crew was able to land near the man. Following treatment, he was flown to the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team base and was then taken to hospital.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue team
Patterdale Mountain Rescue team

The incident lasted just over two hours and involved 18 team members.

Two days before, 18 team members had gone into action after police received reports of a man who had suffered chest pains while scrambling on Striding Edge, Helvellyn.

They deployed immediately to the scene and, due to the location and seriousness of the incident, requested assistance from a Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick, along with one from the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Red Tarn below the summit of Helvellyn
Red Tarn below the summit of Helvellyn

An air ambulance landed on the summit of Helvellyn and medical staff began providing immediate medical care.

Due to wind conditions, the Coastguard helicopter was unable to winch the casualty from the scene and instead assisted by transferring 13 rescue team members and technical equipment to the summit.

Once stabilised, the man was transferred into a stretcher and lowered 200 metres down a gulley towards Red Tarn basin.

He was carried to the tarn’s outflow, transferred into a helicopter and flown to hospital.

Patterdale Mountain ResueNeil Barrow, the duty leader for the rescue, said: “This was our second challenging and technical rescue within a week on Striding Edge, taking over five hours in total and involving 18 team members.”


Attribution: Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, 23rd May 2022

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