Rescue Team call-outs - November 2000 to November 2001
Mountain Rescue Team
2000 - November 2001
This period  incidents
updated Tuesday 13th November 2001
|Rescues Between November 2000 - Present||See below|
|Between November 2000 - October 2001|
|Between November 1998 - October 2000|
|Between November 1996 - October 1998|
|Between November 1994 - October 1996|
|Between November 1993 - October 1994|
There have been no additional callouts up to 2100 hrs Tuesday 13/11/01 when this page was amended
01/35: 10/11/01 (1830 hrs) -Saturday Last rescue for the 2000/01 period
Call from Workington Police. 19 yr
old man from Halifax had slipped on the path, descending Brown Tongue
and had sustained an ankle injury that prevented him from being able to
continue. There were only around 14 members in total but the
casualty was just below the Lingmel Gyll stream crossing (approx. 280
meters up the fell) and the small group managed the carry reasonable
He attended West Cumberland Hospital for a check up. We closed Mill Forge rescue base at about 2200 hrs.
01/34: 9/11/01 (1700 hrs)
number of visitors to this web page in October was 131
01/33: 30/10/01 (2045 hrs) -Tuesday
Wasdale to Ravenglass - Solo walker reported overdue at Bed & Breakfast in Wasdale. Found to be fine and well back at home in Manchester. He had failed to inform B&B that he would not be turning up that night.
01/32: 29/10/01 (2050 hrs) -Monday
The Wasdale Team Leader received call from the Team Leader,
Langdale/Ambleside rescue team whilst at the Mill Forge rescue
headquarters for a committee meeting. They and Keswick MRT were
responding to a report that a 32yr old single male walker was long
overdue on a route that would have taken him over Bow Fell, Esk Pike,
all of the Scafell Pike range, Great Gable and Esk Hause/Angle Tarn
01/31: 27/10/01 (2145 hrs) -Wednesday
Group of eight reported overdue on a walk up Pillar. No action taken apart from attempts to get more information.
01/30: 24/10/01 (0300 hrs) -Wednesday
Call from Police to rescue 2 injured walkers from upper Eskdale. The group of 4 had started their walk the previous day. Their plan was to climb Scafell Pike via the corridor route. On reaching Styhead stretcher box they carried straight on towards Esk Hause and we believe ascended Great end via the band. On eventually reaching the summit with visibility down to 5m, they became lost on their descent into Wasdale. They finally came across a group of RAF officers camping at Samson Stones who helped them out of the upper Eskdale area. On their descent two of the walkers slipped, one sustaining a minor head injury and the other a back injury. The RAF group raised the alarm from Brotherilkeld (999 call). The back injury was carried off by stretcher and the rest of the group were able to walk off unassisted. The casualty was taken to West Cumberland hospital by ambulance. The RAF group were taken by road back to Keswick.
The Gosforth base was closed at 0800 hrs.
01/29: 22/10/01 (2035 hrs)
Two walkers long overdue walking from Eskdale to Honnister. Turned up before a full team callout.
01/28: 13/10/01 (1555 hrs) -Saturday
Call from Workington Police to assist 3 exhausted walkers on Lingmel. This rescue started small but ended as a major stretcher lower over and down extremely difficult terrain. The group of 12 had found themselves on the wrong side of Piers Gyll, high on the fell below Lingmel craggs. One member of the group had injured his leg and was unable to walk. It was necessary to stretcher him back down the craggs/ broken ground using the full length of the 200 meter back rope. The walker was of large build and a significant challenge to the length of the Bell stretcher. A lengthy and hard evacuation of the casualty down to Burnthwaite Farm to the waiting ambulance and on to West Cumberland Hospital. Team members back at Millforge by around 2130 hrs.
01/27: 12/10/01 (1810 hrs) -Friday
Call from the Police to attend a walker with a broken ankle by Lingmel Ghyll. The retired gentleman had slipped in Lord's rake and twisted his ankle but managed to walk down assisted by a fellow walker. The advance team met him at the bottom of Brown Tongue and assisted him off the fell with a team member either side. Stretcher was not required although it was taken on the hill.
All team members back at Millforge by 1930 hrs.
01/26: 11/10/01 (1250 hrs) -Thursday
All Scafell Pike - Broad Col. Walker with a mobile phone (map but no compass) lost and seeking assistance. Assisted by other walkers before the team got on the scene.
01/25: 7/10/01 (1515 hrs) -Sunday
Call from the Police to attend a lady with a broken ankle on the fell above the Outward Bound at Eskdale - the reservoir footpath off Giggle Alley. The lady was given first aid on the fell and carried back down to the Outward Bound school to await the ambulance. Taken to west Cumberland Hospital.
|SEPTEMBER 2001 -
number of visitors to this web page in September was 116
01/24b: 15/09/01 (1815 hrs) -Saturday
Call from the Police regarding a 67 yr old male, reported long
overdue from Scafell Pike. The informant was back at Keswick, having
last seen his companion near the summit at around 1400 hrs.
Cloud base was around 200 metres below the tops and there was a fresh,
moderately cold wind. The missing person was described as
reasonably experienced but not carrying a map, compass, torch or
clothing suitable to spend
The team leader decided to wait until 2000 hrs. before calling the full team and in the meantime contacted the manager at the Wasdale Head Hotel and a Wasdale MRT based SARDA Dog handler. The manager went along to Brackenclose and spoke to two parties who were descending, having been to the summit. The SARDA dog handler organised a Wasdale MRT navigator and prepared to set off up Eskdale. The missing person turned up safe and well at 1930 hrs.
01/24a: 15/09/01 (1615 hrs) -Saturday
Alarm raised by the manager of the Wasdale Head Hotel. Two 18
yr old males (from the Wigton area) had become separated while
descending from Scafell and one of them was now reported to be
overdue. They were part way through a very long walking route and had
been intending to finish back at Seathwaite. However, the
informant had last seen his companion at around 1414 hrs somewhere in
the vicinity of Rake End Crags. The missing person was known to
be reasonably well clothed but he did not have a map or
01/24: 9/09/01 (0400 hrs) -Sunday
Call for assistance from a group of walkers ascending Scafell Pike. Gentleman with an injured leg. Team were called out to assist and the advance attended. The gentleman was helped back onto the path by members of his group and safely made their own way back down without further assistance from the team.
Team members were then able to get a couple of hours sleep before the helicopter practice at 1000 hrs later that morning.
01/23: 1/09/01 (1300 hrs) -Saturday
Call from Cumbria Police to respond to a male injured in Stanley Gill with a badly gashed arm. He had been with a group pushing mountain bikes when the side of the path gave way and he fell about 3 metres down the bank onto the rocks at the side of the stream. He sustained injuries to his chest, arm and face and was carried out of the gill by stretcher and taken to West Cumberland Hospital by ambulance. The team were back at Millforge base by 1530 hrs.
|AUGUST 2001- number of visitors
to this web page during August was 144
01/22: 28/08/01 (1900 hrs) - Tuesday
Call from Cumbria Police to rescue a walker with a broken ankle at Mickledore, just below the Broad stand scramble on Scafell. Details still to add. Incident closed at around 0200 hrs the following morning (yes, similar finishing time to the previous nights rescue and work at 0800 hrs).
01/21: 27/08/01 (2050 hrs) - Monday
Call from Cumbria Police to help rescue a fallen climber on Scafell Crags (Moss Gill) - fatality. more details will be added shortly. Incident closed around 0200 hrs. the following morning.
01/20: 21/08/01 (0045 hrs) - Tuesday
Call from Cumbria Police regarding a report of four missing people,
believed to have gone onto Scafell Pike. The group consisted of
two adults (in their thirties) and two girls (aged 14 and 16).
There was little
The team leader subsequently spoke to the deputy team leader, who's
group were the ones that found
01/19: 20/08/01 (1400 hrs) - Monday
Cumbria Police control room sent out a request for assistance to an incident in Eskdale. An elderly lady had fallen 3 metres into the stream bed at Stanley Ghyl, Eskdale and sustained an injury to her head. The team administered first aid and carried the lady down by stretcher. She was taken to West Cumberland hospital by ambulance.
Call from Cumbria Police at about 1400 hrs requesting mountain
rescue support for an Ambulance crew dispatched to deal with a woman
reported to have fallen in Stanley Ghyll, Eskdale. She was
reported to have sustained head injuries but we knew very little else
at that time.
01/18: 14/08/01 (1900 hrs) - Tuesday
The team were requested to search for a missing walker on Scafell Pike. He was a Russian visitor in his early twenties, last seen by his two friends at in Hollowstones below Mickledore at 1400 hrs that afternoon on his way down. The team were mobilised and the walker and his dog were found shortly after at Brackenclose by the same handler as incident 17b.
Shortly after the recall had been put out and as team members were leaving the base at Gosforth, another request for help came in from . This time it was to locate one of the friends of the first missing person who had decided to go and look for the Russian walker on his own. The team were again mobilised and search groups were dispatched to locate the person so that the incident could be properly closed down. The missing person eventually phoned in to say he was safely off the fell and at Cockermouth after deciding to return to Seathwaite, collect the car and drive it round to Wasdale.
01/17: 14/08/01 (late pm) - Tuesday
A Wasdale dog handler and navigator were asked to support a Langdale/Ambleside MRT search for a lost and exhausted walker on Crinkle Crags/Bow Fell area. The missing walker was located at Brotherilkeld at the bottom of Hardknott pass by the handler who was about to start searching Eskdale. He was safely returned to Langdale by their MRT vehicle.
01/16: 13/08/01 (2000 hrs) - Monday
Request for support from Cockermouth MRT to help search for a missing runner /walker who had failed to turn up at Seatoller following a man hunt game. He had been last seen at Beckhead in the early afternoon. The Wasdale deputy team leader carried out a limited call-out to undertake a low level search of the three passes Blacksail, Beckhead and Styhead. If the walker wasn't located early then a full call-out would have followed.
He turned up safe and well shortly after the team were mobilised. He had dropped down into Wasdale and had then retraced his steps back over to Seatoller.
01/15: 09/08/01 (1430 hrs) - Thursday
The deputy team leader was contacted by Whitehaven police to respond to call for assistance from a family who were cragfast on Nab Gill, above Boot in Eskdale. The advance group could see the family stuck on the loose scree, high on the crags above the Burnmmoor Hotel. They had managed to find a secure area in amongst the oak trees but were too scared to come back down. A rope was fixed to the rocks and the young mother and her daughter were carefully led back down the mountain to the father who had raised the alarm.
This had started as a fishing expedition due to no access to river fishing due to foot and mouth. They had been told that there was a tarn [Blea Tarn] where they could fish just up from Boot "...just go over the bridge, past the mill shop and turn left.....".
Unfortunately they got themselves lost in the overgrown bracken and then on the craggy area. The couple were not dressed for fell walking as it was a fishing trip (i.e. plastic bag with bait and slip on shoes) - even so they had managed to avoid falling into the many disused mineshafts and adits which litter the face of the fell and were camouflaged with tall bracken.
The team brought them safely back down to the valley bottom to re-unite with the husband/ father. Well done to the team member who had the awkward job of route finding, and carrying the fishing rod through the high ferns and gorse.
01/14: 07/08/01 (2045 hrs) - Tuesday
The team was called out to search for a missing couple who had become lost on Scafell Pike. Information suggested that they might possibly be in upper Eskdale. Keswick MRT were called in to assist and other search dogs. Team search groups were sent out to check main descent routes on the Wasdale side. The missing couple were found safe and well but lost, by a Wasdale search dog and his handler in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
01/12a: 03/08/01 (0050 hrs) - FridayThe team leader received a call from the Police advising that a 25year old solo climber was overdue. He had set out the previous afternoon to climb on Buckbarrow. The informant was contacted at their home and more details were gained. The missing climber had left details of exactly which route he was going to climb and we had details of the vehicle he was driving.
The climber was using a rope technique whereby he led, then tied off, descended to untie the lower belay, then work his way back up. With all the information available, the team leader called the full team out at 0100 hrs. Shortly after this, the informant called the team leader to say the missing climber had turned up. He had called in somewhere else before going home. The recall went out at 0115 hrs.
Postscript - one of our team members who lives close to Buckbarrow, was talking to Sir Chris Bonnington that afternoon on Buckbarrow and did notice the young man making his way up to the crags. Sir Chris had remarked on the quality of the Buckbarrow routes and that the climbing he had been doing on Santa Fe that day was very good and quite challenging.
01/12: 15/07/01 (2145 hrs) - Saturday
The team leader received a call from the Wasdale Head Hotel
regarding three missing people (doing the three peaks).
Originally a group of 7, they had split up having left the
summit of Scafell Pike at around 1900 hrs. Four of them had made
it back to Brackenclose by 2030 hrs. but three were still
01/11: 15/07/01 (1525 hrs) - Sunday
Call from Workington Police shortly before 3.30pm on Sunday
afternoon, regarding a report of a climber who had fallen on
Lord's Rake. They did not have details of the injuries but
could me a mobile telephone number for the informant.
01/10: 26/06/01 (2025 hrs) - Sunday
01/09a: 1/07/01 (2000 hrs) - Sunday
Call from Whitehaven Police. Two people (22yr old and 56 yr
old males - lightly equipped, no torches or
High fells opened up Saturday 6th June.
01/09: 5/5/01 (1210 hrs) - Sunday
Female reported to have fallen amongst large rocks. Minor head injuries. Coast Guard and RNLI involved. Evacuated from the bottom of the cliffs by inshore rescue boat. Team brought her down from the cliff and transferred her to the boat. Coast Guard were compromised by foot and mouth as they approached the top of the cliff through contaminated land and had to wait for MAFF to attend and decontaminate.
No change to foot and mouth situation. Fells still out of bounds.
01/05: 22/01/01 (1430 hrs) - Monday
Request to assist Keswick MRT in a search of Great End. A
single male climber, in his twenties, was reported to be lost.
He had in fact already turned up at Wasdale Head and the Police had
01/04: 06/01/01 (2300) - Saturday
Support to Keswick MRT looking for a Man and his son who left Seathwaite via Grains Gill. Wasdale SARDA member asked to search Styhead to Esk Hause with a navigator from the Wasdale MRT. Millforge base opened up to provide communications. Incident finished 0230 hrs the following morning when the missing persons were located on Glaramara.
00/03: 29/12/00 (2125 hrs) - Friday
Alert raised for three persons last seen going onto the fells by a local farmer at 1400 hrs. with light sacks. Their car with French number plates was left on the roadside at the cattle grid entry to Wasdale, just before Buckbarrow. The police requested a search of the lower fell area.
A limited call out was made and the tracks within Blengdale forest were searched by vehicle. A dog handler searched the upper slopes of Blengdale behind Windsor farm. Footsteps were found in the snow leading towards Haycock.
It was a very clear night with temperatures falling to -10 centigrade and a good covering of snow. It was decided to call off the search at 0200hrs. and resume at first light. A second, full call out was made at 0820 the following morning to search Seatallen and Haycock. SARDA lakes were also organised. At 0830 hrs a telephone call (mobile) was received from the (four) missing persons who were camping at Greendale Tarn.
Well intentioned false alarm, however considering the extreme conditions and the information provided to the police and team, the decision to search was appropriate.
00/01 & 00/02
Only two rescues since the AGM. One on 13th November 2000 was the rescue of two crag fast sheep, Middle Fell, Saturday 25th October. The second was a walker with "cramp" in his legs at Hollowstones, Scawfell Pike in the afternoon of Saturday 2nd December 2000. He managed to walk off the fell aided by the team although the alert was for severe cramp and inability to move.
|OCTOBER 2000 - This is the last rescue of the 1999 / 2000 year - for a full record see|
28/10/00 (1445 hrs) - Saturday
Call from Whitehaven Police regarding a 20 yr. old male
walker who had fallen over amongst boulders, badly lacerating his face.
The call had come from another member of the five strong Bradford
University group, who had raised the alarm by mobile phone.
The casualty was a few hundred feet down from the summit
of Scafell, in an area known as Greenhow and their location was in cloud
and subject to very strong winds and driving rain.
When we found the group, they did have an emergency shelter over
the casualty but they were in a vulnerable position, due to the extreme
weather. A French girl with
the group had also started to suffer from a "panic attack".
Both her and the original casualty were treated and helped off the
19 members of Wasdale MRT were involved in the rescue, which was closed at around 1900 hrs. A team member transported the group members round to Eskdale Youth Hostel where they were staying.
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