In the early hours of yesterday morning, the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team were called out to help an individual who had been camping on Red Screes between Patterdale and Ambleside and was suffering from chest pains.
Sadly, while the team was embarking on the journey to the casualty a member of the Mountain Rescue Team fell ‘roughly 150m’ (over 492ft) down the steep ground and sustained life-changing injuries.
The team member was airlifted to the hospital by the HM Coastguard helicopter. A spokesperson for the team said they remain in a “serious condition.”
Members of the Penrith and Langdale and Ambleside teams were called in to support and the original patient was stretchered from the hill by the teams involved and taken to hospital by land ambulance.
The Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson said: “No one sets out on the fells with the intention of having an accident, and our thoughts are also with the original caller who became ill whilst camping on the fells. However, the simple truth is that the more people who are out walking in the Lakeland fells, the higher the chances that our mountain rescue teams will be called out.”
The team has emphasized that the Covid-19 pandemic has made rescues more challenging.
Team members need to operate in PPE and many volunteers are key workers
Mike Blakey, operational lead for the twelve rescue teams of the Lake District and a Patterdale team member, said: “I cannot stress enough the message to stay at home during (the) lockdown. This rescue, and the subsequent life-changing injuries incurred by our team member, were avoidable. Rescue team members are volunteers who train extensively to rescue others in the most atrocious weather and in inhospitable places…”
Mr. Blakey thanked everyone involved in the rescue of the team member and the family of the casualty from the original call-out as well as those who were now providing care to them.