Coniston Old Man 20th February 14:20hrs 6/2016

Old man 20th Feb 2016

The weather had settled a little by the afternoon and had stopped raining, but it remained windy with strong gusts, and there was low mist on the fells.

We were called to the aid of a male walker who was suffering from exhaustion. He and his friend had walked over Dow Crag, and gone on to the Old Man. However, after losing the track in poor conditions, the casualty had become very tired and unable to continue. They informed us they were otherwise well equipped with food and water.

One team quickly left the base after establishing where the walkers were, and headed up the fell equipped with warm clothing and a shelter, a Casualty Bag and First Aid Sack. They were followed by other members bringing up the stretcher in case it was required. The gentleman was easily found on the track to the east of the Old Man which runs above the quarries. He was given warm clothing and then put in a shelter with three other team members to keep him warm. He was also given some chocolate to raise his glucose levels. However the gentleman was not deemed fit enough to walk and therefore he was evacuated off the fell by stretcher to the land rovers parked at Bursting Stone Quarries. All three had been deployed. An ambulance was already waiting at the base and he was later transferred to Furness General Hospital.

A total of 12 members responded to this incident which took 2 ¾ hours.


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