Brim Fell May 7th 2013 17:00hrs (16/2013)
The weather was warm, dry and sunny at lower levels, but further up the fell it was cool with a strong westerly on the summit ridge.
Two people had been scrambling on Brim Fell, 100 meters below the ridge of Coniston Old Man. One of the party dislodged a rock which became loose and fell trapping the scramblers leg. Her partner back climbed and managed to free her leg, however extensive damage had been caused to the soft tissue of her knee and she was unable to stand on the leg.
Initially assistance was requested from the Great North Air Ambulance as the carry out on a stretcher would have been long and arduous from Low Water Tarn. The casualties were located higher than had been expected and on the crag. The decision was made to call an RAF Sea King for assistance with extraction as winching would be required to remove the casualty from their position. Whilst awaiting the RAF the air ambulance was able to transport 5 MR Team members, together with their kit, to the summit ridge. This enabled the party to be reached quickly where medical care was given. The location dictated that ropes, helmets and harnesses were a necessity for all parties on the crag. The Sea King arrived and the lady was safely winched, along with her partner, to safety. She was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where she was treated for her injuries and released with crutches the same day.
15 members of the team attended this call out which took 3 ¾ hours, a total of 56.25 man hours.