Claife Heights 9th February 2015 13:23hrs 2/2015


It was dry, sunny and relatively mild for a Winter’s afternoon, with a very light breeze.

The Team was asked to go to the assistance of a gentleman who had slipped on an icy track whilst walking through Belt Ash Coppice in Claife Heights. This is an area of woodland and open fell rising above the West shore of Lake Windermere. He had injured his ankle, and although he tried to walk for a while, he was unable to continue. A passing couple stopped and telephoned for help, staying with the casualty until we arrived.

Whilst two land rovers made their way to the main track along the shore, one of the two people now with the gentleman was asked to walk down to the path so that we could rendezvous with them. However, the ambulance arrived earlier than us and the lady was able to lead a paramedic to the casualty. Once his exact location was established, a member of the team who lived locally, was able to re-direct the land rovers via another route. This enabled the vehicles to drive to the incident scene, whilst the rest of the team continued on foot. The gentleman was helped into the land rover without the use of a stretcher and driven to the waiting ambulance.

In total 12 team members attended this call out which took 2 ½ hours.


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