Esk Hause & Loughrigg 11th Oct 2014 13.20hrs 33/2014


Although there was an initial threat of heavy showers, the afternoon was mainly dry and sunny, with cloud at times.

The Team received a request via Cumbria Police to assist LAMRT (Langdale & Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team). There was a fell race in action and due to the recent heavy rain, the conditions underfoot were very slippy. They had multiple casualties to deal with and therefore asked for assistance from Kendal and Coniston MR Teams.

It was decided to send a small team of 6 to help LAMRT, whilst ensuring enough team members were still locally situated to respond to any rescue requiring our attention within the Coniston area. We were initially tasked to make our way up to Esk Hause to help with the evacuation of one of the casualties. Another Coniston Team member who had made himself available was asked to carry up part of a stretcher needed for a casualty on Bow Fell. However, whilst the main group was walking towards Rossett Gill at the head of Mickleden, we were advised that a helicopter was being deployed to pick up the Esk Hause casualty.

We were then requested by LAMRT to assist with another unrelated incident which had occurred on Loughrigg. A female walker had slipped and injured her ankle. We attended this call out helping with the carry of half a stretcher, and subsequently with the evacuation of the lady off the fell to the road. A process of stretcher sledging and partial carry was used. We then returned to base.

10 Coniston Team members were actively involved with these incidents which lasted 3 3/4 hours.