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'I am truly lucky to be alive': Mountain Rescue undertake five call outs in 24 hours

The call outs took place between 3pm Sunday 23 July and 3pm Monday 24 July Photo: Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, in the Lake District National Park, were called out to five rescues between 3pm on Sunday 23 July and 3pm on Monday 24 July.

The incidents involved a woman who had suffered a knee injury on Place Fell, walkers stranded on Striding Edge, a crashed glider on Old Coach Road, and a man with chest pains near to Pooley Bridge.

One rescue involved a young man who was saved using the 'Find My Friends' Apple iPhone application.

At around 9am on Monday 24 July, Cumbria Police reported that the walker, Zane Pickavance, had fallen and suffered a head injury on Hart Crag.

Zane had spent the night on the mountain having failed to locate the Priest Hole cave where he had planned to stay the evening before.

The next morning he descended the wrong way and then fell into the top of a steep gully above the cave.

Mountain rescue had difficulty locating Zane as he was unable to provide an accurate location.

The 'Find my friends' app on Apple iPhone allowed the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team to see Zane's location on a satellite image.

They were then able to send the team and two helicopters to the location.

In a post on Facebook, Zane says he would like to organise a charity walk to raise money for Patterdale Mountain Rescue to show his thanks:

The team are an absolute credit to the area. They did their job perfectly. I fell over 100 ft and if it wasn't for them I would not be able to write this small thank you to them now. I am truly lucky to be alive sustaining the injuries that I have."

– Zane Pickavance

Patterdale Mountain Rescue says the use of technology in the mountains can be a real aid to those who need help and the team’s whose job it is to rescue them:

All mountain rescue teams are entirely voluntary and team members have day jobs. When rescue run one after another like this it can place a burden on the team, their families and their work.

Sometimes incidents are completely avoidable if the weather forecast is considered properly before venturing out."

– Mike Blakey, Team Leader

You can find more information about Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team at http://mountainrescue.org.uk/.