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New rescue aircraft 'more powerful' than Sea King

The new coastguard helicopters Credit: Mountain Rescue

RAF Sea King helicopters are being replaced by new coastguard aircraft after 35 years of service.

Richard Warren, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team said:

The month of August has also been a historic month for one of our mountain rescue teams on the west coast. Wasdale MRT was called out to a rescue on Scafell Pike on the 17th August where a lady had broken her ankle. Due to a hazardous stretcher carry back down the mountain, the team leader called in helicopter support and was extremely surprised and pleased when he was advised that a Sikorsky S92 from Humberside was being scrambled to their location. This much larger and heavier, more powerful and greater capacity helicopter has a very distinctive engine sound that Cumbrians will soon become used to and teams will become experienced in the fierce downwash which blows you off your feet if you are not secure. This rescue was the very first occasion where the new Bristow helicopter had flown into Cumbria on an operational mission, a truly historic event for the teams.

– Richard Warren, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

RAF Sea Kings replaced

RAF Sea King helicopters are being replaced Credit: Mountain Rescue

RAF Sea King helicopters will train with Cumbria's mountain rescue teams for the final time today.

The Sea King's are being decommissioned after 35 years of service and will be replaced by new coastguard helicopters.

The yellow aircraft, which have been a welcome sight for the 12 mountain rescue teams, will be replaced by new red and white liveried coastguard helicopters under a 10-year multi-million pound contract.

Lake District mountain rescue teams handled 474 incidents during 2014, of which there were 11 fatalities. The majority of rescues are managed without helicopter support. The teams are all charities and volunteers are unpaid. It costs around £500,000 a year to run the 12 teams which is funded through voluntary donations.


Police statement following Matthew Jordan inquest verdict

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Matthew Jordan. Today’s inquest found that Matthew’s death was accidental following immersion in cold water. When Matthew was reported missing, Cumbria Constabulary launched an extensive search for him calling on a number of resources. Sadly Matthew was found in Lake Windermere by a Police search boat team on the 15th April 2014, 19 days after he was first reported missing. The investigation team conducted extensive enquiries trying to ascertain what happened to Matthew after he had left the Staggs Hotel in Bowness during the early hours of 27th March 2014. Police enquiries led to no believed suspicious circumstances in regards to Matthew’s death. I would like to thank once again the specialist teams both within the Police and other agencies, the local community and those that travelled from the North East of England to assist the police and Matthew’s family and friends during the search. It was evident that people got involved because they wanted to help the family find Matthew.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Furzana Nazir

New calls for Morecambe Bay breast cancer review

A consultant studying a mammogram (Library) Credit: Press Association

A woman whose breast cancer was missed by the North Lancashire and South Cumbria breast screening programme is calling for an historic review of cases.

'Lisa' was given the all clear in 2005 after a routine mammogram. Six months later it emerged her cancer had been missed. She was 37 years old.

Lisa said she was devastated: "My confidence was just destroyed, I just thought how can that happen?

"I put all my trust in people to look after me and then they report I'm fine and less than six months later I'm not fine."

ITV news obtained figures earlier this year showing at least 14 other cases were missed between 2005 and 2011.

We reiterate the apologies we gave in 2007 to the lady concerned when her mammogram was incorrectly interpreted – as we appreciate this would have caused her additional worry at an already distressing time.

We would reassure Lisa and the public that a review of the Breast Screening Service by national experts from Public Health England in 2014 determined that the service is safe and there are no concerns about film reading in the unit, which meets national standards with good overall cancer detection rates.

– Dr David Walker, Medical Director of Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust

Coroner's verdict: accidental death

A coroner in south Cumbria has recorded a verdict of accidental death on student Matthew Jordan.

The 20-year-old died after falling into a beck leading into Windermere last year.

He was trying to walk back to his bed and breakfast accommodation after he'd been out drinking.

He'd been visiting Bowness with friends in March 2014 when he became separated from them.

His body was later found in the lake almost three weeks later. Fiona Marley Patterson has been at the inquest.


PHOTOS: L'aal Ratty

L'aal Ratty Credit: ITV Border

Locals and railway enthusiasts are coming together to celebrate 100 years of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

A cake to mark the 100th anniversary of L'aal Ratty Credit: ITV Border
L'aal Ratty Credit: ITV Border

It is often referred to as L'aal Ratty and this year marks 100 years of it becoming a narrow gauge railway.

L'aal Ratty Credit: ITV Border

ITV Border's Kate Walby went along with Cameraman Steve to see what was going on.

Tune into Lookaround at 6pm tonight to see the full report.

Kateand Steve at the 100th anniversary celebrations Credit: ITV Border

Inquest into Windermere death continues

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV Border

The inquest into the death of Teeside University student Matthew Jordan in Windermere continues.

The criminology student had been visiting Bowness-on-Windermere with three friends when he became separated from them on a night out.

It sparked Cumbria's largest search for many years, with hundreds of local people helping police search the surrounding area but ultimately police honed their search on the bed of the lake, where his body was found.

The inquest into his death has been adjourned after the family's lawyer argued there were too many unanswered questions relating to how Matthew ended up in the lake. They will be hoping for some of those answers today.

Matthew Jordan inquest resumes

Matthew Jordan Credit: ITV Border

An inquest into the death of student Matthew Jordan whose body was found in Lake Windermere 20 days after he went missing on a night out with friends is due to resume in Kendal today.

The inquest began in October but was halted when the family's barrister said there were too many gaps regarding his last known whereabouts.

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