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Mountaineer dies on Helvellyn climb

A mountaineer has died after being found seriously injured by a rescue search dog on February 18.

The 68 year old, from Penrith, was experienced and well equipped. He'd planned to ascend Helvellyn in the Lakes.

After his wife reported him missing, a major search operation was launched involving 40 people from five rescue teams. The man died in hospital.

‘Given the size of the area we requested support from Kirkby Stephen and Penrith mountain rescue teams, the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs and a Royal Navy helicopter.’

‘During the very early hours of Wednesday morning Patterdale MRT’s search dog and handler located the missing man on the headwall of Helvellyn. Two doctors and further team members were on scene within minutes, as they were involved in the search nearby. The man who was unconscious when he was found was treated on scene whilst other members made their way to assist. Team members on scene also reported seeing avalanche debris nearby, although it is not believed that this led to the man's accident.’

‘The weather conditions were atrocious and as a result, despite several attempts by the Sea King, the helicopter was forced to retreat to the Greenside Mines area where it waited for about two hours until the teams were able to carry the man down the mountain on a stretcher.’

‘During the evacuation, which lasted four and half hours, the man suffered a cardiac arrest. The rescue teams, including three doctors and a paramedic by that time, were able to carry out cardiac pulmonary resuscitation until he reached the major trauma centre in Newcastle. A rescue team medic stayed with the casualty throughout the flight to hospital.’

– Mike Blakey, Patterdale MRT Team Leader

Body found on Hevellyn identified

Police can confirm that the body of a man who fell 300m on Helvellyn has been identified as David Barrow, 63, of Widnes.

He was found in the Brown Cove at Helvellyn on Saturday 17th January 2015 by the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, and later died of his injuries at the Cumberland Infirmary.

There are no suspicious circumstances and the Coroner has been informed.


Man dies after falling from Helvellyn

The walkers were on Helvellyn when they fell, on steep, snowy ground Credit: ITV Border

A man has died after falling from Swirral Edge on Helvellyn.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue were called out at around 4pm on Saturday 17th January, following reports that two men had fallen.

The group, from Widnes, were walking when one slipped a short distance. The second man slipped and fell 300m as he tried to help his friend. They were discovered on steep, icy ground.

Despite being airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary in the RAF Sea King, the walker died from his injuries during the night.

A third person was assisted off the hill by a passing walker.


Climb mountains, get paid

Jon Bennett has been doing the job for eight years. Credit: ITV Border

An advert's gone out for one of the most unusual jobs in Cumbria - but it could save lives.

The Lake District National Park's recruiting a 'Fell Top Assessor'.

Whoever gets the job will brave wind, rain and snow to check conditions on the area's 950-metre peak, Helvellyn, during the winter months.

Jon Bennett, from Ambleside, has been doing the job for eight years, and he's to be joined by a new recruit.

Information relayed by them will be used by Weatherline, a phone and online service that keeps keep visitors and locals informed about the conditions.

Hellvellyn trekking goes under the hammer on eBay

Two men who climb one of the Lake District's highest peaks every day to record the weather conditions have come up with a new way of raising funds for their work.

They have launched an internet auction site, where people can bid to join them for a day - so if you've ever fancied working with the Fell Top Assessors, now's your chance.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

"This is an opportunity for the public to get involved"

A chance to walk up Helvellyn with the Lake District National Park's Fell Top Assessors is being auctioned on the internet site ebay.

Some walks are available to buy, while the chance to write your report on the Weatherline website is also up for grabs to the highest bidder.

Organisers are hoping to raise money to help pay for the website for most of the year.

Bid for the Helvellyn experience on eBay

Helvellyn is one of the Lake District's beauty spots Credit: ITV News

People are being offered the chance to bid to walk up Helvellyn with the Lake District National Park's Fell Top Assessors.

Jason Taylor is a Fell Top Assessor at Helvellyn Credit: ITV News
The fell-top assessors walk the mountain every day to check the conditions Credit: ITV News
Weather conditions are checked and recorded before being put online. Credit: ITV News
The weather conditions may surprise visitors to the area, as snow can still be found. Credit: ITV News
A view across Helvellyn Credit: ITV News
Alpine conditions still exist above the 800 metres point on the mountain Credit: ITV News
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