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Man seriously injured after 500-foot Helvellyn fall

The man is in critical condition. Credit: ITV Border

A man has been seriously injured after falling five hundred feet from Helvellyn.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called on Saturday afternoon, after the man in his thirties fell from Swirral Edge into Brown Cove.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were also called out, as well as the coastguard helicopter. They say the man fell while descending Helvellyn.

He was treated for severe injuries to his head, neck, spine and chest and flown to hospital in Newcastle.

He is described as being in critical condition.

Helvellyn death

A father has died in a fall from a popular Lake District mountain route. The 59 year old was walking with his son on Helvellyn when the accident happened. Mountain rescuers say a number of walkers risked their own safety to help the man. Kate Walby reports.


Father dies after falling from Helvellyn

A man has died after falling from Striding Edge in the Lake District, while walking with his son, on Saturday, June 20.

File photograph: Walkers make their way along Striding Edge. Credit: PA

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out along with an RAF SeaKing helicopter.

The walker had severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On behalf of the rescue services involved in the incident, we would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the man who tragically lost his life. Helvellyn is a very special place and the ridges make for a great mountain day. The man and his son were well equipped. Those people who were walking on the ridge at the time, and who risked their own safety to assist the man, should be commended. They did everything they could to help.'

– Mike Blakey, Patterdale Team Leader

Man, 75, dies after 100 metre fall from Helvellyn

A 75-year-old man has died after falling approximately 100 metres from Striding Edge, Helvellyn, on Monday afternoon.

Mike Blakey, the Team Leader from Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, said: "the thoughts of all the Team members are with the man's family, friends and walking companions at this difficult time."

It was a stunning day on the mountain and great conditions to be out enjoying the views. The man was properly equipped and experienced.

Sadly this is the fourth incident on Helvellyn in which climbers and walkers have lost their lives this year."

– Mike Blakey
Generic image: Walkers make their way along Striding Edge. Credit: PA Wire

The North West Air Ambulance, RAF Sea King helicopter and Penrith MRT assisted Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team with the incident.

Patterdale MRT issues reminder over wintry conditions

Credit: Patterdale Mountain Rescue

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team has issued a reminder to the public that conditions on the fells can still be wintry despite it now being April.

It follows an incident last night where a 69-year-old man got stuck while ascending Helvellyn at the end of Striding Edge.

While he was eventually able to free himself , Patterdale MRT have since stressed that sheet ice, sleet, snow, and very strong winds can still cause tough conditions for those walking on the fells.

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
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