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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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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.

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