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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


Deadline for objections to five mile fence

There are plans to build a five mile fence like this one Credit: ITV Border

Today is the deadline for objections to plans to build a five mile fence across part of the Lake District fells.

United Utilities says it needs the fence, near Thirlmere, to stop sheep from damaging the land and polluting water supplies.

Opponents say it would harm the landscape and that there isn't enough evidence to justify the plans.

Great North Air Ambulance called to Old Man of Coniston

The Great North Air Ambulance Service at the scene yesterday. Credit: GNAAS

At around 12.30pm yesterday, the Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the aid of walker who had fallen on the Old Man of Coniston in the Lake District.

The 64-year-old man, from Ulverston, sustained a dislocated shoulder, facial injuries and was suffering from hypothermia.

He was treated by Coniston Mountain Rescue Team and the GNAAS doctor and paramedic crew, before being flown to Furness General Hospital. He arrived in a stable condition.


Weather: Pure blue skies... above the cloud

Credit: Lesley Johnson

If you want some sun you are going to have to climb!

After days of cloud and murk there is one place basking in the sunshine - the tops of our mountains.

A temperature inversion (when cold air close to the ground is trapped by warmer air above) has prevented the cloud from rising.

And that has led to these stunning scenes.

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A guided tour of the Lake District's Stickle Tarn as it goes up for sale

The Lake District National Park Authority has put seven sites up for sale, including the iconic Stickle Tarn.

The Tarn's well known to fell walkers, set within the Langdale Pikes, 1,500 feet above sea level - and three miles west of Grasmere.

It has a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000 and is already attracting interest.

But not everyone is pleased it is up for sale.

Our correspondent Hannah McNulty made the hour long hike up it to find out who may want to buy it.

The swimmers in the piece are professionals and were being supervised and were only in the water for a short amount of time.

A buyer for Stickle Tarn?

A group of open water swimmers are hoping to buy Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

A group of open water swimmers in Ambleside are hoping to form a consortium in order to buy Stickle Tarn.

It is on the market with a guide price of between £20,000 and £30,000.

Pete Kelly who runs Head to the Hills, an open water swimming school, is asking people to get in touch with serious bids.

Public access won't be affected

Stickle Tarn is one of eight properties going on sale Credit: ITV Border

Stickle Tarn has gone on sale alongside seven other properties in the Lake District National Park.

But Park Authorities have said that the sales won't affect existing public access.

They say that the money earned from the sales will be put into other National Park properties.

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