If you're heading onto the hills this bank holiday weekend, "make sure you're prepared". That's the plea from mountain rescue teams ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue team in the Lake District had five calls last weekend, including a family who phoned for help and then failed to notify emergency services once they'd made it to safety.
The team says this wasted time but could have put other people at risk. Katie Hunter reports:
It's a plea mountain rescue teams make time and time again - if you're heading onto the hills this bank holiday weekend then make sure you're prepared.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue team in the Lake District had five calls last weekend including one family who called for help and then failed to notify emergency services once they'd made it to safety.
Penny Kirby explains what type of strain it put on the organisation if they are called out when someone has found their way but not informed them:
"It means that were are searching unnecessarily and extends the search by hours. It means that if we have a genuine call for help later on, we might not be in a position to help, and would have to call on other teams which puts a delay into the system."
- Check the forecast - be mindful that it is about ten degrees cooler on the tops than in the valley with stronger winds and heavier rain
- Wear the right clothing and take extra
- Take and use a map and a compass
- Be aware of what time it gets dark
Police and Cumbria Mountain Rescue Teams are asking people to be considerate and make sure those who call for help, let the services know if they get to safety themselves.
At about 3pm on Sunday, 17 August, police were contacted by a member of the public who said he was stuck on Scafell Pike with his wife and son. The conditions were deteriorating and they requested assistance.
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team responded and began searching for the family.
Throughout the search contact was attempted with the family on their mobile but there was no response.
Eventually at 9:37pm that night, the mobile phone was answered and the family explained that they had managed to get down themselves and didn’t realise they needed to notify the police or mountain rescue.
“It is vital if people have contacted any emergency service that they notify us if they are able to get to a safe place by themselves. Until we know those people are safe, then search teams will continuing looking until they are found.
“By not informing us, there is a drain on resources and potentially could hinder someone who does need urgent help. All we request is for people to be considerate.”
A 21-year-old woman from the Netherlands has been rescued from the fells about Haweswater.
Mountain Rescue Teams were alerted by the Police at 6pm on Tuesday, 8 July that the woman was lost on the hills.
She raised the alarm by phoning her parents in Holland, who then phoned Cumbria Police.
Teams from Patterdale, Penrith and Kendal were accompanied in the search by the Lake District Search Dogs and a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer.
The woman was found after a three hour search, having pitched her tent in the area known as Fordingdale Bottom.
A 23-year-old man is recovering from a broken ankle after falling 200 feet down a cliff face.
The man was scrambling on Grassmoor Front with friends when he fell around Sunday lunchtime.
Two doctors from the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue team treated him on the cliff side and a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer winched him to safety, before taking him to hospital in Carlisle.
Watch footage from the rescue below.
A petition calling for mountain rescue teams to be exempt from VAT has been sent from Cumbria to the European Commission.
An EU Directive states that VAT shouldn't apply to medical or paramedical teams. Mountain rescue teams think they should also qualify.
The UK Treasury doesn't agree. Now the teams and their supporters hope the petition will force a rethink.
Amy Dunsmuir reports:
Members of the Kendal Mountain Rescue Team have praised campaigners who have helped with their VAT battle.
Mountain Rescue Teams are currently the only UK emergency service which still have to pay tax - something they say is unfair.
A 6,000 signature petition has been handed into the European Commission asking for that to change.
Terry Simpkin is Treasurer of Kendal Mountain Rescue Team:
A petition which hopes to get mountain rescue teams exempt from paying VAT is being handed in today.
Six thousand people have signed the petition which will be given to the European Commission.
It's the only emergency service in the UK that still has to pay the tax.
Kirkby Stephen has a new leader for its mountain rescue team.
Adrian Cottrell had been the team's deputy leader for the last six years and now takes overall charge after being elected unopposed and is 'looking forward to the challenge'.
Following repeated flooding in parts of the region, a mountain rescue team has had its vehicles adjusted to be able to drive through deep water. The Galloway team has been involved in helping people during a number of floods in South West Scotland.