RAF Sea King helicopters are being replaced by new coastguard aircraft after 35 years of service.
Richard Warren, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team said:
The month of August has also been a historic month for one of our mountain rescue teams on the west coast. Wasdale MRT was called out to a rescue on Scafell Pike on the 17th August where a lady had broken her ankle. Due to a hazardous stretcher carry back down the mountain, the team leader called in helicopter support and was extremely surprised and pleased when he was advised that a Sikorsky S92 from Humberside was being scrambled to their location. This much larger and heavier, more powerful and greater capacity helicopter has a very distinctive engine sound that Cumbrians will soon become used to and teams will become experienced in the fierce downwash which blows you off your feet if you are not secure. This rescue was the very first occasion where the new Bristow helicopter had flown into Cumbria on an operational mission, a truly historic event for the teams.
RAF Sea King helicopters will train with Cumbria's mountain rescue teams for the final time today.
The Sea King's are being decommissioned after 35 years of service and will be replaced by new coastguard helicopters.
The yellow aircraft, which have been a welcome sight for the 12 mountain rescue teams, will be replaced by new red and white liveried coastguard helicopters under a 10-year multi-million pound contract.
Lake District mountain rescue teams handled 474 incidents during 2014, of which there were 11 fatalities. The majority of rescues are managed without helicopter support. The teams are all charities and volunteers are unpaid. It costs around £500,000 a year to run the 12 teams which is funded through voluntary donations.
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New figures show that Lake District Mountain Rescue team call-outs are on the rise.
In 2014 teams were called out on 474 occasions, compared to 433 in 2013- an increase of just over 9%.
Our reporter Greg Hoare has been to meet the Chairman of the region's Mountain Rescue Teams, to find out why the numbers are on the up:
The number of incidents Mountain Rescue Teams in Cumbria were called to went up last year.
The chairman of the teams says that the rise could have been caused by the weather.
Two walkers are recovering after being rescued from mountains in the Lake District last night.
The pair had set off from the Patterdale Youth Hostel to Howtown yesterday but failed to return by nightfall.
The Patterdale Mountain rescue team found them and brought them safely off the fells.
Members of a mountain rescue team say valuable training with a Seaking helicopter helped to save a woman's life after finding her unconscious in the snow.
She was discovered on Wednesday night at by the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.
The rescuers have been practising with a helicopter during a training exercise near Peebles.
Matthew Taylor reports.
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Matthew Taylor meets three-year-old rescue dog Rauour, whose nose is responsible for finding an unconscious missing woman last night.
Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team found a missing woman last night with the help of a new rescue dog.
Three-year-old Rauour and handler John, a member of Tweed Valley MRT, found the unconscious woman at 8pm after a three hour search in the Innerleithen area.
Because of the woman’s dark clothing and distance into the woodland, the Mountain Rescue Team claim it was Rauour’s sensitive nose that located the woman.
Despite the difficult conditions, a Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter from HMS Gannet was also scrambled and used its infrared camera to assist in the search.
The helicopter then airlifted the woman to hospital.
Tweed Valley MRT believe Rauour helped to save the woman's life.
“The conditions were pretty bad with strong winds and driving snow – it’s a safe to say that the combined efforts of John & Rauour, Tweed Valley MRT, Police and the Royal Navy saved the woman’s life.”