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Twenty-two mountain rescuers help injured woman

The incident at Black Crag. Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team
The incident at Black Crag. Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

A 64-year-old woman was rescued by members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue team, after slipping on wet ground at Black Crag near Loweswater.

She sustained an ankle injury, and was treated at the scene before being airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary on Sunday 26 March.

Twenty-two members of the mountain rescue team were called out to help, and the rescue effort lasted three hours.

10 walkers rescued from Cheviot Hills

Mountain Rescue Team members Credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Ten walkers were rescued from the Cheviot Hills after suffering symptoms of hypothermia.

Four mountain rescue teams including Tweed Valley and the Border Search and Rescue Unit and a Coast Guard helicopter were deployed to search for the casualties last night.

All the walkers were found and taken off the hills by midnight.

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New vehicle for Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue

The new response vehicle Credit: ITV BORDER

Members of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team have been getting to grips with their new vehicle.

It's taken two years to raise the £67,000 needed for the response van, which is filled with the latest high-tech gadgets to assist the team on call-outs.

Full of the latest technology Credit: ITV BORDER

The 40 team members are being trained on how to use all of the technology. It surpasses the capabilities of the old response vehicle which had far less communication functions.

Getting to grips with the new wheels Credit: ITV BORDER

The vehicle has been funded by the local community and also a number of larger donors.

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Naked calendar to raise money for mountain rescuers

The team reveal all in a naked calendar. Credit: Penrith Mountain Rescue Team

Mountain rescue teams usually advise people to dress appropriately and according to the conditions... but one Cumbrian group has chosen to bare all to raise funds.

The Penrith team covers the largest area of all of the Lake District mountain rescue teams, and has already been involved in 46 rescues this year.

The service is provided by unpaid volunteers, but they need money to pay for equipment, including the vehicles they use.

Team members have created a naked calendar in a bid to generate funds, and interest in their work.

The calendars are being sold in GO Outdoors and Booths in Penrith, and Eden Rock in Carlisle.

Mountain rescue teams issue safety warning

Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

As summer draws to a close mountain rescue teams in the Lake District are warning people to be aware of the added dangers of walking in the hills in the autumn and winter.

Each year people are caught out as the amount of daylight reduces and the weather worsens:

We always try and get the message out - remember your torch, remember it gets dark an hour earlier, so that will happen again, but also you know with Freshers' Week we'll have a lot of students coming up, enjoying the outdoors which is great.

– Richard Warren, Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association
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