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Climber rescued after getting lost on Haweswater fells

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.

Man rescued after 200 feet fall down cliff face

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.


Mountain rescue petition sent to EU Commission

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:

Mountain rescue thank supporters for joining VAT battle

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:


Cars abandoned on snow-covered Kirkstone pass

Cars abandoned overnight on a snow-covered pass in the Lake District.
Cars abandoned overnight on a snow-covered pass in the Lake District. Credit: ITV Border

Several cars and an ambulance were trapped at Kirkstone pass in The Lake District after snow fell.

The ambulance was recovered this morning but a number of cars are still waiting recovery.

Police are advising motorists not to attempt to drive though the pass at the moment.

The Kirkstone pass remains closed.
The Kirkstone pass remains closed. Credit: ITV Border
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