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Six teenagers rescued from camping trip in Ullswater

A group of teenagers have got into difficulty whilst camping near Glencoyne in Ullswater.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out to the group at 1am this morning after they had been caught out by the very strong winds and heavy rain. The group had descended on steep ground to try and find shelter.

During the evening each of their tents were blown down and the group ended up sheltering in one of the damaged tents. One of the group was reported to be suffering from hypothermia and all of them were cold and wet.

Due to the severe weather, the number of young people in the group, and possible multiple casualties Patterdale Mountain rescue team called for assistance from Penrith and Kirby Stephen Mountain rescue teams which helped to help evacuate the group safely off the fell.

The young people were then transported back to the Patterdale rescue centre where they were given hot drinks, food and dry clothes.

"The bad weather today was forecast yet we still undertook two rescues during the night, each lasting about five hours, and both brought about by the poor weather. During the second incident one of our team members was injured and is currently in hospital with a suspected fractured ankle."

– Mike Blakey, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team Leader

The rescue lasted five hours and involved 10 members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team as well as 6 members from Penrith MRT and 14 members of Kirkby Stephen MRT.


Walker found dead following search

A woman has been found dead after going missing from a party of walkers by the Overbeck river gorge near Wastwater in west Cumbria.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue team say it was called to assist the Police on Friday 24th October. The woman was found in a pool below the main waterfall.

A Royal Navy Seaking helicopter which was training in the area helped remove the woman's body from the area.

Mountain Rescue hero awarded for service

A member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team has been awarded for his years of dedicated service.

Ken McCubbin has been saving people lost in the Galloway Hills for nearly 40 years.

He even helped with the rescue effort at the Lockerbie Air Disaster in 1988.

He was presented with a Distinguished Service Award from the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland at a ceremony in Aviemore.

Helicopter rescue for walkers in Galloway

Two men became lost in the Galloway Hills Credit: PA

Two men descending the highest mountain in the Galloway Hills were rescued by helicopter last night, after becoming disoriented.

The alarm was raised at about 7pm, when they became lost while making their way down the Merrick.

Police Scotland asked the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team to help, and seven members went to the mountain to locate the walkers.

But as they made their way to the area, the men were rescued by a police helicopter, which was able to land and evacuate them despite the failing light.

It is the first time the Police Scotland helicopter has been deployed in a rescue of this type.

Help the mountain rescue team

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:


Mountain Rescue bank holiday advice

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."

– Penny Kirby, Team Leader, Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Advice checklist:

  • 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

Lost walkers urged to keep in touch with emergency services

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.”

– Spokesperson, Cumbria Police

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.

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