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Mountain rescue teams training day in Lakes

Nine mountain rescue teams from Cumbria are taking part in a joint training day in the Lake District.

The day will consist of team members being trained to use the new Sikorsky helicopter, which is more modern and larger than the Sea King.

Two groups of 30 mountain rescuers will each be put through morning and afternoon training sessions.

The teams taking part are:

  • Cockermouth MRT
  • Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit (COMRU)
  • Coniston MRT
  • Duddon and Furness MRT
  • Langdale and Ambleside MRT
  • Kendal MRT
  • Keswick MRT
  • Kirby Stephen MRT
  • Wasdale MRT


Fundraiser for new mountain rescue vehicle

The Tweed Valley Control vehicle needs to be replaced Credit: Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team

A fundraising campaign has been launched to replace the control vehicle used by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

The charity, which is made up of on-call volunteers, are asking members of the public to buy a 'virtual pint' online, by donating the cost of a pint to their cause.

They want to buy a new £60,000 state of the art vehicle, equipped with technology such as a satellite data connection, touch screen computers for search planning and the most up to date communications equipment.

The current vehicle is 15 years old.

More information can be found here.

New leader appointed for Galloway Mountain Rescue

Ken Mackenzie has replaced Mike McCann as Team Leader. Credit: Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

A new team leader has been appointed for Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

Ken Mackenzie joined the team in 2002 and had been Deputy Team Leader since 2011. He officially became Team Leader at the team's Annual General Meeting on 29th October.

He will replace Mike McCann who has been the Team Leader for three years.

"It's an honour to take on the leadership role for such a dedicated group of volunteers. I'm sure the next three years will provide a few challenges but I'm looking forward to these opportunities."

– Ken Mackenzie, Team Leader of Galloway Mountain Rescue


Twenty four people saved by Mountain Rescue in one week

A warning has been issued about the dangers of venturing onto the high-fells.

Rescue services in the county have already saved 24 people so far this week.

One call-out involved a family of four and their dog, who, on Wednesday afternoon, called for help after getting stuck on Scafell pike.

24 people Saved by mountain rescue this week Credit: ITV Border News

Full report: mountain rescue

Mountain rescue teams in the Lake District have been called out twice in the past 36 hours to help people caught out by the weather it follows the death of a woman who was hiking near Wastwater on Friday.

They're once again asking walkers to be prepared and check the forecast before venturing onto Cumbria's mountains.

Katie Hunter has this report.

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.

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