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Man dies after falling from Helvellyn

The walkers were on Helvellyn when they fell, on steep, snowy ground Credit: ITV Border

A man has died after falling from Swirral Edge on Helvellyn.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue were called out at around 4pm on Saturday 17th January, following reports that two men had fallen.

The group, from Widness, were walking when one slipped a short distance. The second man slipped and fell 300m as he tried to help his friend. They were discovered on steep, icy ground.

Despite being airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary in the RAF Sea King, the walker died from his injuries during the night.

A third person was assisted off the hill by a passing walker.


Mountain rescue team's safety tips for 2015

Patterdale's Mountain Rescue team has been called out on its first rescue of 2015.

Not long after ITV Border filmed their training session on Sunday 4th January, the team helped a man with a broken ankle on Hallin Fell near Ullswater.

Last year was the team's busiest year in its 50 year history so team leader Mike Blakey is stressing safety advice for 2015:

Patterdale Mountain rescuer recovers from broken leg

Patterdale's Mountain Rescue team has been called out on it's first rescue of 2015.

Last year was the team's busiest year in its 50 year history.

All Cumbria's mountain rescue teams are being called out more each year.

Fiona Marley Paterson joined the Patterdale team's training:


2014 Busy Year for Patterdale Mountain Rescuers

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team had a busy 2014 Credit: Patterdale MRT

2014 has been the busiest year on record for some of Cumbria's Mountain Rescue Teams.

The Kendal and Patterdale crews have both reported being called out more in 2014 than any other year.

Patterdale's year ended with a 6-hour rescue on Helvellyn on New Year's Eve.

A man had become stuck on a ledge after trying to traverse off the mountain to avoid snow as he didn't have crampons or ice axes.

An RAF helicopter flew the team to Red Tarn, where they were able to search on foot from Striding Edge and Swirral Edge.

Mountain biker rescued in Lake District

A mountain biker has been rescued from a Lake District fell after suffering from hypothermia.

The casualty got into difficulty whilst riding on Dollywaggon Pike at approximately 2:45pm on Saturday. Members of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, who were training with an RAF Seaking helicopter at the time, attended the scene.

The biker was airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team called to assist climbers

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to an incident yesterday after a man fell on Helvellyn.

A 49-year-old man and his friend, both from Cheshire, fell 100 meters down a snow gully while climbing Swirral Edge.

One man was uninjured but the other had head, neck and back injuries.

A mountain rescue team from Coniston came across the pair and called emergency services after making an initial evaluation of their injuries.

Married couple fall from Helvellyn's Swirral Edge

A married couple are recovering in hospital after falling 130 metres from Swirral Edge, Helvellyn in to Brown Cove.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to the couples aid after another walker watched the man fall and then the woman shortly afterwards.

"Police received a second 999 call from the woman who had fallen; she had been trying to reach her husband who was the first casualty.

At the time of the incident a number Team members had just finished training and made their way by Landrover to Kepple Cove and then on foot to the scene of the incident. A RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland was dispatched and the Great North Air Ambulance was requested."

– Spokesman, Patterdale MRT

Both casualties were taken by the RAF Sea King helicopter to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

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