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Rescue simulation in Lakes

Cyclist "rescued" in training exercise Credit: ITV News Border

Rescuers in the Lake District have been learning how to deal with a serious mountain biking accident.

A major exercise has been taking place near Ambleside, involving British Cycling, mountain rescue teams and an RAF search and rescue helicopter.

Rescuers come to help after biking accident Credit: ITV News Border
Rescuers have cycling "accident" sprung on them Credit: ITV News Border

Man rescued from River Nith

A 61 year old man's being treated in hospital after being rescued from the River Nith in Dumfries.The man was spotted at around 5:30pm yesterday near to the Whitesands. Dumfries fire and rescue officers managed to pull him from the river.

He was treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Police aren't treating it as suspicious but would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident.


Two walkers rescued from Lake District ravine

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team members making their way down the ravine Credit: WMRT

Two men had to be rescued from a Lake District ravine after getting into difficulties on the Wasdale Screes.

The North West Air Ambulance were called out to the walkers in Great Gully, and 19 members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were sent to help with the rescue on Tuesday afternoon.

Members from the North West Air Ambulance located the walkers Credit: WMRT

The Air Ambulance team spotted the casualties on the crags, and the mountain rescue were then able to make their way down the steep ravine using a fixed rope system.

One of the men was found to have an injured wrist, and he was winched up the crag.

The other man was uninjured and was roped to safety.

Mountain rescue team members using the fixed rope system Credit: WMRT

Two "lost" women rescued from Scafell Pike

The rescue teams making their way to Scafell Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Two women have been rescued from Scafell Pike in Cumbria after they became separated from their walking group.

A married couple were walking up the mountain with their sister and two sons when the group split into two at around 5pm last night (15th July).

The husband and two sons headed for the summit via Mickledore whilst the wife and sister, decided to take the easier route to the summit via Lingmell Col.

The ladies then failed to appear at the summit and a call was made from the husband to the emergency services at 10.30pm.

The missing pair were then contacted via a team leader at Wasdale Mountain Rescue and it was found that they were fit and well.

The decision was then made to wait until morning before calling out the recue team as the ladies could not give sufficient information for the rescuers to locate them.

The two ladies were then found on the southern slopes of Slight Side at 8.45am this morning (16th July).

The couple had reached the summit but then made a navigational error and walked down into Eskdale, before stopping when they reached steep ground.

Both ladies were uninjured.

Rescuers make their way up hill Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team would like to remind people to take sufficient clothing, equipment and food for emergency situations and also advise people to keep together, especially in groups with limited navigation skills.


Moo-ving experience for rescued cow

Fire and Rescue workers assessing the cow Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Specialist equipment has been used to rescue a cow that fell 100 feet down an embankment and into a river near Sedbergh in Cumbria.

Firefighters well called to the river Rawthey after a local farmer found the 12-month-old cow in the water.

The cow being hoisted to safety Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Members of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service used ropes to get down to the cow and a specialist swift water rescue team moved it to a place where it could be hoisted to safety.

Local builder George Baines provided a crane which was then used to lift the cow from the riverside up to a bridge.

The crane lifts the cow to safety Credit: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

The animal escaped serious injury and is expected to make a full recovery.

Seal pup 'is doing well' say wildlife experts

Experts at the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), National Wildlife Rescue Centre say that a seal pup rescued after being washed up near Stranraer is responding well.

SSPCA Wildlife assistant Kaniz Hayat is one of those looking after seven week old Smartie.

She confirmed that the Grey seal pup was infected with worms which might be one reason it ended up being found by workers at the Cairnryan port.

The animal is beginning to regain weight and is likely to reach its release weight of between 30 to 35 kilos in one months time.

"Smartie is doing very well and we are pleased with her progress.

"It's probably due to her illness that she didn't want to go back into the water and why she appeared to be friendly when approached."

– Kaniz Hayat, Wildlife assistant, SSPCA

The animal centre also confirmed that Smartie is a female.

She is likely to be put back into the wild at Aberdour in Fife where the SSPCA have made a number of sucessful releases.

However, they have not ruled out putting her back into the sea near where she was found.

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