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Astonishing escape for Red Devils after parachute fails to open mid-air

The Red Devils realise one parachute has failed to open Credit: Jonathan Reid
His teammate grasps the parachute to help guide him to the ground Credit: Jonathan Reid
The pair land safely in Queen's Dock Credit: Jonathan Reid

A Red Devil parachutist has caught his teammate mid-air when one of their parachutes failed to open fully during a display at the Whitehaven Air Show tonight.

The pair were watched by thousands of visitors at the moment they realised the parachute had not operated properly.

One of the men grabbed his teammate's parachute ropes and helped guide him safely into Queen's Dock. They both escaped unharmed.

The Red Devils say it is the first time in 25 years that a parachute has failed to open properly.

A spokesperson for the Whitehaven Air Show thanked the marina staff for getting the men safely out of the water.


Film-maker raising money for Nepal earthquake victims

Rescue workers clear debris from a collapsed house in the ancient city of Bhaktapur Credit: Reuters

A former University of Cumbria student who won top prize at the Katmandu International Mountain Film Festival for her documentary about a Nepalese boy living in the UK is now selling her film to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

Laxcha Bantawa has so far raised £2,000 and hopes to fund 25 shelters for people made homeless by the earthquakes earlier this year.

Suspicious death in Cockermouth

Parts of Cockermouth are closed as police investigate a death

Police are investigating the death of a man who was found injured in Cockermouth today.

Police were called at 3:03am this morning with a report of a man found injured at the Globe Hotel on Main Street in Cockermouth. The man was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. The death is being treated as suspicious at this time.

Temporary Detective Inspector Ralph Henderson from Cumbria Constabulary said: “We have a team of detectives working hard to find out the identity of the male, and establish what exactly has happened. We have closed a section of Cockermouth while we carry out our enquiries. “I would like to reassure people that we don’t believe there is any danger to the public at this time, and thank local people for their patience while we undertake a thorough investigation. “At this early stage in the investigation I would urge anyone who was in the Globe Hotel last night between 11pm (Saturday night) and 2:30am (early hours of Sunday morning) to make contact with West Cumbria CID by contacting 101.”

The roads currently closed include:

- A section of Station Street (between Main Street and South Street)

- South Street to River Cocker

The areas within these boundaries are also closed. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.


Nepalese community fundraise for earthquake

Nepalese Association Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's Nepalese community have been on the city's streets raising money for the victims of last month's earthquake.

More than 8,000 people died, thousands more are injured or homeless.

All the money raised will go directly to people in the worst-affected areas of the country.

Fundraising in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Keswick Mountain Festival raises £20k for Nepal earthquake relief effort

Credit: Keswick Mountain Festival

Last week's Keswick Mountain Festival raised £20,000 for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

The four-day event took place on the shore of Derwentwater and provided a feast of live music sport, outdoor activities and high profile speakers including Ray Mears, Jonny Brownlee and Leo Houlding.

£1 from the sale of each ticket bought at the festival was earmarked for Community Action Nepal (CAN) and when this money is added to other fundraising efforts and donations made during the festival it amounts to around £20,000.

CAN is a UK based charity set up by mountaineer Doug Scott in 1975 to help the mountain people of Nepal and is supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe.

The video below is all about about fundraising for CAN during the festival.

Ice climb fundraiser to raise money for Nepal

Chris Bonington and Doug Scott.

Mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott are inviting Cumbrians to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.

They're asking them to join a fundraising event on 12 June, where climbers will scale the height of Everest on Cumbria's only indoor ice wall.

The key thing is, you're doing it for such an important cause. Because Community Action Nepal has a large number of health posts and medical centres and schools throughout that area in Nepal.

And just about every single one of them has been destroyed."

– Sir Chris Bonington, Mountaineer & Trustee, Community Action Nepal
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