The Army has confirmed it is investigating an incident in which a member of the free-fall display team Red Devils had to rescue a colleague after his parachute failed to open.
An Army spokesman said: "We can confirm that there was an incident during the Whitehaven Air Show, when a member of the Red Devils display team's parachute failed to open correctly.
"A team mate assisted in his safe landing, both men were unharmed, and we are now investigating to find out the cause of the incident."
"It has to be pointed out that the skill and cool thinking of both team members to then manage to steer to safety was incredible. It's a testament to the training and the skill of the British Forces and we are just happy that last night's drama had a happy ending. Within ten minutes of landing the lads were tucking into pie and peas and a pint and there was an audible sigh of relief in the crowd when we were able to announce they were both safe.
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.
Thousands of swimmers have been taking to Windermere as part of the annual Great North Swim. Now in its eighth year, the event has ten thousand competitors. Some are raising money for charity, others, simply, for the challenge. See Samantha Parker's full report here:
The climb is underway, and nearly £40,000 has already been raised.Read the full story ›
Mountaineers Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott are leading hundreds of people in an expedition to climb the height of Everest at an ice wall in Keswick today.
The event is raising money for victims of the Nepal earthquakes.
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.
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.
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.
A Cumbrian folk singer has brought a Gambian kora player to the UK where they will perform together to raise funds for his wife's hospital treatment.
Yankuba Conteh lost his daughter in a gas explosion earlier this year, and his wife was left badly burned.
Fiona Marley Paterson reports.