West Yorkshire man dies in Scafell fall

A man from Darrington, near Pontefract, has died after falling from Scafell Pike

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Warning to walkers in icy weather

Police and mountain rescue teams in Cumbria are warning walkers and climbers that they must be properly prepared before they attempt to turn out in icy weather. It follows the death of James Blackburn from Darrington in West Yorkshire, who fell to his death on Scafell Pike.

West Yorkshire walker dies on Scafell

A man who fell 600ft to his death on Scafell Pike in the Lake District has been named as James Kirk Blackburn from Darrington, near Pontefract. He died on Monday December 10th, after slipping on ice while climbing Lord Rake's Traverse.

Mr Blackburn's walking partner, a 64-year-old man from Nottinghamshire, had to be rescued from the mountain after suffering from shock and the effects of the cold.

He was airlifted to West Cumberland Hospital for treatment, but later discharged. Cumbria police say say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

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