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Busy Halloween for Lake District Mountain Rescue teams

The Lake District's Mountain Rescue Teams have had a busy weekend with the Kendal, Coniston, Furness and Wasdale teams being called to assist Langdale and Ambleside.

The LAMRT was called out four times on Saturday in wet, windy weather.

Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue

First a man suffered a heart attack while climbing The Band in Langdale. The man was treated and carried to an air ambulance waiting below the cloud base before being flown to Carlisle for treatment.

Next a young lady suffered serious leg injuries in a 40ft fall while climbing on Gimmer Crag, sustaining serious multiple injuries. Two others sustained minor injuries.

The seriously injured woman was stabilised and lowered further down the crag, from where she was picked up by the Rescue 912 helicopter.

"Weather conditions were very poor, and the chances of getting a vital helicopter evacuation looked unlikely. It was a stunning and brave bit of flying in very poor conditions. If anyone had any doubts that the replacement for their much-loved Sea King would fail to deliver, then today proved them groundless."

– Langdale and Ambleside MRT

The woman was flown to Preston and is reported to be in a stable condition.

Conditions were worsening so much that one of the rescuers needed rescuing themselves, falling on the Climber's Traverse on Bowfell and suffering facial injuries.

Coniston Mountain Rescue Team were called in because the Ambleside and Langdale team were already committed to the previous, serious incident, along with members of Kendal MRT, and a Duddon MRT member who was at the Langdale base when the call outs were received. The Coniston team took the man to the valley floor.

The day ended with a fourth call out to help a group that the team said were unprepared and had become stuck when it got dark.

"An ill-prepared group of five became benighted when it went dark while they were on Crinkle Crags. Despite their impatience, they were eventually located by team members from RAF MRTs and escorted to safety. An unnecessary rescue at the end of a long, hard day."

– Langdale and Ambleside MRT

The team has issued a safety tip reminding people who use the fells not to expect to be rescued by helicopter.

There are two types of air assistance the teams can call for:

  • Military aircraft. Although capable of being flown in the dark and in very poor weather, they have many priorities and will generally only be sanctioned in life threatening circumstances. They can be grounded at their home bases by poor weather or turned back en-route for the same reason. They are stationed approximately 1 hour flying time away.
  • Air Ambulances. Based much closer, their operation is much more limited. Poor weather can ground them and they have no night flying capability. The injured person has to be loaded with the aircraft on the ground and the engine shut down. This means they need enough flat ground to land on, which is not always easy to find.

"Although MRTs enjoy an excellent relationship with both military SAR helicopters and civilian air ambulances, the majority of rescues are still carried out on foot, with no helicopter support. If you're not injured then you are unlikely to be rescued by helicopter, and may be depriving someone in genuine need of a sparse resource."

– Langdale and Ambleside MRT

Happy Halloween for Lancashire's Pendle Hill which wins a share of £31 million to protect 'dramatic' landscape

Pendle Hill Credit: Heritage Lottery Fund/Alastair Lee

A landscape that was home to an infamous group of 17th century witches is among 13 places receiving a share of a £31 million funding boost this Halloween.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing £2 million to a project to restore wildlife and the landscape of Pendle Hill in Lancashire, a place bound up with the story of the Pendle witches who were convicted and hanged for witchcraft in 1612.

The money is part of a package of funding for conserving and restoring dramatic landscapes.

Funding will help support urgent conservation work, connect local communities to their surroundings and create 50 jobs and 6,000 paid training places, the Heritage Lottery Fund said.

Other places to benefit include the Orkney Islands and Cornwall's Penwith - in the south western tip of England - in total 3,000 square kilometres (1,160 square miles) of countryside.


Thousands expected at Southport Flower Show

Organisers hope the show will attract around 50,000 visitors Credit: ITV Granada

Tens of thousands of people are expected in Southport for the town's annual flower show. The event was first held in 1924 and its the biggest independent flower show in the country.

Credit: ITV Granada

Melissa Woods, who's 94 and from Southport, remembers going to the very first show when she was a child.

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Warning for boat owners on Windermere

Windermere Credit: ITV Border

Boat owners on Windermere are being warned to carry out safety checks on their vessels and make sure they're in full working order ahead of the boating season.

The warning from lake wardens follows the 2013 Windermere tragedy when a mother and daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning because of a faulty generator on a private boat.

SLDC Lake Warden Martin Dodgson explained the most common problem the wardens are called out to are over-heated engines after winterisation.

He says it is essential to have all engines checked and serviced.

"A boat's fuel, gas and electrical systems should be checked and maintained on a regular basis. It is important to make sure there is fresh fuel in the engine after it has been unused for a prolonged period of time.

"Alarms and sensors should always be re-installed and tested after winterisation; all boats should have fire alarms and carbon monoxide sensors."

– SLDC Lake Warden Martin Dodgson

SLDC's Lake Wardens have this boat check list:

  • Check the water tank
  • Test carbon monoxide sensor
  • Check the skin fitting
  • Check gas and electrical systems -check them regularly and make sure there are no leaks
  • Check the engine and have it serviced
  • Check life jackets and make sure theyare in date - check them annually
  • Test smoke alarms - fire can spreadquickly on a boat, even on water


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Deadline day for Lake District beauty spot bids

Swimming in Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

The deadline to bid for seven of the Lake District's best known beauty spots is up today.

National park bosses are selling off the Stickle Tarn with a guide price of twenty to thirty thousand pounds.

Stickle Tarn has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. Credit: ITV Border

The other areas up for sale are:

  • Yewbarrow Woods
  • Blue Hill and Red Bank Wood
  • Blea Brows
  • Ladywood
  • Baneriggs Wood
  • Land near River Derwent
  • Waterside Knott

An artistic celebration in Lancashire

Pendle and its twin town of Creil, a town north of Paris, are wishing each other a happy 40th birthday by exchanging two unique sculptures.

Acclaimed French artist, Joel Couloigner, is bringing the new sculpture over by lorry from Creil next week.

It will be unveiled and the name of the sculpture revealed on Saturday 6th September at the Pendle Sculpture Trail in Aitken Wood near Barley.

Meanwhile, Pendle international sculptor, Philippe Handford, will return the compliment by loading a specially created sculpture onto the lorry for the return trip for installation in Creil.

Sculptor Philippe Handford survey's his work in Pendle Credit: Pendle Council

Mountain challenge for footballers wife

Charity events are a vital way to raise money for cancer research... and all sorts of people get involved. The wife of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is the latest to do so. Carla Kompany was among a team who climbed Scotland's highest peak Ben Nevis. She and Rebecca Bishop from Macmillan Cancer Support talked about their adventure on Granada Reports.

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