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Mountain rescue 'wastes hours' searching for family

Mountain rescue volunteers wasted hours searching for a family who called for help, saying they were stuck at the peak of England's highest mountain - but who then climbed down unaided.

A man called Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team to ask for help, saying he, his wife and his son were trapped on Scafell Pike in the Lake District.

The family were hiking at the Lake District when they got into difficulties Credit: PA

With weather conditions getting worse and the family not answering their phone, the rescue team began to comb the mountainside for the trio to bring them back down to safety.

Eventually, the family answered the phone at around 9.40pm - more than six hours after the first call - and told rescuers they had managed to climb down after all, and "didn't realise" they should notify the emergency services.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria Police urged walkers to only call for help if it is needed - and cancel it if it becomes no longer necessary.

By not informing us there is a drain on resources and potentially could hinder someone who does need urgent help. All we request is for people to be considerate.

– Cumbria Police spokeswoman

Morecambe Bay NHS Health Trust in special measures

Furness General Hospital, part of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. Credit: PA Wire

A beleaguered health trust previously at the centre of a row over a high number of "serious untoward incidents" has been put into special measures.

The action has been taken against the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ruled the quality of care provided was "inadequate".

The trust runs Furness General Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe.

As part of the special measures, NHS regulator Monitor will appoint an improvement director whose role will be to provide support and expertise but also to hold the trust to account.


Tributes to 'best dad' killed at Army training centre

Sergeant Mark Foley of The Light Dragoons was killed in a military vehicle during training. Credit: Ministry of Defence/PA Wire

The wife of a soldier killed at an Army training base has paid tribute to him as her "soul mate" and "best friend".

Father-of-two Sergeant Mark Foley, 31, who served in Afghanistan, was killed in Warcop, Cumbria, while travelling in a military vehicle yesterday.

An investigation into the accident, which injured two other soldiers, is under way.

Paying tribute to her husband, who served with Norfolk-based The Light Dragoons, Kelly Foley said he was "the best dad ever" to daughters Emily and Hannah.

His commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel James Senior, said: "Sergeant Foley was an exceptionally talented, battle-hardened soldier who embodied everything that is good about our profession.

Teenager 'stable' after vehicle overturns at Army base

A teenager received chest and back injuries after a vehicle "overturned" at an Army training base in Cumbria earlier today, an incident that killed one other.

Great North Air Ambulance tweeted that the teenager, who was in a stable condition, was flown to Middlesbrough for treatment.

Second casualty 'in hospital after vehicle rolled over'

The incident took place at Warcop Army Training Centre near Appleby. Credit: Google Maps

On person was reportedly been airlifted to hospital after an incident at a Cumbria army training centre that saw a soldier killed.

According to the North West Evening Mail, air ambulance services took the soldier to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough after a first casualty was declared dead at the scene.

The newspaper reports that a third casualty remained at the base after the incident.

Soldier dead after incident at Cumbrian training centre

One soldier has died and another has been injured after an incident at an Army training centre in Cumbria, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The incident took place at the Army's Warcop Training Centre near Appleby, and is thought to have involved a vehicle rolling over, according to the BBC.

The MoD said the family of the dead soldier has been informed.

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