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Five call outs on Helvellyn over Bank Holiday Weekend

One incident involved a man who died after falling over 200m Photo: Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team received five call outs on Helvellyn over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

One incident involved a 54-year-old man who died after falling over 200m from Striding Edge, on the morning of Sunday 27 August 2017.

Several experienced Mountaineers who were already in the area abseiled from Striding Edge to the man's location and began first aid.

Bad weather conditions meant that both the Air Ambulance and larger Coastguard Helicopter were unable to fly to the casualty's location.

All four of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team's Landrovers responded along with Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

Both teams provided immediate medical care, but sadly the man died at the scene:

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the man who tragically lost his life. This particularly sad rescue has touched the hearts of all concerned. The family was very well equipped and this was simply a tragic accident."

– Mike Blakey, Team Leader, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

The Team was also called out just before 3pm, on Monday 28 August, when a man and his dog fell a similar distance from Striding Edge.

The man was seriously injured and was treated by Team members and the Great North Air Ambulance Doctor and Paramedic.

Because of the poor weather the team had to carry the man below cloud so that the Coastguard Rescue helicopter could reach them.

Tha man's dog was also treated at the scene and is currently at a local vets.

He suffered a serious leg fracture which is being operated on today, Tuesday 29 August.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team say they hope the man and his dog will make a quick recovery:

We are all hoping for a positive outcome for both the man and dog as every emergency service member involved gave their all to give the best friends the best possible chance of survival.

The group were well equipped and experienced.

I would also like to formally thank the two men from Bradford who did everything they could to assist the party and the rescue team."

– Mike Blakey, Team Leader, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team

While the Team were dealing with the incident on Sunday two mountain bikers were also treated for injuries.

One for a deep cut to his leg and the second for a hip injury having both cycled over rocks coming down from Helvellyn.

Later that evening the Team were called out to search for a father and daughter reported as missing on Helvellyn.

They turned up safe and well as the Team was responding.