01 January 2012 13.40 hrs
The team called following reports of a female trapped in water following a canoeing accident near Sedbergh We were stood down just as we were leaving base when were informed that the incident had been dealt with by Cumbria Fire Service and NW Ambulance Service. Heli-Med was also in attendance. As we were closing base down we had a request from the scene to assist in recovery of some canoes. 5 team members were deployed with swift water gear but were not needed on arrival at the scene as the canoes had been retrieved by the owners. We understand that the canoeist was flown to hospitals and was in a serious condition.
05 January 2012 05.00 hrs
Our second early start within 9 days! This time we joined other teams and a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter to assist the Patterdale team with a search for a male who was missing after apparently setting off to walk the “Dodds” to the west of Ullswater. Patterdale had been out in the early hours but they had to retreat due to the extreme weather conditions. There was a lot of water about following prolonged wet weather and it was an extremely windy day searching on the hills (gusts of up to 80mph were recorded in the search area). The search was ended at around 15.30 hrs, unfortunately without success.
15 January 2012 15.50 hrs
We were called to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a 73 year old female casualty on steep ground below Craggy Wood, Staveley. She had slipped on frozen turf and sustained a lower leg injury. We stretchered her down to the waiting ambulance. Great weather in the hills at the moment but it’s very slippery in places.
01 February 2012 12.55 hrs
The Police asked us to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a male who had slipped on steep and muddy ground at Kendal Castle. He had incurred an injury to his knee and we stretcherd him down to the Ambulance.
03 February 2012 14.35 hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team asked for our assistance on Crinkle Crags where a woman had sustained a lower leg injury at the “Bad Step”. We were on our way up the hill when L&A team members managed to get the casualty below the cloud base and the North West Air Ambulance was able to get in to pick her up.
04 February 2012 18.30 hrs
A few team members stood by at base to be on hand to assist police & ambulance during severe weather conditions, Base closed at 21:45hrs.
04 February 2012 22.30 hrs
Our Leader Group was paged by the Police. North West Ambulance had requested assistance to transfer an elderly gentleman to hospital. On arriving at the ambulance station to pick up a paramedic the team were stood down from this incident.
05 February 2012 09.00 hrs
We attended two weather related incidents. The first involved transporting two care workers to a remote address near Gatebeck. Our second job was taking a dialysis patient back home to Dent – he had spent Saturday night stuck in hospital due to the weather.
17 February 2012 14.35 hrs
We were paged by the Police when a family of six reported themselves lost in the Gummer’s How area. It transpired that they had been caught on the summit when rain and thick mist rolled in and they had descended to the north rather than the south. When we located the group they were all well but cold and wet (and the children were hungry!). We gave them warm and dry clothing, fed the children with chocolate and Kendal Mintcake, and led them off the hill back to the car park. Apparently, it was mum’s birthday!
19 February 2012 08.15 hrs
We were asked to assist the Duddon & Furness Team in a continuing search for a male who has now been missing for around three weeks. A nice day walking around the estuary to the west of Cark but, sadly, no find.
08 March 2012 15.55 hrs
We were asked to assist the Langdale & Ambleside team after a person was reported injured on Helm Crag. Unfortunately, the reported location was just a tad out and the casualty was eventually found a long way past the waterfalls on Wythburn fells. There was no helicopter available due to bad weather so a long/steady carry off over difficult and boggy ground ensued. Ten very wet and muddy team members got home at about 23.00 hrs and the worst thing was that the Team Leader missed his beer night!
24 March 2012 16.00 hrs
We were paged by the police and asked to assist a female mountain biker who had injured her hip. Fortunately, her companion had helped her some distance down the fell before going ahead to call for help from the first house he came to in Kentmere. We found them without difficulty at Hallow Bank Quarter where the casualty was treated by team members before being stretchered to one of our Land Rovers. This transported her to Barley Bridge, Staveley where she was transferred to a County Ambulance. The bicycles were also recovered to Kentmere Village.
03 April 2012 19.40 hrs
The police paged us following a report that a walker had fallen on the west side of Whitbarrow Scar, sustaining a possible broken arm. As the team was mobilising we were advised that the walker had managed to get down to a farm house where he was receiving medical attention, so we were stood down.
02 May 2012 14.40 hrs
We were paged by the police and asked to attend a male who had collapsed in some pain while walking on the footpath which crosses Kendal Golf Course above Kettlewell Crag. We put him on oxygen and stretchered him down to a County Ambulance at Queens Road, Kendal.
14 May 2012 15.00 hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team were on a callout at Greenburn when they got a second job and asked us to assist. As we were assembling, we got the message that the air ambulance had dealt with the incident so we were stood down.
19 May 2012 17.40 hrs
We were called to assist the Langdale & Ambleside team with the evacuation of a female with a lower leg injury from close to Greenup Edge, Far Easedale. If you want to get injured the furthest away from anywhere in the Lakes, this is one of the best places to do it! Fortunately, the evenings are long at this time of year and the very long carry-off was completed just before dark.
23 May 2012 16.55 hrs
We were called to a male who was reported as collapsed and unconscious on a track just to the north of Overend in the Kemtmere valley. When we arrived he was being stabilised by NW Ambulance paramedics and our team doctor (who lives in the valley). Two local First Responders were also in attendance. It appeared that the casualty was suffering quite severely from heat stroke and he was taken off to hospital. The weather is great in the hills at the moment but remember to drink plenty of fluids.
24 May 2012 15.50 hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team requested our assistance with the evacuation of an exhausted male from the summit of Fairfield. My word it was hot going up. The casualty was able to walk slowly down with assistance, which was extremely fortunate as he weighed in at 18 stone! Lovely evening in the hills though, apart from the brief thunder storm, and dinner was very welcome even though it was almost 10pm.
30 May 2012 23.15 hrs
We were called to assist the County Ambulance service with the evacuation of a 16 year old female with a leg injury from Serpentine Wood in Kendal. She was carried down to the ambulance on a stretcher.
01 June 2012 11.20 hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team called us to assist when they responded to a report of “cries for help” on Helm Crag. The advance party from L&A found no sign of anyone in need of assistance and we were stood down while on route.
01 June 2012 14.30 hrs
We were called to the summit of Yewbarrow (just to the north of Witherslack) when a male who was with a local school group collapsed with a suspected heart attack. Local First Responders, the North West Ambulance Service and the North West Air Ambulance also attended.
02 June 2012 18.35 hrs
We were called to assist a party of 4 adults and 4 children who became disorientated when dense cloud enveloped them. We went up from Kentmere Reservoir and found them, rather cold and damp, at Thornthwaite Beacon. They were led down into Troutbeck Park where our Land Rovers collected them and delivered them back to their vehicles. Home just before midnight.
15 June 2012 14.00 hrs
We were called to assist the Langdale & Ambleside team to recover the body of a male who had taken a big fall from Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark. Always a sad duty.
17 June 2012 18.00 hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team asked us to assist them with the evacuation of a male with a lower leg injury from the Stickle Ghill path in Great Langdale.
20 June 2012 14.20 hrs
We were asked to assist the Langdale & Ambleside team following reports of another fall from Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark. Very sadly, this turned out to be another fatality.
20 June 2012 18.15 hrs
As we were returning from the previous incident a report came in of a female with a leg injury at Red Tarn. The Langdale & Ambleside team and one of our vehicles attended.
08 July 2012 09.30 hrs
We were paged by the Police and asked to assist in a search for a missing vulnerable male in the Lindale area. Fortunately, he turned up just as the search was commencing.
14 July 2012 10.35 hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team asked us to assist them following reports that a 12 year old male had fallen from Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark. The casualty was found to have head and back injuries which, though serious, were not considered to be life-threatening. He was flown to hospital in Newcastle by an RAF Sea King helicopter. We all wish him a full and speedy recovery.
21 July 2012 17.40 hrs
We were called by the Police following reports that a male in his early 20s had jumped into the River Lune from Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale and that he had failed to resurface. We joined in a search which involved the Police, a Police Helicopter, and the Fire & Rescue Service. Our swift water rescue technicians searched the river for over 2 miles downstream of the bridge. Sadly, a body was recovered by Police Divers shortly before midnight.
28 July 2012 15.45 hrs
We were paged by the Police and asked to attend a female who had sustained a lower leg injury on Reston Scar, Staveley. One of our Land Rovers transported her down to the village to be met by a County Ambulance.
29 July 2012 15.20 hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team asked if we could send 5 people to assist them on High Pike with the evacuation of a 10 year old who was having difficulty in walking. We were just de-briefing after a training exercise so we sent off a Land Rover full. They assisted in carrying the casualty down off the fell on a stretcher.
09 August 2012 15.15 hrs
We were paged by the Police and asked to assist a lone male walker with a lower leg injury close to the summit of Farleton Knott. We splinted his leg, stretcherd him to one of our Land Rovers and transported him off the hill to a waiting County Ambulance.
14 August 2012 18.10 hrs
A motorist on the M6 rang the Police and reported seeing a paraglider crashing into a hillside in the Howgills. The Police paged us but we were stood down while on route when it was established that the paraglider had simply landed on the hillside and there were no injuries. An honest report with good intent.
17 August 2012 03.35 hrs
We were paged by the Police and asked to assist the North West Ambulance Service after a young man was reported to be fitting at the remote Reservoir Cottage near the top of the Kentmere Valley. We transported two paramedics up the track to the Cottage by Land Rover and then took them, the casualty and his companion back down to the waiting ambulance at Hartrigg. Back home by 6am.
18 August 2012 23.00 hrs
We are starting to enjoy Kentmere by night! We were paged by the Police after they were advised that a lone male walker had failed to return to his accommodation. Apparently, he had set off to walk the Kentmere Horseshoe at about 15.00 hrs. Search parties were dispatched both clockwise and anti-clockwise around the Horseshoe while one of our Land Rovers drove the track up to Kentmere Reservoir. After a short while we were able to see a light flashing on the hillside and taking bearings on this from various locations allowed us to get a good fix on the position (another good reason for taking a torch with you!). The walker had strayed off the path on to difficult craggy ground in the vicinity of Tongue Scar and had sustained a nasty laceration to his leg. He was able to walk off with team members to one of our Land Rovers close to the Reservoir from where he was transported to hospital in Kendal for treatment to his leg before being returned to his accommodation. During the casualty’s hospital visit we were able to undertake our second rescue of the night – one of our Land Rovers had managed to get well and truly stuck high on the Garburn Pass at Moor Head while dropping off a search party. A bit of tugging and winching from a second Land Rover seemed to do the trick. We can now officially confirm that the upper sections of the Garburn Pass are un-drivable! All home by 05.30 hrs.
23 August 2012 16.35 hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team asked for our assistance with the evacuation of a male who had sustained a leg injury towards the top of Stickle Ghyll. We stretchered him off the hill and took him to the Westmorland Hospital in Kendal.
02 September 2012 17.05 hrs
We were asked to assist the Langdale & Ambleside team with a female who had sustained a head injury close to Browney Gill in Great Langdale. She was stretchered to the waiting Great North Air Ambulance and flown to hospital in Carlisle.
18 September 2012 07.40 hrs
We were paged by the Police and asked to search for a male who was missing in the Craggy Wood area of Staveley. Sadly, a man’s body was found shortly after the search commenced.
18 September 2012 22.40 hrs
We were asked to assist the Langdale & Ambleside team with the evacuation of a male with a leg injury who was right at the top of Far Easedale. We got a Land Rover away with five people on board and then heard that an RAF Sea King was on route. 14 further team members were then held at our base until we were advised that the casualty was on his way to hospital in the helicopter. The team was stood down shortly after midnight.
6th October 2012 14.00hrs
5 Team members (4 SRT + 1 driver) were put on standby to travel down to Wales early on Sunday morning. We received further notification at 18.30hrs that the dynamics of the search had changed and we were thanked for our response and asked to stand down.
7th October 2012 11.00hrs
Team responded to a call out after it was reported that a walker had slipped and sustained a lower leg injury in the Winder fell area. The team soon located the casualty adjacent to Settlebeck gill and after treatment was stretchered down to an awaiting ambulance.
27th October 2012 13.25hrs
The team was working alongside the Kirkby Stephen Team providing weekend support for the Original Mountain Marathon taking place in the Howgills. We were called to an unrelated incident and attended an injured walker with a lower leg injury on the summit of The Calf. Thankfully an air ambulance became available and whisked the casualty off thus saving a very long carry off. On the OMM today we also assisted several people who suffered a variety of ailments back to the OMM HQ.
28th October 2012
Day 2 of the OMM and the weather was completely different to yesterday (very wet!). The team was called upon to help a runner who was showing symptoms of hypothermia. We also transported several stragglers back to the OMM HQ. With a solitary pair still unaccounted for we were contemplating the thought of a wet night on the fells when news came through that the pair were on their way home….to Denmark.
1st November 2012 15.45hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team requested our assistance with the evacuation of a female casualty from Easedale Tarn. It transpired that she had a hip injury and that she was in significant discomfort. After her condition was stabilised, she was stretchered from the fell and transported to the L&A base in Ambleside where she was transferred to a County Ambulance.
4th November 2012 18.40hrs
The Police paged us and requested assistance with the recovery of a man’s body from a rural location to the north of Lindale. Always a sad job for everyone involved.
5th November 2012 20.10hrs
Another sad job. The Police paged us and we were asked to assist the North West Ambulance service with the recovery of a man’s body from a difficult location in the Killington Lake area.
10th November 2012 14.15hrs
The Langdale & Ambleside team requested our assistance with a casualty on Silver How (near Grasmere). We sent a Landrover with 5 on-board but the casualty was taken off to hospital by air ambulance while we were on route. As it happened, L&A were immediately called to another incident on Silver How (lower leg injury) so our vehicle continued on to assist. In the mean time 8 other of our team members were being held at base in case they were needed. Once the carry-off of the casualty was underway 7 of our team members at base headed home.
10th November 2012 15.50hrs
Within minutes of our team members being sent home we were paged by the Police following reports of a walker with a lower leg injury being helped down from the fell in Kentmere in the direction of Reservoir Cottages. Everyone returned to base and we deployed two Land Rovers and personnel to Kentmere. The injured walker was found at the Cottages, treated by our team doctor and transported back to Kentmere village for onward transfer to hospital. Busy day!
16th November 2012 18.25hrs
During the final preparations of the support team for the Kendal Rescue Round (See News & Events Page), we were called by the Police following reports of an elderly female who had taken her dog for a walk and had been missing for some time. A search of the Scout Scar area to the west of Kendal was commenced and both the Langdale & Ambleside Team and the Lake District Search Dogs were called to assist us. Fortunately, the missing woman turned up safe and well at around 19.30 hrs.
20th November 2012 16.00hrs
Both the Kendal and the Duddon & Furness teams were paged by the Police regarding an incident on the boundary between both operational areas. A 15 year old had fallen from a mountain bike above Steveley-in-Cartmel, suffering a painful leg injury. Both teams responded, the casualty was treated and given pain relief before being stretchered down to a waiting County Ambulance.
23rd December 2012 08.15hrs
An early start today! We were called to assist the Langdale & Ambleside team with a male casualty who had sustained a painful knee injury. He was located about half way down Rossett Gill in Great Langdale and stretchered down. The L&A ambulance took him to their base where he was transferred to a County Ambulance.