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Dramatic callout for busy mountain rescue team
1:40pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
SUMMER is proving busy for Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team who have been called to 12 rescues in 11 days.
The latest callout was received yesterday afternoon at 3.15pm, after a pair of walkers had become stuck and injured in a gulley on the Wasdale Screes, overlooking Wastwater.
Two males in their thirties had mistaken a gulley for a descent route to the valley bottom, when one of them fell around eight metres, causing injuries to his hand and arm.
Due to the inaccessible and dangerous location the North West Air Ambulance had to lift team members to the walkers in pairs, with more than 600m of rope and crag gear.
Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team were also called in to help.
The walkers were evacuated back up the Screes using haul lines and once on Whin Rigg summit were walked off the mountain.
Wasdale team member Richard Warren said: “We are very grateful to the North West Air Ambulance and Duddon and Furness MRT for their assistance with this technically very difficult and physically demanding rescue."
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