December 6 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Two Norfolk men and a dog were last night rescued after losing their way in “atrocious” weather after climbing the highest mountain in England.
The emergency services were called after one of the men, who are in their 20s, injured his ankle in a fall and was unable to put any weight on it.
The men, who have not been named, were in their late 20s and were on holiday in the Lake District.
A spokesman for Wasdale Mountain Rescue said: “They had climbed Scafell Pike and were making their way off the mountain when they became disorientated in the low cloud and foul weather.
“Their location was digitally established by the team leader using the SARLOC system as in the Knotts of the Tongue area, above the stream and below Esk Pike in Upper Eskdale.
“This location is one of the most remote areas of the team’s patch and on a good day requires a three-hour walk out. A stretcher carry from here was inevitably going to be extremely strenuous.”
Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team was asked to help, and the injured man was located and given casualty care for his injured ankle, which had a suspected fracture or severe sprain.
A total of 33 team members were involved in the rescue, and the evacuation by stretcher involved “hand over hand” for the first two hours to get him down the deep-sided, heavily bouldered streambed to the level ground above Great Moss.
They would then have need another four hours to carry the name back to the roadhead at Wha House Farm in Eskdale, but team leader Mike Gullen called in a Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey.
The helicopter made a semi-land on, with wheels touching the ground but still in the hover, and the two men and their dog, Max, were flown to Barrow-in-Furness Hospital.