Patterdale Mountain Rescue team were called today, Saturday 10th November, to reports of a walker who had slipped and fallen on Swirral Edge, Helvellyn. The casualty, a 60-year-old man from Lincolnshire, was walking with his daughter when he fell approximately 100ft sustaining serious head and multiple other injuries.
The team were assisted by the air ambulance and a Seaking from RN Prestwick, but due to the location and low cloud it was not possible for either helicopter to directly evacuate the casualty.
The team lowered the casualty down a loose scree slope for several hundred meters until they were below the cloud and the Seaking could fly in to winch the stretcher.
Due to the serious nature of the injuries, the casualty and a team doctor were flown direct to RVI Newcastle.
The team were also assisted by two passing members of Penrith Mountain rescue team. Due to the steep and loose terrain this was a particularly difficult rescue made possible by the excellent cooperation between the Team, the Great North Air Ambulance and the Naval helicopter crew.
A spokesman for the GNAAS said: “Helimed 58 the Pride of Cumbria took part in a multi agency response to a male who had fallen about 100 ft of swirrell edge on helvellyn.
“GNAA paramedics were first on scene with the patient to begin treatment the aircraft then assisted patterdale MRT to get personel to the scene.
“Due to cloud level he was lowered from the scene to an area where a Royal Navy Seaking rescue 177 could winch him and a MRT doctor and transported him to a major trauma hospital in Newcastle.
“He had sustained head and back injuries, and was in a critical condition on arrival at hospital.”