Man critical after falling 100 metres on Coniston Old Man

Man critical after falling 100 metres on Coniston Old Man

stornoway-helicopter-coast-guardA MAN has been flown to hospital with serious multiple injuries after falling 100 metres while descending from Coniston Old Man.

At 12:59pm yesterday, Tuesday 14 February fourteen members of Coniston MRT went to the assistance of a male walker who had slipped and fallen while descending from Coniston Old Man towards Goats Water.

It was reported that the man had fallen and tumbled in excess of 100 metres.

A spokesman for Coniston MRT said: “Due to the potentially serious nature of the incident, assistance from Duddon & Furness MRT was requested, Helimed 58 from GNAAS was already en route and a Coastguard Helicopter with winching capability was requested.

“The casualty was treated for multiple serious injuries and was winched from the mountain by the Coastguard Helicopter; he was flown down to the John Ruskin School Playing Field in Coniston where he was transferred to the GNAAS Air Ambulance and flown to Preston Royal Infirmary.

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) said: “A man, in his 50s, had sustained multiple life-threatening injuries and the GNAAS crew put him into an induced coma.

“The man was winched from the mountain by Search and Rescue before being transferred to the GNAAS helicopter and flown to hospital in Preston, where he arrived in a critical condition.

“The entire rescue, from the initial call to being back at base, took GNAAS six hours.”

In an unrelated accident, at 1:24pm on Tuesday 14 February Coniston MRT was made aware that a female walker had fallen while ascending Coniston Old Man close to the summit.

A spokesman for Coniston MRT added: “Due to the ongoing previous incident, colleagues from Langdale-Ambleside MRT were contacted to deal with this rescue.

“Some members of Coniston Team diverted to the scene, and further support was requested from Kendal MSRT.

“The lady was treated for a suspected dislocated knee and was placed in a stretcher before being winched into the Coastguard Helicopter which had returned to assist after evacuating the previous casualty.

“She was then flown to Furness General Hospital, Barrow in Furness.”

In total for both incidents, there were 43 personnel involved – 14 from Coniston MRT, 14 from Duddon & Furness MRT, 8 from Langdale-Ambleside MRT and 7 Kendal MSRT. Both incidents were concluded by 18:15 hrs.