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Climber killed in Lake District fall

[A] man has died after falling 300ft while climbing South Rake on Dow Crag, near Coniston yesterday.

Coniston MRT was called at 12:07pm yesterday, Thursday 22 February to reports of a man who had fallen while scrambling on Dow Crag, 17 members of the Team attended with other Emergency Services, however despite the best efforts of all involved the man had succumbed to serious multiple injuries, having fallen over 300 feet.

Coniston MRT would like to extend its condolences to the man’s family and friends, team spokesman Jeff Carroll said: “The Team would like to thank the crews of the Great North Air Ambulance and Rescue 199 from HMCG Prestwick for their assistance on this sad incident.

“With the existing conditions the snow is hard packed in gullies and where the sun doesn’t reach and hence any slip or stumble can result in a serious outcome.

“Despite reasonable temperatures at valley level and a recent thaw of some lying snow, many areas remain in full winter conditions.

“With colder weather now becoming entrenched again for the foreseeable future, and the likelihood of further significant snowfall, the Team would like to reiterate previous recommendations regarding correct equipment and experience.”

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