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Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team mark 50th anniversary of Low Crag training tragedy

Team members past and present at Gatesgarth Memorial

Saturday 15th June 2019 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the most tragic event in Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team’s history.

A press cutting from the original incident in 1969

At approximately 12:30 on the 15th June 1969 there was an unprecedented rock fall at Low Crag where the team was training, one team member John ‘Jock’ Thompson was killed in the incident, and a second, Michael Stephenson, died of his injuries the following day.

Yesterday, Team members past and present gathered, along with friends and family members at Low Crag, Buttermere, to take part in a short remembrance service and lay a wreath for those who had lost their lives.

Surviving Team Members
The memorial at Low Crag

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