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Woman flown to hospital after Pillar fall

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 16:00 on 6th February to assist a 40-year-old woman who had fallen whilst descending Pillar towards Looking Stead.

The call had stated that the casualty had suffered head and chest injuries, as such the Team Leader immediately called the full team out and requested assistance from HM Coastguard.

Initially the Team intended to ascend the mountain via Pillar Ride, however HM Coastguard Rescue 199 was dispatched quickly and as such the Team headed to Black Sail Youth Hostel for uplift to the scene via helicopter.

Rescue 199 was in the Ennerdale Valley by 17:10 and due to favourable conditions lowered the winchman to the casualty. Working with a Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team member (who had travelled to the incident directly), the casualty was treated on scene, then winched to the helicopter and transported onwards to hospital.

Team Leader Andrew McNeil said: “All the initial information pointed towards this being a very serious and potentially difficult callout, it was great to have the support of Rescue 199, who made our job a lot easier, and made the casualties evacuation considerably quicker. The Team wishes the casualty a speedy recovery.”

This was the Team’s fourth callout of the year, it involved 19 team members and lasted roughly 2.5 hours.

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