High wind rescue on Scafell Pike
LFTO News Team
05 April 2012 09:52
Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out at 11.50 on Wedneday 4th April to go to the assistance of 2 fell walkers who had been blown off their feet by very high winds as they were descending Scafell Pike.
They had abandoned their attempt to summit England’s highest mountain due to the wind and were making their way back. The female walker suffered a serious head laceration but remained conscious throughout and was able to walk to a RAF Sea King helicopter that had been called to assist in the rescue. Her husband suffered extensive bruising to his back and hips and was stretchered into the helicopter.
Both fell walkers were taken to West Cumberland Hospital for treatment.
12 rescuers from the Wasdale team attended the incident along with 9 from the Duddon and Furness team. The helicopter crew from RAF Boulmer in the North East had to cope with strong gusting winds that made flying very difficult.