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Married couple fall from Helvellyn Ridge

Swirral Edge
Grid reference: NY 34219 15535
29/12/2013
On Sunday 29th December, at about 1530 a male walker fell approximately 130 metres from Swirral Edge, Helvellyn in to Brown Cove. A passer-by who witnessed the fall called 999 and whilst he was talking to the Police he saw a woman fall from the same place on the ridge; apparently falling much further than the man. The information available to the Team was sketchy because this initial 999 call came through on the emergency network and the mountain rescue team were therefore unable to call the informant back. A little while later the Police received a second 999 call from the woman who had fallen; she had been trying to reach her husband who was the first casualty.

At the time of the incident a number Team members had just finished training and made their way by Landrover to Kepple Cove and then on foot to the scene of the incident. A RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland was dispatched and the Great North Air Ambulance was requested. The Air Ambulance flew overhead but was unable to assist due to darkness.

Thirteen members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were assisted by a member of Calder Valley MRT, three members of the RAF mountain rescue service and a member of Kendal MRT.

The male casualty was winched into the Sea King helicopter whilst team members assessed and secured the second casualty. The aircraft was then able to return and evacuate the second casualty before both were flown to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle for further treatment.