70 year old woman falls at Robinson, Buttermere

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 13:50 on 23rd October2019. TheTeam was called out to assist a 70-year-old female who had fallen, sustaining shoulder and ankle injuries, at the summit of Robinson, Buttermere. The casualty’s location was confirmed using the SARLOC tool and the Team headed to Newlands Hause at the top of the pass before making their way to the summit on foot.

Helimed 08, from the North West Air Ambulance, was on scene when the Team arrived and it was quickly confirmed what the casualty’s injuries were. She was treated accordingly before being airlifted to Keswick for transfer by land ambulance to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

This was the 57th callout of the year, which was attended by 19 team members andl asted three hours.

This was Cockermouth Mountain Rescue’s fourth callout of the week following; a lower leg injury on Darling Fell (21/10), a runaway child on Sale Fell (20/10/19) and an unwell Duke of Edinburgh student at Blackbeck Tarn (20/10/19).

Team Leader, Andrew McNeil, said: ‘The Team and Helimed 08 crew worked well together to treat the casualty and get her safely on board the aircraft. Given the nature of the injuries, a long carry out via stretcher could have been very uncomfortable for the casualty. We wish her a speedy recovery.

With British Summer Time ending on Sunday, it is important that anyone heading up the fells is aware of when it will get dark, is appropriately equipped and has a head torch.