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Male falls 10 meters into Aira Force

October 14, 2021

October 13, 2021 1.30 pm

On Wednesday 13/10/21 at around 13:30 hrs the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out with regard to a man who had fallen 10 meters into Aira Force Gorge.

Fire, Helimed and an NWAS land ambulance also responded. The man had tried to climb out and, unfortunately, fallen back into the gorge a second time. When the team arrived at the scene the man had been in the water for about 1 hour and was extremely cold.

The team quickly lowered a team member down to the casualty to stabilise and assess him. A rope system was rigged and the casualty was raised onto dry land. The very cold casualty was then assessed by medics at the scene for hypothermia and suspected leg and arm fractures.

The casualty was stabilised and then transported in a team vehicle to a land ambulance in a nearby car park.

The rescue lasted for 2 hours and involved 13 team members. The team would like to thank the Cumbria Fire and Rescue service, NWAS and the Great North Air Ambulance for some great team work to quickly resolve the incident.