The group got stuck on Jack's Rake, seen running diagonally up the crag from right to left

The group got stuck on Jack's Rake, seen running diagonally up the crag from right to left

A group tackling a Lakeland route had to be rescued after getting stuck on a scramble that has been the scene of two deaths and a serious injury in recent years.

The scramblers called for help after they were unable to continue up Jack’s Rake on Pavey Ark in Great Langdale.

A woman in the group also suffered a minor leg injury and was winched from the mountain by an RAF Sea King helicopter and flown to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 2.45pm yesterday to aid the five people on the grade-one scramble.

Kendal Mountain Rescue Team also joined the operation to bring the others to safety. They were slowly brought back down the route to Stickle Tarn and then down to the valley in Great Langdale.


A video shot by one of the Langdale Ambleside team during the Jack’s Rake rescue

Susannah Cox of Lancaster and Howard Gladwyn of Menston, West Yorkshire, both died in falls from Jack’s Rake in June 2012, and 13-year-old Tom Lister was seriously injured in a fall the following month.

The Langdale team was called out earlier on Saturday after a climber fell on Raven Crag in Great Langdale.

The man broke his leg in the fall and the rescue team was called out shortly before 10am to the site.

He was treated by the volunteers then stretchered from his position about 5m above the start of the route.

The rescues continued a busy period for the Ambleside-based team.

On Wednesday a woman called for help after getting lost on Crinkle Crags. Two team members had just set off to help when a pair of passing walkers offered to bring the walker down to safety.

The same day, a walker broke her leg on the path up to Stickle Tarn. The Langdale team treated her at the scene and stretchered her back down into the valley, from where friends took her to hospital for further treatment.

On Thursday an orienteer suffered a suspected broken leg while taking part in an event at Blea Tarn. He was treated by the team and stretchered off the fell and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Within minutes, team members were heading to Alcock Tarn above Grasmere, where a walker had slipped and suffered a suspected broken ankle. She was treated at the site and stretchered down to an ambulance waiting on the road below.

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