The rescue scene on Green Crag. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The rescue scene on Green Crag. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

A Lake District team completed three rescue missions in one callout.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was alerted at 11.40am on Saturday when a walker was reported stuck on a ledge above Warnscale Bottom.

Team members set off in their vehicles to try to pinpoint the woman’s location.

A Cockermouth MRT spokesperson said: “As the team were nearing Gatesgarth, a second call came in from the casualty’s daughter with a precise location, on Green Crag.

“Fortunately, a team member was already in the area and went directly to the casualty and provided an initial assessment.

“Meanwhile the first team vehicle made its way up to Dubs Hut, where equipment was ferried to the casualty site. A rope system was used to secure the injured lady, her arm injuries were treated on scene before she was raised up the cliff on a stretcher.

“Once on the main path, the casualty was assessed by the team doctor and escorted back to the team vehicles, before being transferred to an ambulance waiting at Honister Slate Mine.”

As the team was completing the rescue, a group of walkers asked for help when one of their party became ill. The Cockermouth MRT doctor assessed her at the scene, then she was escorted off the fell.

A team vehicle makes its way to Honister from Dubs Hut. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

A team vehicle makes its way to Honister from Dubs Hut. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

As team members were making their way home through Gatesgarth, an elderly woman collapsed in the heat at the roadside. The rescuers stopped their vehicles and treated the woman at the scene, staying with her until the arrival of an ambulance.

The day capped a busy period, during which Cockermouth MRT members helped in the search for a missing person at Crummock Water and also assisted Keswick MRT colleagues with the overnight search for a missing walker. The team also went to the aid of a woman suffering from heatstroke on the side of Whiteside.

Team leader Andrew McNeil said: “It’s been a busy couple of days, in difficult conditions due to the heat, but the team responded well.

“Green Crag is one of our hotspots and we would advise the public to take extra care when walking in that area. A misplaced step can have serious consequences. On behalf of the team, I’d like to wish all the casualties from this weekend a quick recovery.

“As we are now in the summer holidays, and it is likely that the Lakes will be busier than they have been for some time, the team would encourage visitors to consider using the new shuttle bus service from Cockermouth to Buttermere, which may help to alleviate congestion down the valley, allowing emergency services to operate effectively when required.”

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