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Mountain Rescue Attend Fatality on Striding Edge, Helvellyn

A man has died after falling from Striding Edge on Saturday 20th June while walking with his so, suffering head injuries that proved to be fatal. Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called to action just after 11.00am after reports came through that a man had taken a fall. The walker’s son, along with passers by, had attempted to resuscitate the man while waiting for Mountain Rescue in low cloud. Despite this, when a doctor arrived, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Correspondence from the team said: “The Great North Air Ambulance, which was tasked to the rescue, was unable to get close to the scene due to low cloud.

“An RAF Sea King Helicopter, which was already on route to the Lake District from Northumberland for training, was immediately requested by the team and provided invaluable support throughout.”

Striding Edge in low cloud

Ridges can provide fantastic routes onto mountain summits, but can be dangerous in poor weather.


“Initially, the Sea King helicopter flew three team members and the air ambulance paramedic and doctor as high as possible on the mountain, limited only by low cloud and poor visibility.

“The helicopter, by this time low on fuel, returned to collect additional team members and a second doctor, and flew these to the same location. From there, the team made their way on foot up on to Striding Edge and down towards the casualty site while the helicopter returned to refuel.

“Once arriving on scene the team took over from the man’s son and passers-by who had climbed down the mountain and had been carrying out [cardio-pulmonary resuscitation]. The team’s doctor assessed the man and sadly he was pronounced dead on scene having sustained severe head injuries.”

The leader of the Patterdale team said: “On behalf of the rescue services involved in the incident today, we would like to express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the man who tragically lost his life.

“Helvellyn is a very special place and the ridges make for a great mountain day. The man and his son were well equipped. Those people who were walking on the ridge at the time, and who risked their own safety to assist the man, should be commended. They did everything they could to help.

“The RAF Sea King helicopter from Boulmer, which assisted us today, will go out of service later this year. I would like to thank the Sea King crew for their support over the years and in particular today.

“Today’s accident occurred in low cloud and the Sea King crew did everything they could to get rescue members as near as possible and ensure that the man and his son were flown off the mountain as quickly as possible.

“Our thanks also go to the Great North Air Ambulance and Penrith Mountain Rescue Team for their assistance.”

Patterdale Mountain Rescue wanted to remind anyone who finds themselves in need while in the mountains, to call 999 and ask for the police and mountain rescue.


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