Cumbrian mountain rescue team scrambled to help mum and son stuck in gully


Keswick Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) were called out to help a mum and son who became stuck in a gully in the mountains.

The team's concerns for the mum's welfare were increased because she suffered from a medical condition and quickly became very cold.

The mum and son had got stuck ina gully high on the west side of Great End, the most northerly mountain in the Scafell chain.

They called Keswick MRT just after 3pm on Monday, an hour before sunset. Given the prevailing conditions and rapidly approaching darkness, the team set off to Seathwaite quickly with two vehicles full of 20 team members.

Their aim was to try and locate her while it was still light. While they were en route, the team leader checked on the availability of a winching helicopter because it would be some time before the team could be on scene and the team were worried about the mum getting hypothermia.

Wasdale MRT were also alerted and prepared to come out to help in the search.

A Coastguard helicopter was scrambled from Prestwick and made for the top of Great End.

Meanwhile, the team were finding it hard to communicate with the mum and son. It was nearly an hour later when the mum could get in contact and confirm they had managed to escape the gully and were at the top of Great End.

The mum and son then met up with two team members at the top of Grains Gill.

After the casualties had been assessed as in no immediate danger, Rescue 999 stood down, and the team walked the two down to Seathwaite.

Keswick MRT extended their thanks to Wasdale and Rescue 999 for their assistance. The whole rescue took about 3 and a half hours.

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