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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Police name walker who died on Cumbrian fells

A man who died after collapsing on the Cumbrian fells has been named by police.

Philip Elgey, 61, from Dale Avenue, Kendal, suffered a suspected heart attack in the Great Gable area while walking with friends on Tuesday.

Two mountain rescue teams, an air ambulance and a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter were called but the man could not be revived.

Keswick and Wasdale mountain rescue teams were mobilised to aid the walker.

A spokesman said: “As the location was on the border between Keswick and Wasdale team areas, both teams were called.

“The first Keswick truck was away within minutes, and access to the hill was made via Honister mine track and Moses Trod.

“The Great North Air Ambulance which attended dropped its doctor at the scene, and then came and picked up two team members to assist with access to the casualty site.

“A Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet was also scrambled in case of need for a winching helicopter on the steep ground.

“The doctor, friends and passers-by administered basic life support for a considerable period, but unfortunately the casualty could not be revived.

“His body was flown by the Navy helicopter to West Cumberland Hospital. Team members then walked down to Seathwaite with members of the man’s party.

“The Wasdale team members, who had been in attendance, were then able to stand down.”

The Keswick team was also involved in treating a cyclist injured in a road accident on the Honister Pass. The volunteers came across the incident while on the way to the Great Gable rescue. The North West Air Ambulance also flew to the scene.

And later in the day, Keswick MRT was called out to help a 79-year-old man who fell while descending Dock Tarn, near Stonethwaite.

The spokesman said: “First reports spoke of a collapse, but two local team members who lived nearby found him on his feet, although with some nasty gashes to his hand.

“He was assisted from the fell and taken to Keswick Cottage Hospital for treatment.”

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