Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Walker dies on Lake District fell near Keswick

A man has died after collapsing on a Lake District fell.

The 59-year-old took ill at the summit of Latrigg, near Keswick, yesterday.

He was discovered by a passing walker and emergency services were called.

That passer-by gave the casualty CPR until members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team arrived at the scene, along with an air crew.

A Keswick team spokesman said: "Despite the efforts of all concerned, the man’s life could not be saved.

"The Team recovered his body from the fell, and handed it over to the relevant authorities."

The tragic call-out is one of several the Keswick team has dealt with this weekend.

At around the same time as the collapsed man, six of its volunteers - later backed up by others - to help a 34-year-old woman who had gotten into a precarious position after becoming cragfast on the Foule Crag side of Sharp Edge.

She was helped to the top before walking off to Mousethwaite Comb, where she was reunited with her walking companion.

Today, meanwhile, police called on the team to rescue a group of young men camping on an island on Thirlmere and had become gripped by bad weather.

The Keswick spokesman said: "The waves on the lake, and the strong gusty wind unnerved them, and although three of them managed to get ashore, the other two, and all their equipment were left behind.

"The team’s boat and swiftwater rescue technicians attended, and the group and equipment were safely recovered."

Finally, the unit  went out to help a girl Duke of Edinburgh gold expedition student who had fallen crossing a stream near Rosthwaite and suffered possible concussion.

Elsewhere, 20 members of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were also called out on Saturday, to help a 44-year-old woman who got lost while coming down Red Pike just before darkness fell.

She was found just above the Intake Wall - not far from Scale Force, a waterfall - and was not suffering any injuries.

The team then helped the woman down the peak. No further details on her have been released.


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