Ashness Gill (53)
Callout Date: 07/06/2023
Callout Time: 5:04 pm
Agencies Involved: Keswick MRT, Coastguard helicopter
A woman on top of Bleaberry Fell reported her partner missing after waiting a considerable time and after numerous attempts at trying to phone him. She advised that he intended to join her after solo climbing Ashness Gill, a grade 3 scramble, above Ashness Bridge. Keswick team focussed a search on the gill and soon located the man. He had fallen an unknown distance sustaining a head and various other injuries, but amazingly he had landed or slid onto a small ledge which prevented him falling down another large drop.
A rope rescue was arranged to extract him out of the gill and after pain relief, warming, and treatment to his injuries he was stretchered to an open area where R199 from the Coastguard winched him for an airlift to Carlisle hospital.
16 team members – 3 hours 51 minutes