A 61 year old man, walking with his son-in-law, was blown off his feet; his crampon points stuck in the ice, and he fell awkwardly, suffering an ankle injury. With the help of his companion, he attempted to make his way down the Swirls path, but found it impossible. The initial call went to Patterdale MRT but was quickly transferred as they looked at the location. Keswick team then went out to Swirls car park, and made their way up to the casualty who was near the end of the wall bounding the Brown Cove area. He was given analgesia, and then lowered and sledged down to the car park in very icy conditions. There he was transferred to his son in law’s car to be driven to hospital in Lancaster, which fitted in with their travel plans.
Conditions on the hill were full winter, and intending walkers should be suitably equipped with crampons & ice axe.
14 Team members – 3 hours 15 minutes