Sharp Edge, Blencathra (89)

Callout Time: 9:03 am
Agencies Involved: Keswick MRT, Coast Guard Helicopter

At just after 9am on a Sunday morning after the festive Saturday night before! a callout was received from Cumbria Police of a 27 year old man who had fallen from Sharp Edge, Blencathra. The man was with his 40 year old brother who had called in the rescue and the initial report was that the fallen man was fine with no injuries. A team set off immediately anyway to investigate and offer assistance. When further reports arrived the news was a lot more alarming and worrying. The man had fallen 50m, was getting cold and was unresponsive. A call was made for coast guard helicopter assistance in what seemed to be potentially a very serious incident. A second truck full of team members left base and made their way up Mousethwaite Cwm towards Sharp Edge. As the first team members approached Scales Tarn a further message was received from the two men that the man who had fallen was uninjured and they were going to continue up the ridge to the top of Blencathra. The helicopter was immediately stood down whilst team members continued upwards to ensure all was well. The leading team members made their way along Sharp Edge to the point they could see all the way to the top with no sign of the ‘casualties.’ All members were stood down and returned to base.

19 team members – 2 hours 40 minutes

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