Man dies after fall from Striding Edge

Date: Tuesday 29th August 2017

A MAN died on Sunday morning after he slipped and fell more than 200 metres from Striding Edge while he was ascending Helvellyn.

Patterdale mountain rescue team were called out at 11-24am and several experienced mountaineers, who were already in the area, abseiled from Striding Edge to his location and began giving him first aid.

An air ambulance was also scrambled, during the incident, but the crew had to abort its attempt to fly to the casualty's location due to the bad weather.

A larger coastguard helicopter was requested from Prestwick, because of the seriousness of the incident, but unfortunately the bad weather continued and it was also unable to reach the location.

The Patterdale mountain rescue team was supported by a team from Penrith and they ascended the rough and steep terrain of Striding Edge to reach the casualty.

Despite immediate medical care being provided, the man, aged 54, died at the scene.

Patterdale team leader Mike Blakey said: "Our thoughts and sympathy are with the man's family and friends.

"This was simply a tragic accident. All members of the party were appropriately equipped."

He added that the "particularly sad rescue" had touched the hearts of all concerned.

The incident was one of a number of call outs over the bank holiday weekend which was described by the Patterdale team as "two very difficult and challenging days on Helvellyn".

They were called out just before 3pm on Monday when a man and his dog fell a similar distance from Striding Edge.

He suffered what were described as "very serious injuries" and was treated by team members as well as a Great North Air Ambulance doctor and paramedic.

Weather conditions were again poor and the team lowered and carried the man below the cloud to a point at which the Coastguard Rescue 199 helicopter could reach the patient.

His dog was taken to a local veterinary practice, after being treated at the scene by the team's vet, where its condition was described as "comfortable".

The team leader said: 'We are all hoping for a positive outcome for both the man and dog as every emergency service member involved gave their all to give the best friends the best possible chance of survival.

"The group were well equipped and experienced. I would also like to formally thank the two men from Bradford who did everything they could to assist the party and the rescue team."

Two mountain bikers were treated for injuries by the team on Saturday — one for a deep laceration to his leg and the second for a hip injury — having both cycled over a rocky outcrop on their descent from Helvellyn.

Later on Saturday evening the team was called out to search for a father and daughter, who were reported as missing on Helvellyn, and they turned up safe and well as the team was responding to the call.

The team leader said: "Our thanks go to Penrith mountain rescue team for backing us up on both incidents."