Lake District walker falls into gorge, and man trying to help does the same

A woman fell 20m after slipping over the edge of a gorge in the Lake District.

The incident took place at 11.26pm last night (June 19) and saw 14 team members from Coniston Mountain Rescue Team rescue the casualty in two hours and 10 minutes. The walker had fallen into Church Beck which runs through Coppermines Valley.

After making contact with the ‘informant’, Coniston Mountain Rescue Team found that the woman had slipped over the edge of the gorge and fell around 20 metres to the bottom. A man who had been walking through Coppermines Valley at the time went to her aid but also fell part of the way down.

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Throughout the incident both the man and woman were communicating with the informant and were said not to appear seriously hurt. Coniston Mountain Rescue Team deployed three vehicles and located the casualties next to the beck.

Team members went down the opposite side where there was safer access to both of them and they were escorted out of the gorge. Both casualties were fully assessed and had their wounds treated before being taken back to base.

Church Beck runs through Coppermines Valley.
Church Beck runs through Coppermines Valley.

In an incident report shared by Coniston Mountain Rescue Team this afternoon (June 19), a spokesperson said: “Once at the Base, they were given warm drinks and reassessed. Apart from some cuts and bruises, and soreness, both casualties were deemed well enough to be taken back to their accommodation.

“However they were advised to get themselves checked over once they returned home the following day. Two extremely lucky people!”

Lancs Live – Cumbria