A Lake District climber had a ‘lucky escape’ after a small ledge stopped him falling down a ‘large drop’.
The man had already fallen an ‘unknown distance’ and sustained head and various other injuries during the incident on Ashness Gill. Keswick Mountain Rescue Team (KMRT) were alerted after the man’s partner reported him missing.
Volunteers say the woman was on top of Bleaberry Fell and had waited a ‘considerable time’ and made ‘numerous attempts at trying to phone him’. She advised KMRT that he had intended to join her after solo climbing Ashness Gill, a grade 3 scramble, above Ashness Bridge.
KMRT were called shortly after 5pm on Wednesday (June 7) and focussed a search on the gill. Members of the 16-strong team soon located the man.
In a statement on Facebook, KMRT said: “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.
“Many thanks to the Coastguard for the assistance. We wish the man a swift recovery.”
Commenting on the Facebook post, one person said: “Well done team. It looks as though that was a life saving mission. Hope the gentleman makes a full recovery.”
Another said: “He’s one lucky man. Well done to KMRT and to the coastguard for coming to his help. Speedy recovery to the injured party. Well done.”
A third said: “Blimey, he was lucky to land on that ledge! Great teamwork for the rescue as ever. Well done all. Hope the man is OK and makes a good recovery.”