Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fell walkers swept away by avalanche in Cumbria

Published: 7:30AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

The celebration of men were thought to have triggered the situation as they walked on St Sunday Crag in Patterdale nearby Penrith, Cumbria.

Police were alerted to the avalanche by a part of of the open at about 2.10pm today.

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A RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland was sent to the stage along with a 19-strong group from Patterdale Mountain Rescue and dual North West Air Ambulance crews.

The men, believed to be from County Durham, were all located safely and taken to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue personality Martin Cotterell pronounced dual of the casualties suffered mixed injuries and were airlifted by bracket in the helicopter. Another man suffered obtuse leg injuries and was flown by air ambulance whilst the fourth hiker appeared unhurt but was swayed to go to sanatorium for a check-up, he said.

Mr Cotterell said: ""We hold the celebration triggered the avalanche as they upheld a point called Pinnacle Ridge. The dual who were some-more severely harmed were swept afar about 750ft.

""Some of the slopes in this area are now unstable.""

Following the incident, military urged people to equivocate the Cumbrian fells.

A military mouthpiece added: ""Cumbria military are propelling fell-walkers, mountaineers and alternative people to be essential and equivocate going out on the Cumbrian fells now after reception reports that walkers might be trapped in the snow.

""Although it looks similar to a really pleasing day today, military would urge people to carry over activities until the sleet and icy conditions urge on high land due to the risk of inconstant snow.""


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