Couple climbing mountain on their SECOND date are rescued

Couple climbing mountain on their SECOND date are rescued

November 24, 2020

Couple climbing mountain in Lake District on their SECOND date are rescued in five-hour operation after man fell 200ft and landed on a ledge

  • Unnamed couple in their 40s set off up Sharp Edge on Blencathra on Saturday 
  • They turned back due to slippery conditions but on descent the man tumbled  
  • A rescue operation involving 25 mountaineers lasted for around five hours 
  • Despite the drama of their second date a third one has already been discussed 

A couple’s second date up a Lake District mountain ended with a five-hour rescue operation after he tumbled 200ft and they became stranded.    

The man lost his footing and skidded down the steep rock face before eventually coming to rest on a ledge.

With night falling and his date also trapped on the crag, 25 mountaineers set off by torchlight to stretcher them back down. 

The man was rushed to Glasgow hospital by helicopter where he is being treated for injuries to his lower back, ribs and legs. 

But, despite the drama, it seems he was not the only one swept off his feet that day – as a third date has already been discussed. 

A couple’s second date up a Lake District mountain ended with a five-hour rescue operation after they became stranded

With the light fading and his date also trapped on the crag (circled), 25 mountaineers set off in the dark to bring them back down

The man was rushed to Glasgow hospital by helicopter where he is being treated for injuries to his lower back, ribs and legs

The unnamed couple in their 40s had set off up Sharp Edge on Blencathra on Saturday when they turned back because of wet conditions.  

A spokesperson for the Keswick Mountain Rescue Ream said: ‘In slippery conditions part way along they wisely opted out of continuing along the ridge, but unfortunately tried to descend from the ridge down towards Scales Tarn.

‘The man slipped and fell from part way down. Instinctively he put his arms out to try to avoid tumbling and ended up sliding fast and bumping down the steep rocky slope until he came to rest on a ledge some 60m further down.

‘His partner was then stuck on the crag unable to go up or down. Apparently, despite the drama of their second date a third one has already been discussed.’

Due to the adverse conditions, helicopter support was unable to reach the scene so a team of 25 volunteers from the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team split into two groups to save the couple.

Pictures show the rescue crews making their way back down the mountain by torchlight, carrying the man down in a stretcher

Rescuers bring the couple back down the mountain by torchlight

Rescuers said because the man tried not to tumble he ended up ‘sliding fast’ until he fell on a ledge.

A passer-by also helped the man and gave him extra clothing to keep him warm while they waited for the rescuers to arrive.

Pictures show the rescue crews making their way back down the mountain by torchlight, carrying the man down in a stretcher. 

The spokesperson added: ‘Many thanks to the passer-by who had gone to the man’s assistance and given him extra clothing to wear whilst waiting for the rescue team, the man’s torch light was very useful to locate the casualty.

‘On arrival a group shelter was used to protect the casualty against the increasingly inclement weather.

‘The man’s successful attempts to not tumble, thereby avoiding potentially more serious injuries, meant that all the impact had been on his lower back, ribs and leg.’

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