Derwentwater crashed speedboat

Keswick MRT were involved in a different type of rescue in the early hours of May Day Bank Holiday weekend – the rescue of eight people who had crashed their speedboat onto rocks in the middle of Derwentwater at around 0300. This was the first of four rescues in the day for the team, the last concluding around about 10.00pm.

The initial call came at 3.41am on Sunday morning, for team assistance with a speedboat which had crashed onto rocks off Friars Crag on Derwentwater. Within 30 minutes, the team boat was on the lake and ferried five team members and a paramedic to the scene to assess and treat the injured casualties. The boat brought back three uninjured casualties to the boat landings where they were checked over by ambulance staff before being taken to team HQ to warm up. The boat then ferried the team doctor and other team members, along with further medical equipment including vacuum mattresses, out to the rocks to assist with the remaining casualties.

Rescue boats from Nichol End Marine and Platty Plus were also called in to help, these larger boats to transfer two casualties with suspected back injuries to the boat landings where they were transferred to waiting ambulances. An RAF SeaKing had been called by the Coastguard Agency – the casualty with head injuries was winched from the rocks and flown direct to Cumberland Infirmary, along with the ambulance paramedic who continued to monitor and treat the casualty. Coastguard volunteers from Keswick and Maryport had also been called in by the Liverpool Coastguard. However, the management of, and the undertaking of the rescue on scene, was undertaken by the mountain rescue team, working in close association with the ambulance crews, rescue boats, police and the RAF. This was the first rescue undertaken by the Keswick team where the MCGA has taken over responsibility for rescue on the four ‘public access’ lakes in the Lake District – Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Derwentwater. It’s fair to say that there are certainly lessons to be learned with regard to MCGA plans for rescue on   Derwentwater following this incident. At time of writing, a multiagency debrief is about to take place and we are fairly sure of a full and frank discussion.

The second call of the day came late morning, to the assistance of a female walker who had suffered a series of faints whilst walking on Scales Fell,  Blencathra. The third call came mid afternoon. A 50 year old female walker from the Bolton area had slipped and sustained a suspected fractured lower leg at the head of Mousethwaite Coombe, Blencathra, whilst descending from a day’s walking. She was treated at the scene by the team and carried from the fell where she was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

The final call of the day came at approximately 6.15pm. A walker from the Kendal area had slipped and fallen, sustaining a suspected dislocated shoulder and a laceration to his head while descending from Scafell Pike at Esk Hause. Team members attended the scene and treated the casualty’s injuries. He was then airlifted by a SeaKing helicopter from RAF Boulmer (in less than ideal weather conditions!) and transferred to hospital in Carlisle.

 

Keswick MRT were involved in a different type of rescue in the early hours of May Day Bank Holiday weekend – the rescue of eight people who had crashed their speedboat onto rocks in the middle of Derwentwater at around 0300. This was the first of four rescues in the day for the team, the last concluding around about 10.00pm.

The initial call came at 3.41am on Sunday morning, for team assistance with a speedboat which had crashed onto rocks off Friars Crag on Derwentwater. Within 30 minutes, the team boat was on the lake and ferried five team members and a paramedic to the scene to assess and treat the injured casualties. The boat brought back three uninjured casualties to the boat landings where they were checked over by ambulance staff before being taken to team HQ to warm up. The boat then ferried the team doctor and other team members, along with further medical equipment including vacuum mattresses, out to the rocks to assist with the remaining casualties.

Rescue boats from Nichol End Marine and Platty Plus were also called in to help, these larger boats to transfer two casualties with suspected back injuries to the boat landings where they were transferred to waiting ambulances. An RAF SeaKing had been called by the Coastguard Agency – the casualty with head injuries was winched from the rocks and flown direct to Cumberland Infirmary, along with the ambulance paramedic who continued to monitor and treat the casualty. Coastguard volunteers from Keswick and Maryport had also been called in by the Liverpool Coastguard. However, the management of, and the undertaking of the rescue on scene, was undertaken by the mountain rescue team, working in close association with the ambulance crews, rescue boats, police and the RAF. This was the first rescue undertaken by the Keswick team where the MCGA has taken over responsibility for rescue on the four ‘public access’ lakes in the Lake District – Windermere, Coniston, Ullswater and Derwentwater. It’s fair to say that there are certainly lessons to be learned with regard to MCGA plans for rescue on   Derwentwater following this incident. At time of writing, a multiagency debrief is about to take place and we are fairly sure of a full and frank discussion.

The second call of the day came late morning, to the assistance of a female walker who had suffered a series of faints whilst walking on Scales Fell,  Blencathra. The third call came mid afternoon. A 50 year old female walker from the Bolton area had slipped and sustained a suspected fractured lower leg at the head of Mousethwaite Coombe, Blencathra, whilst descending from a day’s walking. She was treated at the scene by the team and carried from the fell where she was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

The final call of the day came at approximately 6.15pm. A walker from the Kendal area had slipped and fallen, sustaining a suspected dislocated shoulder and a laceration to his head while descending from Scafell Pike at Esk Hause. Team members attended the scene and treated the casualty’s injuries. He was then airlifted by a SeaKing helicopter from RAF Boulmer (in less than ideal weather conditions!) and transferred to hospital in Carlisle.

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