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#52036 - 07/11/09 01:40 PM Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue
DollywagonDave Offline
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Registered: 22/06/08
Posts: 49
Loc: Manchester, England
On August 4th this year,whilst negotiating the valley route from Dollywaggon Pike down into Patterdale, during my 4th consequtive C2C, I experienced the most horrendous weather conditions of all my crossings!

The rain was horizontal and all the becks were like mini Victoria falls!!

Whilst walking down the valley, the paths having become swollen streams, one of my party, a South african Lady named Rilda, slipped on a rock and broke her ankle.

Three of our party went to summon help whilst two of us stayed with the casualty.

Two and a half hours later, the cavalry arrived, in the form of Patterdale and Penrith Mountain rescue teams.

Having been exposed to torrential rain, and imobile for that length of time, all three of us were mighty glad to see them coming, being very near to becoming hyperthermic.

These men and women were superb in every way and it isn't until one calls upon their expertise that one realises what a terrific job these volunteers do!!

I will never forget the skill, energy and totally professional approach that each and every one of them displayed and it is with heartfelt thanks that I share my admiration of their work with all who read this.

I would urge all who have occasion to need their services to endeavour to raise much needed funds for them at every opportunity.

I was also minded of the fantastic sense of "community" that one experiences when fellow walkers encounter one in obvious difficulties.

Passing C2C ers donated tots of Rum (One gave us a full flask!) food, waterproof covers and many other forms of unsolicited support and if any of those people are reading this, I bow to your selflesness and kindness.

The goodness of humanity is alive and well and flourishes to amazing degree within the walking fraternity.

God bless you all!! (Back next year with the injured one, who is determined to finish!!)

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#52037 - 07/11/09 02:34 PM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: DollywagonDave]
lightweightmick Offline
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Registered: 18/11/04
Posts: 1697
Loc: North Derbyshire UK
Thanks for posting this...
Is this the incident Dave?
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#52038 - 07/11/09 03:42 PM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: lightweightmick]
DollywagonDave Offline
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Registered: 22/06/08
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Loc: Manchester, England
Simply saying a very belated "thank you" to all involved, both the Mountain Rescue Teams and all walkers who helped us out in whatever way, it will be forever remembered with total admiration and gratitude.

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#52052 - 08/11/09 01:41 PM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: DollywagonDave]
lightweightmick Offline
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Registered: 18/11/04
Posts: 1697
Loc: North Derbyshire UK
"Our Team is made up entirely of volunteers and we are available and on call for 24 hours a day, every day of the year. We have a wide variety of “day jobs” and we are very proud of the voluntary tradition of our mountain search and rescue service.

Team members all have mountaineering skills, first aid qualifications and local knowledge and many have expertise in specialist mountain casualty care, advanced first aid, emergency off- and on-road driving and water rescue."

all major cards accepted (though unfortunately not PayPal)

Thankfully my only experience with MR to date is waiting 2 hrs with an isolated scramble biker who had come off on a bend and smashed his leg until a paramedic arrived, on foot, followed by Buxton MRT and the Air Ambulance. I would like to think that the biker shared your sentiments...
It's only through fundraising and donations that they might be there for us and others in times of need - well equipped and well trained...
That's why I say 'thanks for posting this' as anything that helps to raise awareness of MRT can only be a good thing!
cheers
lwm
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#52057 - 08/11/09 04:04 PM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: lightweightmick]
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Registered: 30/07/09
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Loc: Yorkshire
I trust your feelings about NEDSAR are, like mine, unprintable then! (Even under its new incarnation)

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#52060 - 08/11/09 05:45 PM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: slowcoach]
Lounge Lizard Offline
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Registered: 07/05/06
Posts: 2013
Loc: Stafford
Having discovered the following methinks there could be some confusion brtween NEDSAR and NESRA ;

A VOLUNTARY search and rescue organisation that co-ordinates teams in the North-East has distanced itself from a new group formed to help people in difficulty.

In a statement issued last night, the North-East Search and Rescue Association (Nesra) said that "it is in no way associated with" the North-East Discovery Search and Rescue, (Nedsar) which was formed last October.

The group hit the headlines last week when its head, Chris Readings, was forced to quit after it emerged he turned up at a London bomb blast in 1999 wearing a paramedic-style uniform.

Nesra spokesman Chris Roberts said last night: "Nesra is firmly of the view, based on its experience over the past 30 years, that there is no operational requirement for a further search and rescue team in the North-East of England.

"Indeed, Nesra and its member teams are concerned that establishing a further search and rescue team without a proper investigation as to whether there is a need for another team or not, could positively dilute the existing service that has met the needs of the North-East so successfully for so long.

"Nesra is happy to reassure the people of the North-East that its volunteers remain as ready to respond today to any cry for search and rescue, in any conditions, as at any time in the past 30 years."

Nesra comprises seven of the region's search and rescue teams - Cleveland, North of Tyne, Northumberland National Park, Scarborough, Swaledale, Teesdale and Weardale, and the RAF Mountain Rescue Team.

Nedsar is made up of four-wheel drive enthusiasts who will take doctors and medical equipment to patients in bad weather or over difficult terrain.

The group's spokesman, Michael Kincaid, refuted the claims and said it provided a valuable service and had more expertise in covering difficult driving country.

He said: "I can't see how we would dilute the service that Nesra offer. We are not trying to take anything away from them as an organisation.

"As far as I know, there is no specific 4x4 vehicle rescue organisation.

"We have the equipment and we have the expertise, and can get professional people with supplies to injured people who are in places that are difficult to reach.

"We do not provide the same service as Nesra, but we would like to think we could work hand in hand with them."

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#52073 - 08/11/09 10:31 PM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: Lounge Lizard]
slowcoach Offline
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Registered: 30/07/09
Posts: 1925
Loc: Yorkshire
No, no confusion. For a few years NEDSAR had been the bane of the north. They had been refused affiliation to the association of search and rescue teams and were shunned by most authorities because of their activities.

they were basically a group of chancers who used the umbrella of being a search and rescue team to practice by tearing over private land in their 4x4. Many landowners banned them because of the damage that they did. Official warnings were sent out by the police to avoid dealings with them for reasons that your posts highlight.

They have now changed their name and the focus of their activities but are still unauthorised as a S and R group

My post was specifically about them!

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#52076 - 09/11/09 11:47 AM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: DollywagonDave]
RichardJ Offline
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Registered: 10/02/00
Posts: 160
Loc: Warrington, UK
Originally Posted By: DollywagonDave
Passing C2C ers donated tots of Rum (One gave us a full flask!) food, waterproof covers and many other forms of unsolicited support and if any of those people are reading this, I bow to your selflesness and kindness.


Good work and well done, but please remember that alcohol speeds the onset of hypothermia, which ain't good.

BTW - Cockermouth MRT were called out at least four times this year for Coast to Coasters getting lost in Ennerdale. Obviously the walkers had omitted their Rubik's cubes.

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#52077 - 09/11/09 01:40 PM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: RichardJ]
Janice & Rottie Offline
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Registered: 30/06/05
Posts: 516
Loc: Coniston, Cumbria, UK
And believe me, we are just as relieved to see our 'casualties' as they are to see us.
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#52096 - 09/11/09 08:37 PM Re: Patterdale and Penrith Mountain Rescue [Re: Janice & Rottie]
tim smith Offline
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Registered: 28/10/06
Posts: 1054
Loc: england
Originally Posted By: Janice & Rottie
And believe me, we are just as relieved to see our 'casualties' as they are to see us.


Yes Janice , I can quite believe it.

how are your knees doing, are you allowed out now on active searches.
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