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Concern over fell walking deaths
Scafell Pike
Rescue operations are common on Scafell Pike
Mountain rescuers are becoming increasingly concerned about the number of serious or fatal accidents on the Cumbrian fells.

On Friday a 59-year-old man died on Scafell Pike and the following day a teenage girl was badly hurt by falling rocks at Dungeon Ghyll.

The previous weekend Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team dealt with six incidents in a single day.

Member Richard Warren said the recent warm weather could be a factor.

He said: "I think the good weather is encouraging people to get on the mountains, but also people in their later years are now much more active, and three out of the past seven fatalities have been heart attacks.

"Some people are ill-prepared but there's a lot of navigational errors.

"Scafell Pike for example is notoriously difficult to come off in the mist and people do need to understand their map and compass to find their way off safely."

The number of people fatally injured while walking in the Lakes recently reached a 17-year high.

In 2006, 28 people died and teams dealt with 396 incidents according to figures from the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association.




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