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Falling walker lands on rescuers

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Julian Carradice tells what happened

A Lake District walker fell 80ft (24m) from a notorious rock face and landed on top of mountain rescuers who were treating another casualty.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue were called on Thursday after a 32-year-old man fell from Broad Stand, near Scafell.

When they arrived a second man, aged 43, fell from the cliff on to them.

Neither walker suffered life-threatening injuries, but team leader Julian Carradice said he had never heard of such an incident in 30 years.

We heard a scuffing noise and a shout, and we looked up and saw another one falling
Julian Carradice, Wasdale Mountain Rescue

Broad Stand is a well-known accident blackspot, where walkers must jump down about 7ft (2m) to take a shortcut between Scafell and Scafell Pike.

People who slip and fall at the spot are often killed, said Mr Carradice.

He said: "We had just arrived at the scene and we were treating the first casualty when we heard a scuffing noise and a shout, and we looked up and saw another one falling.

"He hit the sloping ground above me and fell towards me. I held out my arms to try to break his fall."

Both walkers suffered arm injuries and were airlifted to Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital by a helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Mr Carradice, who was not hurt, added: "We've never had anything like that. It's not uncommon to have two incidents in the same area, but those involved are usually walking together.

"In this case the walkers were totally unrelated."



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