Cragfast walker rescued by helicopter

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A combined agency response took place yesterday (29 Aug) to rescue an individual that had become cragfast on Great End. The incident involved Keswick & Cockermouth mountain rescue teams, along with the Coastguard. 

A party of walkers were descending from Great End in good clear conditions when one of the party split from the group and decided on an unusual direct descent towards Sprinkling Tarn. 

A spokesperson from KMRT said:

"Unfortunately he became cragfast about a third of the way up the cliff and made the wise decision to call 999 for help.

"A Cockermouth MRT member was in the vicinity and provided good intelligence on the situation and means of extraction. While Keswick MRT made their way up Grains Gill for a potential rope rescue from the summit of Great End, a request was also made to the Coastguard for helicopter support.

"At 16.30 Coastguard R199 winched the walker and took him down to Seathwaite in Borrowdale, and the Keswick team returned back down Grains Gill."

The rescue comprised 14 team members, and took 3 hours 20 minutes. 

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