Two Dead In Lakes Accidents

Two walkers have died in the Langdale area in separate incidents.


Posted: 5 February 2009
by Jon

Sadly the BBC is reporting that two walkers have died in bad conditions in the Lake District.

The first, reportedly a man in his 60s died after falling approximately 100 metres near Pavey Ark in Langdale. He was airlifted to hospital in Whitehaven but died later.

The second fatality also took place in the Langdale area, apparently the body was discovered below the Climbers Traverse on Bowfell by rescue teams looking for a 60-year-old-man who had failed to return to his car last night.

The latest sad incidents underline the hazards of winter conditions in the mountains and follow on from a series of warning by mountain rescue teams in various areas including the Lakes, where one of the Weatherline fell top assessors recently confessed to amazement at the attitude, clothing and equipment of some walkers.

There's no suggestion that either of the two incidents were in any way due to poor clothing, equipment or attitude, but the spate of recent accidents underlines the potential dangers in the hills in the current conditions.

BBC report at news.bbc.co.uk.

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