A walker (f, 59) slipped on wet rock alongside Fell Beck, a few metres before it falls into Gaping Gill. There was initial confusion when she was reported to be ‘inside Gaping Gill caves’ and to have broken(?) her wrist, but once her location on the surface was confirmed, team members were able to respond appropriately. One, who was out for a walk, ran down from the top of Ingleborough and was able to advise what equipment would be needed. He also reported that the casualty had significant pain in her lower back, having landed on her coccyx. Other team members carried up the necessary equipment, administered pain relief, splinted the wrist and eased the casualty into an insulated casualty bag and onto a stretcher. Meanwhile, the availability of an air ambulance had been queried, but the weather was said to be against this. The casualty was carried down to a team Land Rover, waiting at the bottom of Trow Gill, having been further assessed by a YAS paramedic, on the way. Back in Clapham, she was handed over to a YAS ambulance crew for the journey to hospital.
Volunteer hours: 25