Man dies while walking Yorkshire Three Peaks

Whernside, Yorkshire Dales
-Credit: (Image: Phil Bartle/Flickr)

A man has died close to the summit of one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Emergency services including Cumbria Police and North Yorkshire Police rushed to the scene on Saturday after receiving reports that an adult male was unconscious and not breathing close to the summit of Whernside, the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks located in the Yorkshire Dales.

Cave Rescue Organisation posted on its Facebook page that it attended and also requested help from Yorkshire Air Ambulance. It said two medical professionals also walking Whernside with a defibrillator had already started cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] but the man could not be saved.

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A spokesperson posted: "The team was alerted by both Cumbria Police and North Yorkshire Police to reports of an adult male who was unconscious and not breathing. Once it was established this was a single incident and the location was close to the summit of Whernside, which borders both counties, the team was able to respond.

"The team also made a request, through the police, for Yorkshire Air Ambulance to attend. Two medical professionals who were walking on Whernside had already begun CPR and they also had a defibrillator with them. Sadly, despite their best efforts and those of the helimed crew, the casualty could not be resuscitated.

"The team then worked with the helimed crew to evacuate the casualty to the roadhead for transfer to the police and ambulance crew. The team's thoughts are with the deceased's family and friends."