Walkers celebrating new year in Lake District rescued
Two experienced and well-equipped hikers had to be rescued in the Lake District after one broke her ankle.
Volunteers from Keswick Mountain Rescue were joined by members of the RAF just 44 minutes into 2023 after two women decided to see in the new year on the top of Green Gable.
The two hikers had considered the weather forecast but later decided to turn back as conditions worsened.
Keswick Mountain Rescue posted: "When they reached Green Gable conditions were impressively unpleasant with strong winds blowing persistent rain, sleet, hail and snow so they wisely turned back.
"Unfortunately on the descent one of them slipped and fell breaking her ankle so they called 999 and asked for Mountain Rescue.
"Keswick team responded quickly (those that were able!) but as luck would have it members of RAF Valley and RAF Lossiemouth have been staying in Keswick base for a few days and were able to boost our numbers considerably.
"The teams approached from Honister then the steep mine track up towards Dubs Hut.
"Due to the location and potential difficulty in extracting the casualty the Coast Guard were also tasked. Rescue 936 from Caernarfon attempted to approach from Wasdale and Ennerdale but they were forced to turn back because of the conditions.
"The casualty and her friend plus two dogs were found exactly on their 'Phone Find' location."
The casualty was loaded onto a stretcher and brought back to Honister.
Keswick Mountain Rescue added: "We owe a huge debt of thanks to the RAF MR team members who came out and helped with the callout. What a memorable start to the new year."
Fourteen mountain rescue members and eleven RAF Valley MR team members took part in the operation.