(Photo: Simon Ledingham/ wikimedia.org) Helvellyn, Cumbria, Great Britain – Striding Edge, Red Tarn, Red Tarn Beck, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Castye Cam are shown in their winter coat of snow.
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RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Team attended two fallen on Helvellyn on the 23/2/13 (pictures just released )
The first job was to a fallen walker on the NE ridge decent. Casualty was airlifted by rescue 177 to Carlisle hospital.
The second was on 3 gully, Redtarn, Helvellyn. A climber had fallen suffering shoulder and ankle injuries. VMRT along with civilian MRTs stretchered the casualty to the awaiting helimed where he was flown to Carlisle hospital.
The primary role of RAF Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) is to respond to a military aircraft crash. RAF Valley MRT is one of 4 teams in the UK, and its area of responsibility takes in 16 counties including Wales, Cornwall, Devon and Lancashire.
They are trained and equipped to respond to a crash in the most inaccessible of terrain but we will equally respond to a crash in farmland to set up a cordon and protect the public from any potential hazards.
As a secondary role, they are available to assist civilian mountain rescue teams if required when walkers and climbers get into difficulty.
In both roles they work alongside the rescue helicopters of the RAF Search and Rescue Force. 22 Sqn C Flt operates out of RAF Valley also and they are often able to work together to make the most of the helicopters’ speed and lift but our ability to walk into bad weather!