With approximately 16 million visitors each year The Lake District is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Many of the visitors come to walk, hike and enjoy the magnificence of the mountains, valleys, towns, villages and undoubtedly the Lakes. With so many visitors it's little wonder that there are times when the Cumbria Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) are needed.
Responding to emergencies the teams deal with hundreds of incidents every year and yet these highly trained people are all volunteers, relying on charitable donations to continue their much needed, and often life saving, work.
In 2016 the rescue team at Wasdale responded to six emergencies in just 12 hours. They stated they were 'shocked' at how many walkers knew few 'basic outdoor skills'. In the infographic below we take a look at some statistics on rescues across the Cumbria region. The piece also includes some advice from the MRTs on the importance of following the country Code and how best to stay safe.
Providing hints and tips of what you should be aware of, and what you should always take with you, when walking in The Lake District, the infographic offers some vital information that could just help to save your life. So read on to find out more about Safety in the Lakes.
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VISITORS PER YEAR: 16 million
AREA CUMBRIA COVERS: 6,768km(2)
POPULATION OF CUMBRIA: 500,000
RESCUE CALL OUTS IN 2015: 535
NUMBER OF FATALITIES IN 2015: 30
INCREASE IN INCIDENTS FROM MOUNTAIN BIKING FROM PREVIOUS YEAR IS: 185%
Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams Incidents & Deaths 1968 -2015 [Chart]
Before stepping out on the fells, you should prepare carefully for all eventualities.
Weather in the mountains is generally colder and more severe than in the valleys. Rain, snow, and fog are possible at any time of the year.
Include how many people are in your party, their names, ages, and any factors that may affect their health, such as chronic diseases or disabilities. Also a description of what everyone is wearing will help if you need to be searched for.
Take at least 1 pint of water fore very hour you'll be hiking. Water can be heavy, so a water filter is a great investment and means you can fill up at streams and lakes. Popular food choices are jerky, dried fruit, fig bars, nuts, and energy bars.
Keep an eye on the weather. Clouds, wind, and pressure can indicate approaching bad weather. Keep your party together. Only go as fast as the slowest member of your group. Watch out for signs of hypothermia. Keep others aware of any changes in your plans whenever possible.
MAKE NOTE OF:
DIAL 999 OR 112 AND ASK FOR"Cumbria Police" and then "Mountain Rescue".
Don't panic. If you call for help, stay in the same position until you are found. When using the whistle, blow 6 hard blasts in a minute. Stop for 1 minute and then repeat. Continue until someone reaches you. Don't stop even if you hear a reply as the sound may be a direction finder. Be prepared to turn back. The weather can turn against you very quickly. Be aware of your limits. Don't try to exceed your experience. Avoid unstable areas or steep slopes, especially in snow or ice.
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