Cumbria

James Kirk Blackburn named as walker killed in 600ft Scafell fall

  • 12 December 2012
  • From the section Cumbria
Scafell
Image caption The walker's companion tried to save him but became stuck

A walker who died when he fell 600ft (200m) down a Lake District mountain in snowy conditions has been named.

James Kirk Blackburn, 53, from Darrington, West Yorkshire slipped on frozen snow and ice on Lords Rake Traverse, Scafell, on Monday.

Mr Blackburn died at the scene. A team of 17 mountain rescuers and the Sea King helicopter winched another man, 64, from the Nottingham area to safety.

He was airlifted to West Cumberland Hospital and was discharged later.

Police said initial enquiries suggested there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and the coroner had been informed.

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