Four injured in lightning strikes in Cumbria


Four walkers have been injured in lightning strikes in the Lake District in three separate incidents.

All were rescued by the same Royal Navy Sea King helicopter from hillside locations on Wednesday afternoon.

It is believed that none of the walkers was seriously hurt. Police said the first victim was a man on Grasmoor near Buttermere.

Lightning then struck between a pair of walkers in Braithwaite, and the final victim was a woman in Buttermere.

The first call came in to Cockermouth Mountain Rescue team just after 1500 BST.

It was reported that a man in his 50s had been struck by lightning at Lad Hows, Grasmoor, blown 30 ft (9m) and left unconscious for a short time.

Meanwhile, the Keswick Mountain Rescue team received a call about an incident at Crag Hill, near Braithwaite, where lightning had hit the ground between two people, blowing them off their feet.

Singed hair

The Royal Navy Sea King from HMS Gannet in Prestwick was called first to rescue the injured man at Grasmoor.

While on the way to drop the man at a location at where he could be picked up by ambulance, the helicopter was diverted to the second incident.

The helicopter crew rescued the injured pair, along with an uninjured third person who had been with them, and dropped all four at the Buttermere Hotel to be transported to the West Cumberland Hospital.

At 1535 BST the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue was called to the third incident at Whiteless Pike in Buttermere.

It was reported a woman in her 30s had been struck on the head by lightning and had singed hair.

She too was rescued by the Royal Navy helicopter, taken to Buttermere Hotel and then transported by ambulance to hospital.

A Royal Navy spokeswoman said: "It is relatively unusual to have four people from two separate incidents in a helicopter. And their conditions, too, were relatively unusual."

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