UK coastguards

  1. Helicopter winches walker stuck on 'unusual descent route'

    A Coastguard helicopter flew close to the towering cliff faces of Great End in the Lake District to winch up a walker who got stuck while trying to find a way down the mountain.

    Walker circled in red, on cliff face with helicopter above

    The walker had been with a group but split away and in the words of a member of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team "decided on an unusual direct descent".

    Mountain rescue volunteers from Keswick and Cockermouth stood by while the helicopter, which is based at Prestwick, winched the man up and flew him down the valley to Seathwaite, none the worse for his experience.

  2. Stranded climbers rescued in overnight Scafell operation

    Volunteers from two mountain rescue teams and a Coastguard helicopter spent nine hours through the night rescuing three climbers from a huge crag on Scafell, England's second highest mountain.

    Buttress with climbers in centre

    The three were climbing up a crack or chimney on the 200ft buttress when their ropes became snagged so they were trapped half-way.

    The alarm was raised when their torches were seen flashing at about 21:50 on Saturday night.

    Members of the Wasdale and Duddon and Furness teams were lifted to the summit above them by the helicopter, so they could set up a system of ropes and descend down the cliffs, collecting the stranded climbers on the way.

    The operation took until 07:15 on Sunday morning, and according to a rescue team spokesman used 750m, or almost half a mile, of rope.

    The scene by daylight
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  4. Fishermen's 'lucky' escape as rock sinks boat

    Two fishermen had a "lucky" escape after their boat was sunk by a large rock hauled up in their nets, the coastguard has said.

    The pair were fishing for prawns 18 miles off the Tyneside coast when they brought the boulder on board.

    Severn class lifeboat

    The coastguard and Tynemouth RNLI were alerted by a concerned relative of the crew at about 14:00 BST on Sunday.

    The lifeboat found the pair in a raft after the duo activated an emergency position beacon.

  5. Girls injured in forest track quad bike crash

    Two girls were injured and reported as trapped underneath a quad bike after an accident on a forest track near Claife Heights in South Cumbria.

    Scene of crash

    Staff from emergency services including Coniston Mountain Rescue Team, police, coastguard and air ambulances went to the scene, after the accident yesterday at about 17:00.

    One of the casualties suffered a shoulder injury and the other, suspected spinal damage, but after first aid and assessment they were judged safe for a trip to hospital by road.