Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue team has record year

Volunteers from a Cumbrian mountain rescue team experienced their busiest ever year in 2012.

Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue team responded to 55 callouts, including one case where a dialysis patient was taken to hospital.

Team leader Eddie Harrison said members had been called upon to take the man for his treatment after he was cut off by snow.

"A lot of it [the callouts] is weather related," Mr Harrison said.

Last year's record beat a previous high of 52 set in 2004.

The team has 40 members providing a 24-hour service. Up to 20 volunteers respond to each call.

Other rescue teams in Cumbria had reported quieter years, Mr Harrison said.

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