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Mountain rescue team has first call-out of the year

Posted 3 January 2012
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Mountain rescue team has first call-out of the year
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Coniston Mountain Rescue Team has carried out its first operation of 2012, after a woman slipped and broke her leg.

The injured walker suffered the accident above Miner's Bridge on the Old Man of Coniston and the team reported it to be a "relatively easy" task to deal with, strapping her leg and stretchering her down to an ambulance.

While such incidents are always a risk, having the right footwear can help reduce the danger and crampons may be essential for safety when mountains are covered in snow and ice.

Walkers should also wear winter jackets to avoid hypothermia incidents, with this danger being increased if they do have an accident and are stuck up a hill for a long time.

Some past incidents involving the Coniston team have been distinctly tricky, including the 1995 case when an unexploded bomb was found during a training exercise in an old mine shaft below the Lever's Water dam.

The device - which was destroyed by Army bomb disposal experts - only failed to go off because whoever dropped it had used a dry fuse, with the damp environment causing it to go out.