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Walker 'saves life' of fell runner

Posted 21 June 2012
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Walker 'saves life' of fell runner
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A fell runner's life was saved by an experienced fell walker in the Lake District, Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) has said.

Cat Whitehill, a trainee mountain leader, found the runner in a distressed state below O' Blisco in the Langdales last week.

The runner was turning blue, confused and unable to move, but she used her walking jacket to warm him up and managed to get him down off the mountain safely despite heavy rain and thick mist that made navigation difficult.

MRT leader Nick Owen told the Westmorland Gazette: "Arguably she's saved his life. There are competent people out there and she was certainly one of them."

Ms Whitehill said that without a compass and an Ordnance Survey map she would not have managed to find the way to safety.

The incident happened while a fell run was taking place around the area in severe conditions, which saw runners struggling to cross streams and even being swept down stream and needing rescue.

Pike O' Blisco stands 2,313 ft above sea level overlooking the lesser-known of the Lake District's two Red Tarns.  ADNFCR-2803-ID-801390471-ADNFCR