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2011 'quieter year' for mountain rescues

Posted 4 January 2012
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2011 'quieter year' for mountain rescues
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The Lake District's Mountain Rescue teams (MRTs) had a much quieter year in 2011 than in 2010, it has been revealed.

Teams around the national park have noted the lower numbers of call-outs, the Westmorland Gazette reported, with Patterdale MRT following its highest annual total in 2010 - 82 - with a record low of 42 last year.

Overall, the tally is expected to have dropped from around 600 to 500.

And the number of rescues can be reduced further if those musing a walking GPS do not rely solely on this but take their Ordnance Survey maps along as well, leader of Duddon and Furness MRT and training officer for the organisation across England and Wales Mike Margeson told the paper.

He advised: "Always head out with a map and compass, and know how to use it and make sure your phone is charged up - over 60 per cent of all rescues are instigated via a phone call."

The new year has already seen its first Lake District mountain rescue, however, after the Coniston team had to stretcher a woman off the fells after she slipped and broke her leg.