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Worn out boots blamed for Lakes tragedy

Posted 19 July 2012
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Worn out boots blamed for Lakes tragedy
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The importance of having good walking boots and replacing old pairs when they cease to be useful has been emphasised in an inquest following a Lake District tragedy.

Peter Huntley, a 55-year-old from Preston, slipped to his death while scrambling above Blea Water on the High Street ridge in February, his partner Catherine Thick stated.

Ms Thick said Mr Huntley had been wearing "very worn" boots and had lost his footing because of this.

John Taylor, who was with Mr Huntley when the incident occurred, said the pair had stopped scrambling to take photograohs when his friend started slipping.

The Westmorland Gazette quoted coroner Ian Smith, who recorded a verdict of accidental death, as saying: "We have heard that his boots might not have been up for the job. If he had been wearing his plastic boots with the crampons, things could have been different."

Although the summit ridge of High Street is long and flat, Blea Water lies in a very steep and deep corrie, with the tarn itself being the third deepest body of water in England at 207 ft. ADNFCR-2803-ID-801411405-ADNFCR