On Wednesday afternoon the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team received a call to an incident on Broad Stand on England’s second highest mountain, Scafell. The casualty was initially attended to by a passing doctor and was then joined by the crew of the Great North Air Ambulance. The Caernarfon Coastguard Helicopter also attended and was able to lift 2 people, companions of the injured party, from the rocks above the incident. It then carried team members up to the scene to assist with the casualty. Unfortunately, the casualty was declared deceased during the rescue.
Broad Stand is a well-known accident spot and is made up of some tricky scrambling terrain and is quite exposed in places. The Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team website has a section on Broad that states “There is no easy route direct from Scafell to Scafell Pike. Broad Stand is the series of rock steps and slabs which link Scafell to Mickledore on Scafell Pike. It has been described as a scramble but has moves of rock climbing difficulty above large drops and an unforgiving landing – in the event of a fall. The rock is often slippery. n poor visibility it can be hard to find the correct route which weaves a complex route between Scafell Crag and Scafell East Buttress.
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