Terrible news from Keswick MRT
A 60 year old experienced mountain biker was reported as missing after a planned ride round Skiddaw. The Police asked the Team to search his likely route, and a number of Team members, assisted by 6 handlers and search dogs from the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs, set off to comb the area, focussing on the tracke between Dash Falls, Skiddaw House and Keswick. The missing man's body was found after 2 and a half hours by a search dog attached to Patterdale MRT, 60 metres down a steep rocky gully close to Lonscale Fell. He had obviously fallen a long way, and had suffered multiple fatal injuries. His bike was found fairly close to a path section on Lonscale Fell which is notoriously slippery when wet,and which has seen a number of accidents.
The Team had to set up a lowering system to safely recover his body 400 metres down to the track below, where it was handed over to the relevant authorities.
Thoughts and condolences to friends and family.
Know a lot of riders up there... Take care everyone.