A 50-year-old man has died after falling nearly 500ft while walking to a beauty spot in the Lake District.
The hiker, who has not been named, was with a group of eight friends who had planned to spend the night in the Priest’s Hole cave on Dove Crag, 4.4 miles from Glenridding, Cumbria.
Hiker slipped from ledge
Cumbria Police alerted members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team at 10pm on Saturday following a 999 call reporting that the man had fallen down the front face of the fell.
A Coastguard helicopter from Prestwick in Scotland assisted in the seven-hour operation, along with Penrith and Kirkby Stephen mountain rescue teams.
Patterdale MRT leader Mike Blakey said: “The helicopter was able to direct the team straight to the man’s location, approximately 50 metres below the bottom of the main crag. The man, who had slipped from the ledge, had fallen approximately 150 metres vertically and had sustained fatal injuries.”
Visitors told to come equipped
There has been an increase in visitor numbers to the Priest’s Hole since it featured in a BBC documentary earlier this year.
The cave is on the front face of a vertical cliff and is only accessible by one route.
Mr Blakey warned people to be cautious when attempting to reach it and said it was best to arrive in daylight and good weather.
A man suffered very serious injuries while trying to access the location during the summer, Mr Blakey added.
He said: “‘This group of friends were very well equipped and prepared for their adventure. However, as a team, we are seeing more and more people who are attempting to locate the Priest’s Hole in the dark and without the right equipment.
“Indeed, during this rescue, we came across three men who had been searching for the cave for a couple of hours.”
Source: BBC News
Date Published: October 29, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown