Second fell walker dies
Friday 31 December 2010
A second fell walker has died after falling from the summit of a mountain.
Police and Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to reports that a man in his 40s had fallen from Helvellyn in the Lake District.
The man had been out walking close to Swirral Edge with a group of friends just before 2pm on Thursday.
Philip Ashton, 43, from Haydock, near St Helens, was winched on to an RAF helicopter and airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for treatment for head injuries but later died.
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.
Mr Ashton's family has been informed and the case has been passed to the coroner.
This is the second death after a fall from Swirral Edge this week.
On Monday, Alan Burns, 39, from Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, was out walking on Helvellyn with two friends when he fell through a cornice of snow on Swirral Edge.
A search and rescue operation was launched and Mr Burns was taken by RAF helicopter to Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where he died from his injuries.
An outdoor enthusiast and experienced mountaineer, Mr Burns was a member of Preston Climbing Club and a former mountain rescue team member.
He was a father to two children, Evan, four, and Honor, two.
Today his family paid tribute to him.
His wife, Kerry Burns, said: "Alan was much loved by everyone. He was very much a family man, a wonderful husband and father, and a kind and generous friend. He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him. We are absolutely devastated."
His mother, Ann Burns, said: "Alan loved life and loved the outdoors, and thoroughly enjoyed walking and climbing in the hills."
She added: "It was something that was a part of him and made him very happy."
Police and mountain rescue team leaders are reminding walkers to take extra care and ensure they are fully equipped for the conditions before taking to the fells.
Malaysia Airlines plane crash exposes alarming flaw in airline security: over one billion flights made last year without stolen-passport check
Swarm of killer bees sting woman 1,000 times
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Oil slicks in South China Sea ‘not from missing jet’, officials say
Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete throws up as court hears 'graphic details' of Reeva Steenkamp's autopsy
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
- 1 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 2 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 3 Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote in North Korean elections
- 4 David Cameron resorts to paying for Facebook fans because not enough people like him
- 5 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
£12000 per annum: Inspiring Interns: Our client is a leading digital agency bu...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Charter Selection: Global leader in its respective ...
£130 - £161 per day: Randstad Education Nottingham: Do you have a qualificatio...
£6720 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Nottingham: The school is much la...