It has been revealed this morning that the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team volunteer who fell 150 metres whilst trying to rescue two ‘Covidiots’, is expected to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, as per BBC Radio Cumbria.
Volunteer Mountain Rescue Team member Chris Lewis went to help two campers who were later fined £200 for breaking lockdown restrictions.
‘Covidiots’ is a term widely used when referring to the individuals who blatantly ignore the restrictions put in place to help protect the NHS from being overwhelmed by Covid patients.
In the early hours of 6th February, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out to assist the campers on Red Screes above Kirkstone Pass.
Whilst the team of volunteers was making its way to the casualty, Chris, an experienced team member, fell 150 metres down a steep slope, sustaining life-changing injuries.
Chris was given immediate medical attention by fellow team members and airlifted to hospital where he remains in a serious, but stable, condition.
As well as his spinal injury, Chris also suffered multiple facial fractures in the horrific fall.
The original casualty was taken to hospital where he quickly recovered.
The casualty and his companion had travelled from outside Cumbria and were fined for contravening Covid travel restrictions.
Chris is one of 40 volunteers stationed with the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team that typically responds to approximately 70 incidents a year.
A JustGiving page has been set up for Chris with a target of £500k.
So far, £154k has been raised.
If you would like to contribute to the crowdfunder, then click HERE
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