Man dies after falling 300ft at Lancashire beauty spot

A man in his 50s has died after falling more than 300ft from the limestone cliffs at Warton Crag, near Carnforth.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 10:05 am
Updated Monday, 28th September 2020, 10:08 am

The man's body was recovered by mountain rescue teams after he fell 100 metres (328ft) to his death at around 10.40am on Saturday (September 26).

Local nature volunteers alerted the emergency services to the man's fall and began administering CPR whilst awaiting their arrival.

North West Ambulance Service and Lancashire Police were called out, along with the Great North Air Ambulance Service and Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.

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A man in his 50s has died after falling more than 300ft from the limestone cliffs at Warton Crag, near Carnforth. His body was recovered by mountain rescue volunteers on Saturday (September 26). Pic: BPMRT

Mountain Rescue volunteers were first on the scene and gave the man CPR in a bid to save his life, but he was later pronounced dead by medics.

Police say the man's death is not being treated as suspicious.

A police spokesman said: "We were called at 10.45am on Saturday (September 26) to reports a man had fallen from a cliff close to Crag Road, Warton, Carnforth.

"Despite the best efforts of the emergency services a man, believed to be in his 50s, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The man, aged in his 50s, died after falling more than 100 metres (320ft) from the limestone cliffs of Warton Crag, near Carnforth

"His death is not being treated as suspicious.

"A file will be passed to HM Coroner in due course."

A pictured shared by Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team shows volunteers carrying the man's body respectfully to a waiting ambulance.

It was the 63rd call out of the year for Bowland Pennine MRT, with 18 volunteers making their way to the crag to help with rescue efforts.

The team remained at the scene until 2.50pm whilst police completed their duties, before carrying the man's body on a stretcher from the bottom of the crag to a nearby car park.

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A spokesman for BPMRT said: "We received a call from the North West Ambulance Service and Lancashire Police about a male who had fallen 100 metres off the crag at Warton in North Lancashire.

"Our first team member on scene attempted CPR along with local nature volunteers, but unfortunately by the time The Great North Air Ambulance arrived he was pronounced deceased.

"Once the Lancashire Police duty Inspector and scene of crime officer had completed their duties at scene, the rescue team carried out the short carry off from the bottom of the crag to the carpark on our mountain rescue Bell stretcher.

"A very big thank you to our team members, local volunteers and to all agencies on another weekend call out.

"Our thoughts go to the deceased's family for which will be a very difficult time."