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Date of Incident

01/01/2005

Country

England

Route

Incident

The party consisted of an experienced climber and several younger novices. The more experienced climber rigged an abseil to access the platform at the base of the crag, but the abseil ended up in slightly the wrong place.

The abseil was rigged as an anchor point and then a rope was doubled up through the anchor point to allow retrieval of the rope after abseiling.

The experienced climber abseiled down first, and upon realising the line of the abseil was incorrect started swinging to access the platform. Knots had not been tied in the end of the abseil rope, and the sides of the rope were of unequal length. While swinging across one end of the rope went through the abseilers belay plate and they fell down a gully in to the sea, luckily avoiding several rocks.

Lessons

Check the line of the abseil before setting off. Tie knots in the end of the rope. Check the abseil rope reaches the base of the route with adequate rope to spare.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Descending

Injury

No injury

Causes

Abseil or rappel failure or error

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Partner

Wearing Helmets?

No

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

30 September 2023 at 04:25:47

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