Incident Statistics

statsIndividual team incidents

Most teams publish full details of all incidents on their own websites. Typically, full details are given of the casualties (such as number, gender and age) as well as the nature of the incident (search and/or rescue) and the resources deployed. In some cases teams provide up-to-date records on an incident-by-incident basis. Numerous examples can be listed but some are – Coniston MRT, Galway MRT, SARDA – Southern Scotland, Ogwen Valley MRO. Some teams publish and distribute annual reports, which include annotated summaries of the year’s incidents (e.g. Keswick MRT).

National records

MREW and SMR maintain and publish annual reports that summarise the incidents of all teams. Typically, they include information on a variety of topics such as the number of incidents, number of people injured/fatal/assisted, activities (mountaineering and non-mountaineering), causes of incidents, injuries sustained, assets involved (e.g. dog teams, SAR helicopters). National reports typically lag behind those of individual teams. The latest reports (2014 incidents) can be download here (MREW) and (SMR). MRI is presently developing a new system for reporting incidents.

Independent research

Some organisations and individuals publish occasional reports based on the analysis of incident data. Mountaineering organisations such as the British Mountaineering Council and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland often comment of safety issues based on incident data.  Some are –

Centre for Search Research

Ministry of Defence

Mountaineering Council of Scotland