Three walkers rescued in 7.5 hour Lake District operation

The Westmorland Gazette: Three walkers rescued in 7.5 hour Lake District operation Three walkers rescued in 7.5 hour Lake District operation

MOUNTAIN rescue team members were called out three times yesterday (July 17) to assist injured walkers.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were first called out by Cumbria Police yesterday morning to help a 30-year-old man who had fallen near Striding Edge, Helvellyn, while walking with his dog.

Team members were flown by the North West Air Ambulance to the casualty at who had injured his ankle and treated him before airlifting from Red Tarn to the rescue centre.

While he was being transferred to hospital by County Ambulance, the team was called out to Aira Force where a woman had injured her ankle while walking close to the waterfall.

Patterdale MRT said National trust staff together with the woman’s husband could not get her to safe ground.

Her ankle was splinted before she was stretchered across Aira Force bridge and up a road to a waiting County Ambulance which took her to hospital.

After the 4.5-hour-long double rescue the team were called back to Helvellyn where a young girl was in a lot of pain after slipping and injuring her ankle while walking near Red Tarn outfall.

She was given pain relief and her ankle was splinted before being stretchered down the fellside to Glenridding Beck where the stretcher was hoisted to the track.

The casualty was then taken by a Land Rover on a track leading to Greenside Mines where she was handed over to a waiting County Ambulance to go to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.

Patterdale MRT then returned to the centre having been out for 7.5 hours on three consecutive rescues.

The Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team is celebrating 50 years this year of rescuing people on the fells in and around Ullswater.

They have rescued over 2000 people in that time with the help of volunteers.

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