A MAN walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge was evacuated after falling and sustaining an open ankle fracture on Ingleborough.

The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) was called out to the incident at around 10am on Saturday.

Neither the CRO team nor the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) were able to locate the walking group using the PhoneFind application, as the phone numbers used to contact the emergency services had the 'wrong' privacy settings.

A CRO spokesman said the verbal desription suggested the group had been descending the Swine Tail path.

The CRO team waited at the road head while an air ambulance flew in.

The CRO spokesman said paramedics lifted the injured walker into the helicopter with the help of his companions.

The air ambulance flew to Clapham to transfer the casualty to a road ambulance and the CRO team was stood down.

Also on Saturday, CRO was put on standby by YAS following the report another Three Peaks walker, a 28-year-old male, had fallen and sustained a broken ankle. However, it turned out this was on Philpin Lane (on tarmac) and the CRO team was stood down.

The previous Thursday, CRO received a call at around 2.40pm, with a 79-year-old man reported to be 'dizzy and faint, unable to walk' on Pen-y-ghent. 

However, the man was, in the end, able to descend without CRO assistance, accompanied by one of the walkers who had initially found him to be in difficulty. 

Arrangements were made for an ambulance to meet the man in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, and the CRO team was stood down.