A MULTI-agency rescue operation lasting seven hours was launched on Sunday morning in an SOS call to Scafell Pike.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team received a call just after 3.30 am from Cumbria Police, about two stricken walkers who had got lost high on Scafell Pike in the mist.

Having spent hours trying to find their way, one of the walkers, a female, sustained several injuries having tripped and slipped multiple times.

With some members of the Wasdale team away on training courses, Duddon and Furness received the SOS.

The teams found the walkers and provided them with shelter, additional clothing, food, and drink.

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The injured walker was in ‘significant pain’, and could not walk off the mountain.

At this point, a Maritime and Coastguard helicopter (Rescue 936) travelled from Caernarfon, and the walker was given strong pain relief, before being winched into the helicopter and taken to hospital.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team posted: "We wish her a quick recovery.

"Many thanks to Duddon and Furness MRT and the crew of Rescue 936 once again.

"A great team effort again."