Rescuers called out after calls for help were heard on a Lakeland ridge discovered a dog had fallen to its death.
Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted today about 3.50pm after a woman walking in the Helvellyn area heard shouts and spotted a group in distress on Swirral Edge, one of the two arêtes leading to the summit of the mountain.
The walker rang police and mountain rescue, fearing someone had fallen.
A Patterdale MRT spokesperson said: “A number of Patterdale team member were deployed on to the fell where they met a large family group coming down.
“The group acknowledged that it was probably their cries that the reporting person had heard. The family pet a 30kg rottweiler had fallen from Swirral Edge into Brown Cove.
“The father of the group managed to scramble down to the dog but discovered that it had sustained fatal injuries in the fall.”
Team members escorted the group back to their vehicle in Glenridding.