A man has died after falling 600ft in icy conditions from England’s second-highest mountain.
The walker slipped and fell from the Lord’s Rake traverse path on Scafell today.
His companion had to be rescued after getting stuck on crags.
Rescuers were alerted at 10am after police received a 999 call saying a walker had fallen and suffered serious injuries on the 964m (3,163ft) mountain.
Richard Warren of Wasdale Mountain Team said the two men, who were from outside Cumbria, were making their way across the Lord’s Rake traverse path, Scafell, Wasdale when one of them slipped on the frozen snow and ice and fell around 200m (600ft.).
The Wasdale team mobilised 17 of its members and also requested help from the neighbouring Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team.
A Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland flew to the scene.
Mr Warren said: “The RAF managed to winch the cragfast walker off the mountain and assisted the team with the recovery of the walker who sadly did not survive his fall.
“The team would like to extend thanks to the crew of the helicopter for what was a very challenging rescue.
“The team wishes to extend our sympathy to the man’s family.”
He said the rescue operation ended at 1.30pm.
Mr Warren, the team’s spokesman, added: “Walkers are reminded that the high fells are still in full winter conditions, especially north-facing gullies where ice axes and crampons are essential along with the knowledge and experience of how to use them in the event of a slip or trip on snow and ice slopes.
“Map, compass and torch are also essential when navigating in poor conditions. Practice in their use is very important before needing to be used.”