Hartsop above How. Photo: Mick Garratt CC-BY-SA-2.0

Hartsop above How. Photo: Mick Garratt CC-BY-SA-2.0

Rescuers praised the actions of a group of walkers who took ‘excellent’ care of their injured friend after she slipped on a Lakeland fell.

The group also provided an accurate grid reference which guided members of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team to the injured 17-year-old girl.

The teenager, from Maidstone, Kent, was with a group travelling from Ambleside to Patterdale when she slipped and injured her ankle on Hartsop above How.

The volunteer mountain rescue team was alerted about 4.15pm today, Tuesday, and 16 team members went to the girl’s aid. They found her cold and wet on the fell, which forms a ridge from the Helvellyn range.

A spokesperson for the team said: “The girl’s friends had taken excellent care of her. They had placed her in a sleeping bag and then put up a tent to keep her dry and warm.

“Their grid reference was accurate and enabled the team to locate them quickly. She was evacuated on a stretcher, which took over two hours due to the remote location.

“She was transported in one of the team’s Land Rovers to the rescue base where she was treated and warmed up. She was then taken to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.”

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