Rough Crag, scene of one of Friday's rescues

Rough Crag, scene of one of Friday's rescues

A walker was airlifted from a Lakeland fell after suffering chest pains.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team was called out to help the 66-year-old man from Whitley Bay on Friday afternoon, along with the local air ambulance after the North West Ambulance Service contacted them about the man, who was walking on Rough Crag near Mardale Head.

Vic Seed of the Penrith team said: “The walker was winched aboard an RAF Sea King, which was diverted from a second callout on Lord’s Rake, Scafell, and he was flown to hospital at Barrow in Furness.

“The team escorted the casualty’s companion off the hill. Nine members of the team were involved for three hours.”

The Sea King, from RAF Valley on Anglesey, had initially flown to aid a 47-year-old man who had slipped down scree below the base of Lord’s Rake on England’s second-highest mountain.

Richard Warren of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team said: “The man had sustained a blow to the lower left side of his back that was painful during any movement. He was given analgesia at the scene by a team doctor and then loaded into the vacuum mattress to help support his back before being carried down the scree slope by the team.

“The Sea King from RAF Valley returned and, after the casualty had been lowered to more level ground, they winched him onboard then flew to Furness General Hospital.”

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