Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team used its boat to reach the injured man

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team used its boat to reach the injured man

Mountain rescuers used their boat to reach an injured walker on a lake shore.

Members of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were alerted shortly after midday today when the 89-year-old man took a tumble on the path beside Ullswater.

The rescuers launched their rigid inflatable boat which took 14 members and their equipment to the site where the walker was treated for a suspected spinal injury.

The man was then taken by the boat to the western shore of the lake to a waiting ambulance which took him to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

The Pride of Cumbria air ambulance also took part in the rescue.

Meanwhile colleagues in the West of the Lake District were in action after a 66-year-old Cockermouth woman fell on the Corpse Road above Loweswater, suffering a suspected broken ankle.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 12.55pm and 17 volunteer members of the team went to the woman’s aid. She was treated at the scene of the incident and then stretchered off the fell to the Blackpool-based air ambulance with airlifted her to West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven for further treatment.

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