The walker suffered a suspected broken ankle in Lingmell Gill

The walker suffered a suspected broken ankle in Lingmell Gill

Mountain rescuers were in action in three incidents on England’s highest mountain.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team called in the help of the Duddon and Furness team as they dealt with two walkers in trouble simultaneously on Scafell Pike yesterday, Saturday.

The rescuers also guided two lost walkers who were on the mountain without torches.

The Wasdale team was alerted at 3.30pm after police reported a man in his 60s was exhausted and felt unwell on the 978m (3,208ft) peak.

The man had made his way to the stretcher box on Mickledore, between Scafell Pike and Scafell, but was too weak to make his own way off the fell.

While on their way to the walker, Wasdale team members were alerted to a man suffering a suspected broken ankle near Lingmell Gill further down the mountain.

Ten members of the Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team joined their Wasdale colleagues and a team doctor and a small party from the Wasdale team made their way to Mickledore.

The walker was warmed up and given a check by the doctor before being slowly walked down to Wasdale Head.

A dozen rescuers accompanied the man to the valley and he and his companions were then driven round to their vehicle in Eskdale.

The combined teams treated the other man who had slipped near Brown Tongue. He had injured his ankle on a rock and then slid down towards the gill while trying to reposition himself to get a mobile phone signal.

The rescuers administered painkillers to the injured walker then stretchered him down to Brackenclose in Wasdale in an operation involving 19 team members.

An ambulance then took him to West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven for further treatment.

While carrying the man down the fellside, the rescuers came across two lost walkers trying to make their way without torches in the dark to Seathwaite in Borrowdale.

Team members guided them to Wasdale Head.

The six-hour operation ended at 9.40pm.

Neighbouring team Langdale Ambleside MRT was in action today to help a woman who slipped while walking on Wansfell above Ambleside.

The team was alerted about 12.30pm and 13 members went to aid the walker who had injured her leg. She was flown from the 482m (1,581ft) fell by air ambulance.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was also called out about 12.30pm yesterday, Saturday, to help a pair of tandem riders on a hired machine who had slipped on a damp and greasy boardwalk at Low Briery, east of the town.

A teenage girl on the bike injured her knee and ambulance staff requested the rescuers’ help to carry the rider to the ambulance.

The previous day the team was called about 7pm to help a couple lost on Glaramara. A Borrowdale-based team member found the pair above Hind Gill but one of the couple was unwilling to tackle the steep path down Hind Gill, so 15 members of the team walked down with them to Mountain View in Borrowdale in an operation lasting 4½ hours.

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