The man was airlifted after a fall from Swirral Edge

The man was airlifted after a fall from Swirral Edge

A man was airlifted to hospital after falling from a ridge on England’s third highest mountain.

The 46-year-old suffered injuries to his head and ribs when he fell from Swirral Edge while coming down from the summit of Helvellyn.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted at 4pm today, Monday, and the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance airlifted rescuers and their gear to the scene on the mountain.

A spokesperson for the team said: “Due to the nature of the terrain and the reported injuries a Sea King from [HMS Gannet at] Prestwick attended and the casualty was winched from the scene and flown to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.”

The incident happened just two days after a 44-year-old man suffered serious injuries when he fell from Helvellyn’s other arête, Striding Edge.

Three years ago, Prince William joined the Patterdale MRT and other Lake District mountain rescue teams in an ascent of Swirral Edge, in his capacity as patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

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