The Keswick team carried the walker down from Causey Pike to the air ambulance. Photo: Keswick MRT

The Keswick team carried the walker down from Causey Pike to the air ambulance. Photo: Keswick MRT

A mountain rescue team clocked up its 3,000th rescue – and then went on to carry out two further callouts to walkers the same day.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 1.20pm yesterday when a 36-year-old man slipped and dislocated his knee while coming down Causey Pike.

A team member who lives close by was first to reach the man, who had managed to put his kneecap back in place, but was still in excruciating pain.

Sixteen more team members made their way to the site from Stonycroft Gill and treated the walker, put him on a stretcher and carried him down the fell to where the Great North Air Ambulance had landed.

The man was then flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

Soon after the rescue was completed, the team was called out again after a woman slipped and broke her ankle near the Shepherds’ Memorial on the path up Skiddaw.

Team members treat the walker. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members treat the walker. Photo: Keswick MRT

Six members of the Keswick MRT drove to the site in their Land Rover while 10 others stood by at their base.

The woman’s leg was splinted and driven back to a waiting ambulance which took her to hospital in Carlisle.

At 6.15pm, a team member in Borrowdale was alerted to a walker who had injured her ankle while walking down to Stockley Bridge from Sty Head.

A team spokesperson said: “After checking with one of the deputy leaders, he set off to check out the story.”

The team was stood down soon afterwards when it became clear its help was not needed. The spokesperson said: “Fortunately some noble souls carried out an ad hoc rescue using a rope stretcher; how many could do that nowadays?”

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