Rescuers stretcher the man down the hillside. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

Rescuers stretcher the man down the hillside. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

A man was rescued from a fell in the western Lake District after he collapsed near its summit.

The 49-year-old was on Great Borne, overlooking Ennerdale, yesterday, when the incident happened.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 2.40pm and 19 volunteer members took part in the operation to bring the man down from the 616m (2,021ft) fell.

He was treated by team members at the scene and then he was stretchered down the hillside to the valley bottom, where a helicopter from the Great North Air Ambulance flew him for further treatment to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

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