The man was making his way down Scales Fell when he slipped

The man was making his way down Scales Fell when he slipped

A walker was stretchered from a Lakeland fell after breaking his leg.

The 78-year-old man slipped while coming down Scales Fell on Blencathra yesterday.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out shortly before 1pm and went to the scene.

A helicopter from the Great North Air Ambulance also flew to the site.

A Keswick MRT spokesperson said the walker was attempting Blencathra via the Scales Fell route but turned back because of the heat.

The spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, he slipped on gravel during his descent, and suffered a fractured fibula.

“The team and the Great North Air Ambulance attended, and after he had been splinted, it was decided that it would be easier for the team to evacuate him to the road.

“He was stretchered down to Mousthwaite Combe, and was then transferred to a road ambulance for transfer to the Cumberland Infirmary for treatment.”

The rescue lasted 2¾ hours and involved 14 volunteers from the mountain rescue team.

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