Mickledore and Broad Stand, scene of the incident

Mickledore and Broad Stand, scene of the incident

A man is critically ill after falling more than 100ft from a Lake District crag.

The 30-year-old suffered serious head, chest and leg injuries after falling more than 30m from Broad Stand on Scafell, England’s second-highest mountain.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was joined in the rescue operation about 10.30am today by the Great North Air Ambulance and a Sea King search and rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire.

He was treated at the scene by a GNAA doctor and Wasdale MRT doctors, who had been airlifted up to the site by the air ambulance.

A GNAA spokesperson said: “Rescue 177 from the Royal Navy also attended but due to the casualty’s location was not able to winch from the scene.”

He was released from the site and stretchered to the waiting air ambulance where he was anaesthetised before being flown to the major trauma centre of Royal Preston Hospital.

Broad Stand lies on the shortest route between Scafell and Scafell Pike but is a grade-three scramble.

Samuel Coleridge used the route in 1802 to make the first recorded scramble in the Lake District.

The crux corner has polished holds and is notoriously slippery in bad weather and stands above an exposed sloping slab.

Broad Stand can be avoided by using the longer routes via Lord’s Rake or Foxes Tarn.

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