The walker fell ill at Uskdale Gap, Holme Fell, near Coniston. Photo: Steven Ruffles CC-BY-SA-2.0

The walker fell ill at Uskdale Gap, Holme Fell, near Coniston. Photo: Steven Ruffles CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker was airlifted from a Lake District fell after suffering a suspected heart attack.

The man became ill while walking near Uskdale Gap on Holme Fell, north-east of Coniston today.

Coniston Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 11.20am and 11 team members were involved in the rescue of the elderly walker.

Medics from the North West Air Ambulance joined Coniston MRT members at the scene and the walker was treated before being stretchered to the helicopter.

He was flown for further treatment to a hospital in Blackpool.

As the volunteer team returned to base, it was again called out to rescue a mountain biker who had crashed on a trail near Cunsey overlooking the western shore of Windermere.

Team members and paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service treated him for a suspected dislocated shoulder at the scene and taken in the Coniston MRT Land Rover to a waiting ambulance.

He was then taken to Furness General Hospital, Barrow-in-Furness, for further treatment.

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