The man fell from a route on Dow Crag

The man fell from a route on Dow Crag

A man was airlifted from a Lake District crag after suffering serious injuries in a fall.

The man, from Devon, was climbing Easy Gully on Dow Crag yesterday when he fell.

He suffered head and leg injuries, in the incident. Coniston Mountain Rescue Team, which went to his aid, said he might also have had pelvic injuries.

The team was called out at noon and 16 volunteer members took part in the rescue on the route, graded as Moderate.

He was treated at the scene by Coniston MRT members and paramedics from the North West Air Ambulance.

Rescuers lowered him down the gully on a stretcher and he was then winched aboard a Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey which flew him to Royal Preston Hospital for further treatment.

The Coniston team was called out twice today.

The man was taken ill on Great Carrs

The man was taken ill on Great Carrs

In the first incident, an elderly walker was taken ill while walking at Great Carrs near Swirl How. The team was called out about 1.45pm and 12 members stretchered the man, who was unable to continue walking, to the Three Shire Stone on Wrynose Pass.

He was then taken by Land Rover to a waiting air ambulance and flown to Royal Preston Hospital.

While dealing with the incident, police again requested the team’s help to find an elderly couple who got lost walking in Grizedale Forest.

A Coniston MRT spokesperson said: “Team members not already deployed on the first incident were able to locate the couple easily with the help of forest rangers, and they were given a lift back to their car along with their two dogs.”

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