The man fell 200m from Striding Edge

The man fell 200m from Striding Edge

A man has died after falling 650ft from England’s third highest mountain.

The 24-year-old walker fell 200m from Striding Edge on Helvellyn yesterday.

The Great North Air Ambulance was scrambled at 4.30pm and joined members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team at the incident.

A Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson said: “At some time between 3pm and 4pm on Friday a man fell approximately 200m from Striding Edge and into Nethermost Cove.

“His companion descended to assist him and finding him unconscious and without a mobile phone signal he continued his descent into Grisedale where he met a local farmer who gave him a lift down to Patterdale where he raised the alarm.

“Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted by the Police at 4.25pm and, given the nature and location of the report immediately requested the assistance of both the Great North Air Ambulance and an RAF Sea King.

“In spite of low cloud the air ambulance was able to drop its paramedic crew and shuttle eight team members up towards Striding Edge.

“A search was commenced and Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and search and rescue dogs were requested to mobilise and assist with locating the injured man.

“By the time that the RAF Sea King arrived on scene at about 5.35pm the cloudbase had lifted sufficiently for them to assist and the helicopter crew located the casualty from the air.

“Team members on foot made their way to his location over steep loose ground but sadly he had sustained fatal injuries.

“The team doctor diagnosed death and his body was lowered in a stretcher to the waiting aircraft which had landed in Nethermost Cove.”

The helicopter, from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland, then flew the man’s body to Carlisle, escorted by a team member, the Patterdale spokesperson said.

Mike Blakey, Patterdale MRT leader said: “This is a tragic incident involving the loss of a young life.

“Our thoughts are with young man’s walking companion, friends and family at this difficult time.

“At this time I would also like to extend our thanks to the RAF, air ambulance, Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and Sarda (Lakes) dogs and handlers for their rapid assistance in this rescue.”

The four-hour operation involved 16 Patterdale MRT volunteers.

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