A Royal Navy Sea King flew the woman to hospital in a critical condition. Photo: Ian Arthur/Royal Navy

A Royal Navy Sea King flew the woman to hospital in a critical condition. Photo: Ian Arthur/Royal Navy

A woman has died after being rescued from a Lake District stream.

The 49-year-old died in hospital after being airlifted from the site near Glenridding yesterday evening.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out to the incident at 7.05pm after the woman was found unconscious and hypothermic in Glencoyne Beck, near the Seldom Seen cottages.

They were joined by colleagues from the Keswick and Langdale Ambleside teams, the latter of which took its AutoPulse machine, which delivers automated cardio-pulmonary compressions, to the rescue.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service also went to the scene, and a Royal Navy Sea King search and rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire flew to the rescue site.

About 50 people were involved in the rescue efforts, including members of North West Ambulance Service.

The aircraft flew her in a critical condition to Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, accompanied by the Langdale Ambleside team doctor.

The incident was near Seldom Seen. Photo: Trevor Littlewood CC-BY-SA-2.0

The incident was near Seldom Seen. Photo: Trevor Littlewood CC-BY-SA-2.0

Police said, despite the best efforts of hospital staff, the woman died this morning.

Mike Blakey, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team leader, said: “At the time of the callout some team members were meeting at the rescue base and were able to respond and be on scene in less than 10 minutes.

“Further team members, many of who were en route to weekly training, joined those on scene.

“The woman was treated initially by first responders and then a paramedic, two doctors and team members before she was evacuated by stretcher to a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter which had flown from Prestwick, Scotland.

“The helicopter then quickly transferred the woman and a mountain rescue team doctor to a specialist medical unit at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester.

“The thoughts of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team members are with the family of the woman who sadly died in hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“The team would also like to express its thanks to the North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, Royal Navy Rescue 177, Air Rescue Coordination Centre, Kinloss, and our colleagues in our neighbouring rescue teams for their support and quick actions last night.”

A Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson said: “There are no suspicious circumstances at this time.

“Police are working to formally identify her and support her family.”

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