The RAF helicopter in action with Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team at Scale Force. Photo: Tom Gallagher/Cockermouth MRT

The RAF helicopter in action with Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team at Scale Force. Photo: Tom Gallagher/Cockermouth MRT

A walker was airlifted to hospital after falling and injuring himself on a Lake District fellside.

The man, in his 60s, was walking with a large group beside Scale Force, near Buttermere, today, when he fell 3m (10ft) and injured his head.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 11.40am and treated the walker at the scene.

A Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland flew to the site and airlifted him to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, for further treatment.

The rescue involved 20 volunteer members of the team.

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