Keswick Mountain Rescue Team stretecher the injured man down the difficult descent from King's How. Photo: Keswick MRT

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team stretecher the injured man down the difficult descent from King's How. Photo: Keswick MRT

A mountain rescue team faced a difficult two-hour stretcher carry to bring an injured walker to safety after he injured himself on a Lake District fell.

The 27-year-old was bivvying with a friend on King’s How in Borrowdale when he slipped on a wet rock and injured his ankle.

He left his injury overnight to see if it eased, but in the morning he was unable to put weight on his ankle and his companion called for help.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 1.40pm yesterday and 17 members were involved in the 3½-hour operation to bring the man from the fell.

Team members drove to Troutdale and made their way on foot from there. A team spokesperson said: “The pitched path up to King’s How was incredibly slippery, and it took a while to locate the informant.

“The casualty was then given analgesia, splinted and packaged for the long carry down through chest high bracken and slippery boulders.

“The descent took nearly two hours, but eventually the team emerged from the ‘jungle’ and handed the patient over to an ambulance for transport to Carlisle and further treatment.”

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