The man fell from Cam Crag, centre left. Photo: Tom Richardson CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man fell from Cam Crag, centre left. Photo: Tom Richardson CC-BY-SA-2.0

An badly injured mountaineer was found at the foot of a Lake District crag after a major search lasting more than three hours.

Six search dogs joined members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team in the effort to find the 44-year-old man who was reported overdue yesterday after going scrambling in Langstrath.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 5.50pm to search for the man who had set off to tackle Cam Crag ridge. Members of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs joined 28 volunteers from the Keswick team in the operation to find him.

A Keswick MRT member found the mountaineer at 9.30pm at the foot of one of the crags near Woof Stones. He had suffered multiple injuries after falling some distance from the ridge on Cam Crag.

A Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “One of the team’s paramedics administered analgesia, and reduced a serious fracture, while other team members organised shelter and further equipment.

“The assistance of a Sea King helicopter was requested, and this arrived from RNAS Gannet at Prestwick.

“With the weather closing in, and the aircraft low on the fuel necessary to transport the casualty to the nearest trauma centre, it became a race to ensure he was safely packaged for the journey, and beat the weather.

“He was flown to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment accompanied by the team paramedic.”

The night rescue operation took 4½ hours.

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