The man was found by rescuers at the foot of Helvellyn's headwall

The man was found by rescuers at the foot of Helvellyn's headwall

A man was airlifted to hospital after being found with life-threatening injuries at the foot of a crag on England’s third highest mountain.

Rescuers found the unconscious 68-year-old near Red Tarn on Helvellyn early today.

The man was reported missing about 8.40pm yesterday. Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was already on the mountain after a couple were reported overdue but phoned to say they had returned safely to their holiday cottage.

A Royal Navy Sea King search and rescue helicopter from HMS Gannet in Ayrshire joined the search for the missing man and he was found about 1am, unconscious and hypothermic.

The Patterdale team put in a request to Langdale Ambleside MRT to send its batteries for its AutoPulse machine, which delivers automated cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to patients.

The man was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne by the Royal Navy Sea King.

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