The young woman fell into the beck at Aira Force. Photo: Dominic Hargreaves CC-BY-2.0

The young woman fell into the beck at Aira Force. Photo: Dominic Hargreaves [CC-2.0]

Mountain rescuers have thanked two passers-by who came to the aid of a teenager who fell into a Lake District beck.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team also pleaded with people to wear the appropriate clothing after today’s incident at Aira Force.

The team was alerted about 2.20pm by the North West Ambulance Service who had been called when the 18-year-old woman fell into the beck at the beauty spot.

She was with a group of about 100 teenage girls from the Gateshead area of Tyneside which was visiting the area.

A team spokesperson said: “The girl, who had fallen about two metres into the beck, was treated by a paramedic and then carried by the team to an ambulance for onward transfer to hospital. Penrith Mountain Rescue Team were called to assist with the evacuation in heavy rain.

“The team would like to strongly remind any organised group that they should be properly equipped to undertake their planned activity. The weather forecast on the day was poor, with strong winds and heavy rain forecast.

“It is appropriate, in these conditions, to have warm clothing, waterproofs and suitable footwear.

“The team would like to thank the two people who were passing at the time and who offered assistance to the girls. Their prompt actions helped to prevent the possibility of any further injuries.”

The two-hour rescue involved eight Patterdale team members and five members of Penrith MRT.

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