The man injured his leg when he slipped on Swirrral Edge

The man injured his leg when he slipped on Swirrral Edge

Rescuers were called to a mountain ridge for the second time in three days to deal with an injured walker.

The 25-year-old slipped while on Swirral Edge on Helvellyn, injuring his leg and preventing him continuing.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 3.30pm today, Saturday.

The team requested the help of colleagues from Penrith MRT, as the location of the injured man led to the likelihood of a long stretcher carry. Patterdale MRT also asked for help from the Great North Air Ambulance.

A Patterdale team spokesperson said: “Fortunately a Patterdale team member who happened to be in the area was able to get to the scene of the incident within a matter of minutes.

“Further team members were then deployed on to the fell and when it had finished dealing with an earlier incident the Langwathby Great North Air Ambulance was also able to attend.

“With assistance from team members and the crew from the air ambulance, the casualty was able to make his way back up to the summit of Helvellyn where the waiting helicopter was able to fly him back to the rescue base in Patterdale for treatment by a team doctor.”

The rescue involved 11 Patterdale team volunteers and lasted three hours. The Patterdale team spokespersons said: “The team would like to convey their thanks to their colleagues from Penrith MRT and the GNAA crew for assisting in a speedy evacuation from the fell.”

On Wednesday, Patterdale and Penrith team members took part in a six-hour rescue of a woman who suffered head injuries when she fell while coming down Swirral Edge.

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