The Coastguard helicopter at the scene. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The Coastguard helicopter at the scene. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

A climber was described by rescuers as extremely lucky after suffering only leg injuries in a fall on a Lake District mountain.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday to aid two climbers on Great Gable.

The pair, from Buxton in Derbyshire, were on Gable Crag when the incident happened.

A Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson said: “One climber had fallen from the crag and the other was cragfast.”

The Prestwick Coastguard Helicopter flew to the scene and airlifted some of the rescue team members to the mountainside.

The two climbers were on Gable Crag when one fell. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The two climbers were on Gable Crag when one fell. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The spokesperson said: “They attended the fallen climber who was extremely lucky following a significant fall and had only lower leg injuries.

“A further party climbed up to the cragfast climber above and lowered him to safety. Both casualties were flown from the scene to Cockermouth MRT vehicles at Honister and transferred to their own vehicle at Seathwaite.”

The incident involved 23 volunteer Cockermouth team members. Five Wasdale MRT members also stood by at Wasdale Head in case they were needed in the operation.

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