Team members stretcher the injured walker down to the helicopter. Photo: Stuart Holmes/Keswick MRT

Team members stretcher the injured walker down to the helicopter. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker was airlifted from a Lake District fell after falling and injuring his head.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Monday when the 69-year-old from Essex fell and tumbled from the rocky steps near the summit of Cat Bells.

The team was called out shortly after 1pm and the Great North Air Ambulance flew to the scene. A Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “The team set off to Skelgill, and hot-footed up the hill to rendezvous with Helimed 58, which managed to land at the saddle just before the last ascent.”

The air ambulance doctor and paramedic treated the walker, and the mountain rescue team then stretchered him down to the helicopter. He was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary for further treatment.

Keswick MRT members stood by until the aircraft was airborne, and then stood down.

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