Rescuers at the scene on Scales Fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the scene on Scales Fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker was rescued after breaking his ankle on a Lake District mountain.

The 26-year-old slipped while descending Scales Fell on Blencathra on Monday and suffered what rescuers called a severe fracture of the ankle.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 12.25pm and send one of its vehicles immediately, with a second shortly afterwards. Three other team members made their way directly to the site.

A team spokesperson said: “The casualty was given some strong analgesia, and the fracture was reduced – put back into line – and then splinted by team members.

“The casualty was then loaded on to the stretcher, and sledged down through some thick bracken down to the car park at Mousthwaite Comb.

“An ambulance from Ambleside then arrived to take him on to the Cumberland Infirmary for specialist treatment.”

The two-hour rescue involved 13 volunteer Keswick MRT members.

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