Rescuers and the air ambulance crew at the scene near Greenup Edge. Photo: Keswick MRT

`Rescuers and the air ambulance crew at the scene near Greenup Edge. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker attempting the Coast to Coast Walk was airlifted to hospital after injuring herself on a Lake District fell.

The woman was walking with her partner over Greenup Edge on Tuesday when she slipped and injured her ankle.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 12.25pm to aid the walker, who could not bear any weight on her leg.

A team spokesperson said: “The location given by a passer-by was immediately below the ridge at the highest point of Greenup Edge, though this was later discovered to be a lot further down into Far Easedale.

“As the team was low on numbers, enquiries were made about the availability of an air ambulance, and fortunately the North West Air Ambulance was available to come and help.

“The team had already set off for Stonethwaite and the first elements were on the hill when the helicopter arrived. The team continued, as the aircraft crew needed the assistance of team members to carry the patient to the aircraft.

“The casualty was then flown to hospital for further treatment.”

The rescue lasted more than four hours and involved 13 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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