Patterdale MRT used its rescue boat to reach the walker

Patterdale MRT used its rescue boat to reach the walker

A Lake District rescue team used its specialist boat to reach a walker who had become unwell.

The 73-year-old Doncaster man, who has diabetes, was walking between Patterdale and Howtown along the Ullswater shore path on Monday with his wife.

She called 999 when the man was unable to continue.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team launched its rigid inflatable boat to reach the site more quickly. A team spokesperson said: “One of the team medics checked over the gentleman, assessing his blood sugar levels and it was decided that he was well enough to be assisted to the boat and return to his hotel.”

Eight volunteers from the team took part in the three-hour rescue.

As the operation was concluding Patterdale MRT received another call for help when a walker became separated from his family on High Street.

The team spokesperson said: “Thankfully while the team leader was speaking to the informant to glean further information the gentleman turned up safe and well.”

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