Rescuers and the air ambulance on Swirl How during the Sunday incident. Photo: Coniston MRT

Rescuers and the air ambulance on Swirl How during the Sunday incident. Photo: Coniston MRT

Two walkers were rescued after injuring their ankles in falls on Lake District fells in separate incidents.

Coniston Mountain Rescue Team was called out on successive days to aid the injured women.

The team was alerted about 1.10pm on Sunday when a walker fell near Swirl How above Coniston.

A team spokesperson said: “The casualty was located just below Prison Band with help from two members of neighbouring Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team who were in the area, and the air ambulance from North West Air Ambulance was able to fly in and land on the summit ridge.

“The lady was treated for ankle injuries by paramedics from North West Air Ambulance and team members and stretchered uphill to the waiting helicopter from where she was airlifted to Furness General Hospital, Barrow in Furness.”

The rescue involved 13 volunteers from Coniston MRT.

The team was called out again on Monday morning when a woman injured herself while walking near The Scrow.

The spokesperson said: “The lady was treated for a suspected broken ankle and stretchered to one of the team’s Land Rover ambulances. She was taken to the team’s HQ in Coniston and transferred to a land ambulance from North West Ambulance Service for the onward journey to Furness General Hospital, Barrow in Furness.”

Eleven team members took part in the operation.

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