The Coastguard helicopter approaches as rescuers treat the injured man. Photo: Penrith MRT

The Coastguard helicopter approaches as rescuers treat the injured man. Photo: Penrith MRT

A Lake District rescue team needed a French interpreter after a walker fell and injured himself.

The man from France suffered a suspected broken leg in the incident near Kidsty Pike above Haweswater.

He was with a group attempting the Coast to Coast Walk.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team was called out and asked for help from colleagues from the Kirkby Stephen team, anticipating a potential long stretcher carry from the fell.

A Penrith MRT spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, the casualty spoke no English at all, but a friend was able to translate for us.

“To avoid a lengthy and uncomfortable stretcher carry, a Coastguard helicopter was requested, and was able to land nearby. Both the casualty and his translating friend were then flown to Carlisle Hospital, while the team escorted the rest of the party off the hill.”

The four-hour rescue involved nine Penrith and nine Kirkby Stephen team volunteers.

The Penrith team was in action again 90 minutes later to help ambulance crew members with an incident at Lowther Caravan Park near Penrith.

The spokesperson said: “The casualty had slipped down a bank while walking her dog and had fractured her leg.

“The team was able to carry the casualty a short way to easier ground and a waiting ambulance.”

The 1½-hour rescue involved 13 Penrith MRT members.

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