The air ambulance at the scene below Great Gable. Photo: GNAAS

The air ambulance at the scene below Great Gable. Photo: GNAAS

A man was airlifted from a Lake District fell after tumbling 300ft down the mountainside.

The walker slipped on hard snow on Great Gable and fell about 100m from the path between Gavel Neese and Beck Head.

The man, in his 60s, fell towards Gable Beck.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out and the Great North Air Ambulance was scrambled shortly after 3pm on Saturday and flew to the scene.

The team requested help from the Caernarfon Coastguard helicopter and a paramedic from Buxton Mountain Rescue Team also joined the operation to help the walker.

A helicopter at the rescue scene, captured by Karl Wait who witnessed the rescue operation. Photo: Karl Wait

A helicopter at the rescue scene, captured by Karl Wait who witnessed the rescue operation. Photo: Karl Wait

A spokesperson for the air ambulance service said: “Once the patient was located the GNAAS crew worked alongside Wasdale MRT and the [search and rescue helicopter] winchman to assess, treat and prepare the patient for transport to hospital.”

The walker was then winched into the Coastguard Sikorsky S-92 and flow to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne.

His injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

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