The woman fell 30ft from Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The woman fell 30ft from Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A walker suffered multiple injuries in a fall from Striding Edge on Helvellyn.

The woman fell 30ft from the ridge on England’s third-highest mountain on Sunday.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted by Cumbria police at 12.20pm. A team spokesperson said: “Due to the nature of the reported injuries: head, facial, chest, abdominal, shoulder and arm, the team requested the assistance of a Coastguard helicopter, which was immediately scrambled from Caernarfon.

“North West Air Ambulance also attended the incident and provided medical support on scene.”

The woman was treated at the scene before being winched into the Coastguard helicopter and flown to Patterdale playing field where she was transferred to the air ambulance which airlifted her to hospital for further treatment.

The three-hour rescue involved eight Patterdale MRT members and 12 from the Penrith team.

While the rescue was underway, the Patterdale team received a request for help with an incident on the other side of the valley where a 30-year-old woman had broken her ankle.

The team spokesperson said: “Penrith Mountain Rescue Team were already on scene and able to provide assistance.

“The Coastguard rescue helicopter which had just evacuated the casualty from Helvellyn and transferred her to the air ambulance was then tasked to collect the second casualty and transfer her to hospital.”

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