The man got stuck on scree above Greenside Mines. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man got stuck on scree above Greenside Mines. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rescuers in the Lake District were called out to rescue a man stuck on a fellside in flip-flops.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 8.45pm on Thursday after reports a man was on a ledge overlooking Glenridding.

A team spokesperson said: “His exact location was somewhat vague until the local fire brigade who were out practising at the time reported that they had spotted the distressed man above Greenside Mines.”

The 47-year-old was on scree slopes above the youth hostel, on the lower slopes of the Helvellyn range.

The spokesperson said: “The team made their way to his location over difficult terrain, ensured the gentleman was safe and uninjured, then proceeded to rig a rope system to enable him to descend the fell.

“This was a challenging rescue and involved 11 members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team and lasted for 3½ hours.”

The team added on social media: “We know the weather has been sunny and hot but there ain’t no beaches up there.”

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