The Coastguard helicopter at the scene. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The Coastguard helicopter at the scene. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

A walker suffering severe chest pain was airlifted from a Lake District mountain.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was alerted at 12.45pm on Wednesday when the 65-year-old got into difficulties while on the ridge between Whiteside and Hopegill Head.

A team spokesperson said: “Due to the potential serious nature of the call and the remoteness of the location, a Coastguard S-92 rescue helicopter was immediately requested by the team leader.”

Cockermouth MRT members made the ascent to Whiteside from Lanthwaite Green, with the first rescuers arriving with the ill Cockermouth man about 1.55pm. The Prestwick Coastguard helicopter arrived soon afterwards, landing nearby.

The spokesperson said: “The casualty’s condition was treated and monitored and he was stretchered to the helicopter and flown to Cumbria Infirmary, Carlisle.”

The rescue involved 18 volunteers from the Cockermouth team.

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