The injured walker is treated in the gill. Photo: Keswick MRT

The injured walker is treated in the gill. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker suffered head injuries after tumbling more than 30ft into a Lake District gully.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 4.05pm on Wednesday to the incident in Cat Gill near Walla Crag.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service’s helicopter also flew to the area.

The 72-year-old walker slipped and took a 10m tumbling fall into the gill while descending from Walla Crag.

A passer-by raised the alarm and Keswick MRT members were on their way to the incident within three minutes of their help being requested by the ambulance service.

A team spokesperson said: “Two vehicles full of team members arrived at Great Wood car park, and were swiftly on scene, with others following on.

The air ambulance landed in the valley nearby. Photo: GNAAS

The air ambulance landed in the valley nearby. Photo: GNAAS

“One vehicle then went to collect the crew of the Great North Air Ambulance from the field in which it had landed, and a land ambulance also arrived.

“The gentleman was found to have a significant head injury, and after the team had stretchered him down to the ambulance, he was transferred to the air ambulance and flown to the Cumberland Infirmary for treatment.”

The GNAAS said the flight to Carlisle took 14 minutes and the man was stable on arrival.

The rescue lasted almost 1¾ hours and involved 20 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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