The injured rider is stretchered to the team vehicle in Whinlatter Forest. Photo: Keswick MRT

The injured rider is stretchered to the team vehicle in Whinlatter Forest. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two mountain bikers were rescued after suffering injuries in high speed crashes on successive days in the Lake District.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out to the first incident on Sunday when the 45-year-old man came off his machine in the Whinlatter Forest.

The team was alerted about 4.05pm to the accident on the route in the South of the Forest, in which the rider suffered shoulder and back injuries.

A team spokesperson said: “This accident happened at a location where we have been three or four times in the last year.

“The team responded swiftly, and were on scene within 20 minutes. The casualty was assessed, and then given analgesia before being lifted on to the stretcher and packaged into a vacuum splint to protect his back.

“When the ambulance crew arrived, he was given more analgesia to help him through the transfer from casualty site to vehicle. He was then stretchered to one of our Sprinter ambulances and driven down to the North West Ambulance Service ambulance about 400m away, which then took him to the Cumberland Infirmary for treatment.”

The rescue lasted almost two hours and involved 13 team members.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter at the scene on Latrigg. Photo: GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter at the scene on Latrigg. Photo: GNAAS

The following day Keswick MRT was called out to similar incident on Latrigg.

A 34-year-old mountain biker crashed at high speed after hitting a rock on the path on Sponney Green Lane.

He suffered injuries to his shoulder, chest, wrist and knee.

A team spokesperson said: “The North West Ambulance Service requested the team’s assistance, and the team were swiftly on scene.

“Two vehicles full of personnel attended, and the Great North Air Ambulance was also mobilised to the incident. After the casualty had been assessed by the doctor from Helimed 58, the casualty was placed in a vacuum mattress, and then stretchered to the air ambulance.

“The patient was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary for treatment. The team stood by until the aircraft was airborne, and then stood down.”

Fifteen team volunteers were involved in the rescue, which took just over 1¼ hours.

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