Rescuers with the Coastguard helicopter during one of the incidents. Photo: Patterdale MRT

Rescuers with the Coastguard helicopter during one of the incidents. Photo: Patterdale MRT

A man has died and another was seriously injured in two incidents on successive days on Striding Edge on Helvellyn.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Sunday after a man fell more than 650ft from the ridge leading to England’s third highest mountain.

The 54-year-old man was ascending Helvellyn via Striding Edge with his family when he fell.

Several experienced mountaineers who were already in the area abseiled from the ridge to the man’s location and began giving him first aid.

The Great North Air Ambulance was also scrambled, but due to the bad weather it had to abort the attempt to fly to the casualty’s location.

Because of the seriousness of the incident and hoping for a break in the weather a larger Coastguard helicopter was requested from Prestwick. A team spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, the bad weather remained and after some highly skilled flying and dedication from the crew of the Coastguard helicopter, it too was unable to reach the casualty’s location and had to abort its attempt.”

All four of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team’s Land Rovers responded along with members of the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and team members ascended the rough and steep terrain of Striding Edge to reach the casualty.

The spokesperson said: “The team provided immediate medical care, but sadly the man died at the scene.”

Team Leader Mike Blakey said: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the family and friends of the man who tragically lost his life after falling over 200m from Striding Edge on Sunday.

“This particularly sad rescue has touched the hearts of all concerned. The family was very well equipped and this was simply a tragic accident.”

Both serious incidents happened on Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Both serious incidents happened on Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The following day, a man and his dog fell a similar distance from Striding Edge, with both suffering very serious injuries.

Patterdale MRT was also called out shortly before 3pm on Monday to the second incident.

The spokesperson said: “The man sustained very serious injuries and was treated by team members and the Great North Air Ambulance doctor and paramedic who climbed up to the casualty’s location alongside Patterdale team members.

“Given the poor weather, the team swiftly lowered and carried the man below the cloud to a point at which the Coastguard Rescue 199 helicopter [from Prestwick] could evacuate.

“The Coastguard helicopter crew did an astounding job at getting as close as possible to the team in atrocious flying conditions. An amazing and truly heroic effort by this aircrew and the doctor and paramedic who flew with him.

“The man’s dog is currently at a local veterinary practice having been treated by the team’s vet on the scene. He has suffered a serious leg fracture and will be operated on tomorrow by the team’s vet. He’s comfortable at present.

The injured dog. Photo: Patterdale MRT

The injured dog. Photo: Patterdale MRT

Mr Blakey said: “We are all hoping for a positive outcome for both the man and dog as every emergency service member involved gave their all to give the best friends the best possible chance of survival.

“The group was well equipped and experienced. I would also like to formally thank the two men from Bradford who did everything they could to assist the party and the rescue team.”

Mr Blakey also thanked Penrith Mountain Rescue Team who provided backup for their Patterdale colleagues on both rescues.

While the Patterdale team was dealing with the incident on Sunday two mountain bikers were also treated for injuries, one for a deep laceration to his leg and the second for a hip injury.

They both cycled over a rocky outcrop on their descent from Helvellyn.

Later that evening the team was called out to search for a father and daughter reported as missing on Helvellyn. They turned up safe and well as the team was responding.

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