The walker began to feel ill on the approach to Pen-y-ghent's summit. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walker began to feel ill on the approach to Pen-y-ghent's summit. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A walker has died after collapsing on one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.

The 68-year-old had started his descent after summiting Pen-y-ghent on Saturday when he passed out.

A group of medics who were on the hill attempted to resuscitate the walker without success.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was alerted shortly before 9.30am.

A team spokesperson said the man began to feel unwell on the approach to the summit, but carried on.

“Very soon after beginning the descent, he collapsed and lost consciousness.

“By coincidence, the next people to come along were all medical professionals, so when it was necessary they attempted cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and kept it up, until relieved.

“A road ambulance, an air ambulance and CRO were all dispatched.

“Arriving on scene first, the air ambulance paramedics continued CPR and the helicopter flew down the hill to pick up CRO members and road-ambulance paramedics.

“CPR was halted after over an hour from the collapse.

“The air ambulance flew the deceased down to Horton in Ribblesdale, for hand-over to the road ambulance and police, while CRO members checked on the other members of the party and withdrew from the hill themselves.”

Malham Cove. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Malham Cove. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Later in the day the team was called out again after reports of a 57-year-old man suffering chest pains while walking ‘on the mountain’ near Malham Cove.

The spokesperson said: “Later information showed this to be three-quarters of the way up the steps to the top of the cove.

“After assessment by, and treatment from an air ambulance doctor and paramedic, the patient was transferred to CRO’s Bell stretcher, then carried and ’sledged’ down to the waiting air ambulance for the flight to hospital.”

The team also went to the aid of a trapped sheep mid-afternoon. A caver reported the animal was stranded down Fluted Hole on the slopes of Ingleborough.

The spokesperson said: “[It] turned out to be Rosebay Pot on Newby Moss. A small team attended and recovered the sheep, releasing it, unharmed, on to the fell.”

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