Rescuers treat the injured walker on Greenup Edge, between Borrowdale and Easedale. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers treat the injured walker on Greenup Edge, between Borrowdale and Easedale. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker was airlifted to hospital after injuring her head in a fall while on the Coast to Coast route in the Lake District.

Two mountain rescue teams went to the 60-year-old woman’s aid on Greenup Edge.

The Langdale Ambleside team was called out at 12.15pm on Monday, and because the incident was on the boundary of the two teams’ areas, Keswick MRT members also went to the scene.

A Keswick team spokesperson said the walker struck her head when she fell. “She bled profusely and those with her immediately sought assistance.

“As the incident site was right on the border between the two teams, Keswick were asked to assist. The team’s first vehicle set off to Wythburn with five personnel, and was followed fairly swiftly by a second one.

“Langdale in the meantime checked on the availability of the air ambulance, given that it would be some time before the team could be on scene, but unfortunately, Helimed 58 [the Great North Air Ambulance] was turned back by the weather.

“Both teams continued up the hill, whilst a request for a Coastguard helicopter was made, in the light of the head injury.

The Coastguard helicopter airlifted the woman to hospital. Photo: Keswick MRT

The Coastguard helicopter airlifted the woman to hospital. Photo: Keswick MRT

“Once at the scene, rescuers treated the lady and she was secured in a vacuum mattress to protect her neck. Rescue 936, the Caernarvon S-92, duly turned up after the casualty had been carried down to below the cloudbase.

“It was able to transfer her to the Royal Preston Hospital for treatment. The teams stood by until the aircraft was airborne, and then stood down.”

The rescue lasted 5¾ hours and involved 12 Langdale Ambleside members and 10 from the Keswick team.

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