Rescuers at the scene of the man's slip. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the scene of the man's slip. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two mountain rescue teams went to the aid of a walker who injured himself when he slipped on an icy path on a Lake District fell.

Rescuers warned the area’s mountains are in full winter condition, and walkers heading for the Lakeland hills need the correct equipment.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 1.15pm on Saturday when the 44-year-old suffered a severe ankle injury while walking on Nethermost Pike in the Helvellyn range, which prevented him bearing weight on his leg.

A team spokesperson said: “With Helvellyn in winter condition, there was a severe risk of hypothermia, so the first vehicle was away within 15 minutes.

“In the meantime, control contacted the RAF Leeming MRT who were already on the hill training, and investigated the possibility of air support, but this was denied by the minimal visibility on the ridge.

“The second vehicle made its way to the far end of Thirlmere, and the Keswick team approached the scene via the path up from Wythburn church, while the RAF team made their way from Brown Cove.

“Even with both teams travelling as fast as they could, it was still 50 minutes before the first rescuers were on scene.

“The casualty was given analgesia, and heat packs were used to warm him up. Keswick team then set off sledging the casualty down to Wythburn Church, to rendezvous with an ambulance.

“Our thanks to RAF Leeming MRT for their timely assistance.

“The photo shows conditions at the casualty site, which might serve as a reminder that full winter equipment is needed for a walk at high level.”

The rescue operation lasted almost 4¾ hours and involved 20 volunteers from Keswick MRT and seven members of the RAF team.

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