The man fell while descending from the summit of Pillar towards Wind Gap. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man fell while descending from the summit of Pillar towards Wind Gap. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Two helicopters were called to aid an injured walker who tumbled a considerable distance while descending a Lake District fell.

The 70-year-old was with two companions making their way from the summit of Pillar towards Wind Gap on Friday.

Rescuers said he suffered a significant tumbling fall, causing head lacerations and other injuries.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 2.30pm.

A team spokesperson said: “Great North Air Ambulance was also tasked to the incident and they managed to land on the summit of Pillar and get their doctor and paramedic down to the casualty to assess his condition.

“The helicopter returned to the valley floor and picked up two CMRT team members and equipment and airlifted them to the casualty site. Due to the remote location and the injuries suffered by the casualty, a decision was made to call a second helicopter from the Coastguard with winching capabilities.

“The casualty was packaged ready for an airlift and R199 [the Coastguard helicopter] attended from Prestwick and winched the casualty on board.”

The walker was flown to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

The rescue involved 15 Cockermouth MRT members. A team spokesperson added: “Many thanks to the crews of [the] Great North Air Ambulance and from HM Coastguard for their assistance.”

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