Rescuers and the helicopter at the site next to Robinson's Cairn. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

Rescuers and the helicopter at the site next to Robinson's Cairn. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

A rescue team was called out to a Lake District mountain for the second time in 24 hours when a lone walker fell and injured himself.

The man fell a considerable distance down a steep, rocky snow slope on Pillar on Saturday.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was alerted shortly after ending a joint training session near Braithwaite with colleagues from the Keswick team and the Prestwick Coastguard helicopter.

The team was alerted about 11.30am after the incident on the Shamrock Traverse on Pillar.

A team spokesperson said: “The Coastguard helicopter, returned to the training field, picked up three team members and flew to the scene on Pillar near Robinson’s Cairn.

“The three team members, kit, and the helicopter winchman-paramedic were winched down to the casualty. His injuries were assessed and he was packaged in a stretcher and winched on board R199 [the helicopter] and transferred to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

Twenty Cockermouth MRT volunteers responded to the incident.

The previous day, team members went to the aid of a 70-year-old walker who cuts to his head and other injuries when he fell on the other side of Pillar, on the descent to Wind Gap.

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