The incident happened near Grisedale Tarn. Photo: Andy Waddington CC-BY-SA-2.0

The incident happened near Grisedale Tarn. Photo: Andy Waddington CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker suffered serious injuries after sliding a long distance on a Lake District fell.

Members of the public heard shouts for help from the hillside near Grisedale Tarn on Monday.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 1.20pm.

A team spokesperson said: “Two members of the public managed to locate the casualty after hearing his cries for help. One was from Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and managed to give an accurate location for the stricken gentleman and some vital information.

“It soon became apparent that the chap had taken a long slide and had suspected serious injuries with this in mind the Helimed 58 [the Great North Air Ambulance] was called along with the Coastguard Helicopter from Prestwick.”

Patterdale MRT members helped the doctor and paramedic from the air ambulance in treating the injured walker, who suffered a suspected broken pelvis and shoulder.

The Coastguard helicopter then winched the injured man aboard and flew him to the Royal Preston Hospital.

The team spokesperson said: “Patterdale Mountain Rescue would like to thank our colleagues from Penrith Mountain Rescue Team for their assistance on this rescue along with her Majesty’s Coastguard and the air ambulance.”

The 4½-hour rescue involved 23 mountain rescue volunteers.

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