Rescuers with the injured walkers at the scene. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers with the injured walkers at the scene. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker suffered numerous injuries after she slipped and tumbled 50ft on England’s third-highest mountain.

Rescuers warned that the Lake District felltops are still in winter condition, with patches of hard, slippery snow.

The 64-yerar-old was descending the Brown Cove path on Helvellyn when she slipped and fell down a snowfield, suffering a head cut, possible back and pelvic injuries and a broken finger. She also sustained numerous other cuts and bruises.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 12.05pm on Wednesday.

A team spokesperson said: “Initially she was looked after by an off-duty ambulance man, and a felltop assessor, who were in the area at the time of the accident.

“This was in a location which we have visited on a number of occasions, as the path runs very close to the edge of the steep slope, and without the proper equipment it is very easy to slip.”

Team members were at the site within 52 minutes of being called out. The spokesperson said: “The casualty was treated at the scene, and stretchered down to Swirls car park to rendezvous with an ambulance.

“Fortunately, the team was able to sledge the stretcher of a large part of the way, much to the relief of the 10 team members who attended the scene. The casualty was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary for treatment.”

A total of 13 volunteers from Keswick MRT were involved in the incident.

The spokesperson added: “The fells remain in winter condition with compacted snow on paths and snow patches being hard and very slippery.

“Without crampons and an ice-axe, your chances of coming to grief are high. The wind today at high level was about 60mph and temperatures continue to be around freezing which, with the windchill, makes things very serious.

“We take no pleasure in coming out to folk who are unprepared and ill equipped.”

Detailed information on Lakeland weather is available on the Weatherline website.

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