Both incidents happened near Little Town on the track running below Cat Bells. Photo: Keswick MRT

Both incidents happened near Little Town on the track running below Cat Bells. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers were called out to the same place twice within two hours after walkers were injured when Storm Ali blew them off their feet.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 12.15pm on Wednesday to the first incident near Little Town in Newlands.

A 43-year-old man and his father, 73, were walking on the track below Cat Bells when a strong gust of wind blew them both over.

A team spokesperson said: “The younger man landed on his head, bit his tongue and lost consciousness for a short time.

“The father suffered bruising to his hip and knee. Keswick team arrived on scene in the Land Rover, assessed and evacuated both down to the road where they were met by the [North West Ambulance Service] land ambulance.”

A couple of hours later the rescue team was called to virtually the same spot. Two women, aged 59 and 72 had been blown off their feet by a strong gust of wind.

“One suffered a suspected broken collar bone and a cut to the head while the other had a few cuts on her arms and head,” the spokesperson said.

“The team Land Rover drove to the casualties along the mine road, this time from the Cat Bells end and were on scene within half an hour of the call.

“Both ladies were assessed and made comfortable and driven to Keswick Cottage Hospital where they were transferred to the land ambulance for transport to the Cumberland Infirmary.”

Ten Keswick MRT volunteers were involved in the first incident, and 14 in the second.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award walkers were met near Force Crag Mine. Photo: Keswick MRT

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award walkers were met near Force Crag Mine. Photo: Keswick MRT

The wild weather also caused problems on Friday when a group of young people undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition got into difficulties on Crag Hill at the head of Coledale.

The rescuers were called out about 2.15pm and were joined by colleagues from the Cockermouth team. One of the seven walkers was succumbing to mild hypothermia.

The Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “The group did a good job in supporting each other and made a shelter with one of their tents.

“With help from a passing walker they then made their own way down to Coledale Hause and on towards Force Crag Mine where they met Keswick MRT who assessed their condition.

“Although some were still cold, a change into dry clothing lifted their spirits and they continued on to Braithwaite to meet their supervisor.”

The incident lasted almost 1¾ hours and involved 13 Keswick MRT members.

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