Rescue team members on Sharp Edge during the incident. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescue team members on Sharp Edge during the incident. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker escaped serious injury in a 100ft fall from a Lake District ridge.

The woman was with her dog on Sharp Edge on Blencathra on Sunday when she fell at the bad step on the route.

A passing doctor witnessed the 21-year-old’s fall, but was unable to reach her.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 1pm. The team had just finished dealing with an incident on Derwent Water when it received the call.

A team spokesperson said: “As the team were still at base following the earlier incident, two vehicles of members were quickly away and set off from Mousthwaite Combe.

“Because of the possible seriousness of her injuries, both the Great North Air Ambulance and the Coastguard helicopter, which has winching capability, were mobilised.”

The air ambulance airlifted some rescue team members closer to the site. The spokesperson said: “They were quickly with her and able to assess her injuries which fortunately did not appear too serious.”

The Prestwick Coastguard helicopter and the crew's winchman at the rescue site. Photo: Keswick MRT

The Prestwick Coastguard helicopter and the crew's winchman at the rescue site. Photo: Keswick MRT

The team rigged up a rope system from the ridge above and lowered a paramedic with a vacuum mattress. The Coastguard helicopter, which was standing by at nearby Bannerdale Crags, then winched her into the aircraft.

The woman’s dog, which was uninjured, walked off the fell with rescuers.

The rescue lasted almost 3¾ hours and involved 18 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

Earlier in the day, the team was called to Derwent Water when an 80-ear-old woman was spotted waist-deep in the lake behind the Derwentwater Hotel in Portinscale.

Swiftwater technicians from the team made their way towards the site, where members of Cumbria Fire and Rescue and an ambulance crew had been called out.

A team spokesperson said: “One member who lives close to the incident site went direct and found the lady and, as she was not in dangerous water at that point managed to reach her and walk her out.”

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