The rescue scene below Sharp Edge. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rescue scene below Sharp Edge. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker was injured when he fell about 50ft from a Lake District ridge.

The 26-year-old was tackling the scrambling route on Sharp Edge on Blencathra on Monday when he slipped in icy conditions.

The man was in a group of 10 friends when he fell into a rocky gully from the ‘bad step’, the site of numerous falls on the ridge. He reported suffering an arm injury in the incident.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 12.55pm and the Great North Air Ambulance was also scrambled.

A team spokesperson said the walker’s brother managed to scramble down to him but they were then unable to move any further.

The spokesperson said: “[The helicopter] Helimed 58 were on the scene quickly and they dropped two medics off near the site and they were able to reach the casualty and assess him.

“The team then sent two vehicles of members to Mousthwaite where Helimed 58 was able to rendezvous with them and uplift six of the team to the foot of the ridge. This saved a lot of time and the team were able to rig from above the casualty and sent the team paramedic down and they were then both lowered to the ‘chicken path’.

“The casualty was flown down to Mousthwaite where he met up with his father who took him to hospital to get checked.”

The 3½-rescue involved 11 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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