Rescuers stretcher the youth from the fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers stretcher the youth from the fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

A teenager on a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition was stretchered from a Lake District fell after he passed out.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 5.50pm on Thursday as members were gathering for a training session.

The 17-year-old had recovered consciousness but was complaining of feeling dizzy.

A team spokesperson said: “A Land Rover and a Sprinter were sent to the scene near Rigghead Quarries above Rosthwaite.

“The youth was assessed but required no treatment but it was deemed prudent to stretcher him off the hill down to an ambulance that had been called.”

The rescue operation lasted just over two hours and involved 20 Keswick MRT volunteers.

Team members tend to the injured mountain biker on Ullock Pike. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members tend to the injured mountain biker on Ullock Pike. Photo: Keswick MRT

As the rescue was concluding the team was alerted to another incident on the slopes of Ullock Pike in the northern fells.

The spokesperson said: “Just before the first team returned to base we had a second callout on what should have been our practice night.

“There’s no better training than doing it for real. This time a mountain biker had come off his bike and suffered a suspected broken lower leg.”

A second team Land Rover set off followed shortly afterwards by the vehicle returning from the earlier incident.

The spokesperson said: “The team approached from near the Ravenstone Hotel up on to the lower slopes of Ullock Pike where we found the local mountain biker lying amongst the heather in considerable pain but remarkably stoic.

“When asked about his level of pain he said it was ‘less than ideal!’ He was assessed by the team doctor and given analgesia before being loaded onto a stretcher and carried back down to the roadside where an ambulance was able to take him to hospital.”

The two-hour rescue again involved 20 team volunteers.

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