Rescuers on the final callout of the day at Gillercomb Head. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers on the final callout of the day at Gillercomb Head. Photo: Keswick MRT

A Lakeland rescue team was called out three times in one day to help walkers.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was first alerted about 11.10am on Wednesday after a man suffered a suspected broken leg in a fall.

The 76-year-old fell about 8m (26ft) into a rocky stream while descending the steep path leading from Dock Tarn to the village of Stonethwaite in Borrowdale.

The walker also banged his head and chest in the fall.

A team spokesperson said his friend called for help from the nearby Langstrath Inn and two Keswick MRT vehicles were sent to the scene as well as the Great North Air Ambulance which landed near Stonethwaite.

“Pain relief was provided before the casualty was carried by stretcher to the helicopter and then flown to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle for further treatment,” the spokesperson said.

Team members stretcher the injured walker at Lingy End near Stonethwaite. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members stretcher the injured walker at Lingy End near Stonethwaite. Photo: Keswick MRT

The 2½-hour rescue involved 13 Keswick MRT volunteers.

Shortly after returning to their base, members were alerted to an incident near The Swirls car park on the western flanks of the Helvellyn massif.

The spokesperson said: “On the descent from Helvellyn a woman slipped, badly injured her ankle, and was unable to continue.

“Two vehicles made their way to the casualty and pain relief provided before splinting the ankle. The woman was then stretchered to the car park where an ambulance took her to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle for further treatment.”

The second rescue again involved 13 team members and lasted two hours.

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker to The Swirls car park. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker to The Swirls car park. Photo: Keswick MRT

Keswick MRT was called out again in the evening when two walkers were caught out in worsening weather.

The spokesperson said: “The recent good weather had come to an abrupt end with the third call out of the day.

“A couple had become disorientated in rain and strong winds in the Gillercomb Head area between Green Gable and Brandreth.

“After calling for assistance they sensibly maintained their position and tried to keep as warm as they could in a survival bag. A small team made their way in a Land Rover to the Drum House near Fleetwith Pike and from here continued on foot.

“Fortunately the couple were found fairly quickly and although very cold were able to be guided back to Honister pass and on to their B&B accommodation.”

Five team members were involved in the rescue, which lasted 3½ hours.

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