Rescuers with the air ambulance at Scarth Gap. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

Rescuers with the air ambulance at Scarth Gap. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

A walker was airlifted from a Lake District fell after suffering multiple injuries in a fall.

The 67-year-old fell on the descent from High Crag to Scarth Gap above Buttermere on Saturday.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 3.45pm and an air ambulance also flew to the scene.

A team spokesperson said: “The casualty had multiple wounds and due to the mechanism of injury, support was requested from the North West Air Ambulance.

“Fortunately, the team were in Loweswater preparing to celebrate the 60th anniversary of former team leader Jim Coyle.

“So, when the callout came through, festivities were temporarily postponed, and the team headed down to Gatesgarth.”

The walker fell on the descent from High Crag to Scarth Gap. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The walker fell on the descent from High Crag to Scarth Gap. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The first team members were at the scene shortly before the North West Air Ambulance arrived and the casualty’s injuries were treated before he was stretchered to the helicopter waiting at Scarth Gap.

He was then flown to the Royal Preston Hospital for further treatment.

Team leader Andrew McNeil said: “Once again, it was great to work with the North West Air Ambulance.

“They made a potentially long and arduous evacuation much better for all concerned. We hope the casualty makes a speedy recovery.”

The rescue lasted just over 2½ hours and involved 23 Cockermouth MRT volunteers.

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