Rescuers and the air ambulance at the scene. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers and the air ambulance at the scene. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker has died after collapsing on a Lake District fell.

The man passed away despite the best efforts of his son, air ambulance crew and mountain rescuers.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted to the incident about 11am on Tuesday.

A team spokesperson said: “On a warm and partly sunny day a father and son were walking in the Newlands fells.

“Part way down the ridge of Hindscarth on the descent to Littletown, the father collapsed. The son called 999 for help and started [cardiopulmonary resuscitation].

“The Great North Air Ambulance responded very quickly and was able to land close to the casualty. They continued trying to resuscitate the man as members of Keswick MRT arrived.

“Unfortunately there was nothing that could be done to save him. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the man’s son who did everything possible to help his father, and to the rest of his family and friends.”

The incident involved 20 Keswick MRT volunteers and lasted just over 2¾ hours.

On Thursday the Keswick team was in action again when an 87-year-old walker called for help.

He said he was lost on steep and tricky ground somewhere below Grange Fell in Borrowdale.

X marks the spot where the walker was found in Troutdale. Photo: Keswick MRT

X marks the spot where the walker was found in Troutdale. Photo: Keswick MRT

The spokesperson said: “The man was uninjured but had somehow lost the path and was descending cross country on very steep scree amongst dense trees.

“He was lucky enough to have mobile signal and plenty of battery on his phone so that contact could be maintained to try to ascertain his exact position.

“A small team was sent out to try to locate the man based on his clues: he could see glimpses of flat fields through the trees and the gable ends of some white houses looking west according to his compass. The description unfortunately fits most of the west-facing side of the Borrowdale valley from Lodore to Stonethwaite.

“We placed team members at intervals along this range and the man was instructed to blow his whistle in the hope one of the team would hear something. Nothing heard.

“The man continued his adventure downwards adding occasional additional clues until eventually we narrowed it down to Troutdale, the valley behind the Borrowdale Hotel.

“The team Land Rover drove to the end of the track and as soon as we set off up valley a figure was spotted emerging from the trees at the side of the valley. The man was driven back to his car in Rosthwaite, extremely grateful, somewhat tired but none the worse for his wild adventure.”

The 2½-hour rescue involved 11 Keswick MRT members.

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