Team members faced a jungle of chest-high bracken to reach the walker. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members faced a jungle of chest-high bracken to reach the walker. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers had to battle through chest-high bracken to reach an injured walker on a Lake District fell.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 3.20pm on Saturday to the site on High Rigg, west of St John’s in the Vale.

A woman who was with a group of walkers descending towards the Naddle valley slipped into a hole.

A rescue team spokesperson said: “She heard a popping sound which was accompanied by immediate intense pain.

“Due to the poor mobile reception one of the men descended to the nearest house to call 999 and ask for mountain rescue.

“Once the exact location of the party had been established two vehicles were dispatched to Shaw Bank at the foot of High Rigg where they met with the informant.

“The team proceeded up the hill through a dense jungle of chest-high bracken to the casualty’s location. The lady was given pain relief and her leg splinted before being stretchered down to the road where she was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

“We will now be checking ourselves for ticks!”

The two-hour rescue involved 13 Keswick MRT volunteers.

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