The scene on the hillside as the Coastguard helicopter approaches. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

The scene on the hillside as the Coastguard helicopter approaches. Photo: Cockermouth MRT

A walker was airlifted from a Lake District fell after injuring herself in a fall.

The 70-year-old was near the top of Scarth Gap above Buttermere on Tuesday when she suffered serious head injuries.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 4.40pm and the Great North Air Ambulance also flew to the scene.

Team members made their way to the site from Gatesgarth Farm while the air ambulance doctor and paramedic treated the injured walker after the helicopter landed nearby.

A team spokesperson said: “Team members assisted with treatment and transferred the casualty to a stretcher ready for evacuation.

“Given the location and severity of the casualty’s injuries, the team leader requested a Coastguard helicopter with winching capability. R199 from Prestwick was tasked to the incident and was on scene within 45 minutes.

“The casualty was then loaded into the helicopter and transferred to Carlisle Infirmary for further treatment.”

Team leader Andrew McNeil thanked both the crews of GNAAS Helimed 58 and the Coastguard R199 for their assistance.

The 3½-hour rescue, the Cockermouth team’s 40th of the year, involved 24 of its volunteers.

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