The walker fell on Red Screes above Keppel Cove in the Helvellyn range. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walker fell on Red Screes above Keppel Cove in the Helvellyn range. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A walker was airlifted from a Lake District mountain after he injured himself when a gust of wind blew him off his feet.

The 84-year-old was walking on Red Screes above Keppel Cove on Wednesday when he took a tumbling fall.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 12.30pm and requested the help of the Penrith team in support.

A Patterdale MRT spokesperson said: “The male had a head and hand injury. Due to his age and memory loss following the incident, air evacuation support was requested.”

The Great North Air Ambulance flew to the site, but had to retreat from the incident because the weather was closing in.

A Coastguard helicopter then flew to the scene and winched the injured walker aboard before flying him to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The 3½-hour rescue involved 12 Patterdale MRT members and six volunteers from the Penrith team.

  • We originally illustrated this story with an image of Red Screes above Kirkstone Pass. The incident actually happened on Red Screes above Keppel Cove on Raise.

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