The rescue scene on the fell side. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rescue scene on the fell side. Photo: Keswick MRT

A mountain biker used an inner tube to improvise a sling after he injured himself in a crash on a Lake District fell.

The 31-year-old knocked himself out and suffered a suspected broken collar bone in the incident on Skiddaw on Saturday.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 1.15pm.

A team spokesperson said the rider was descending from Skiddaw summit towards Carl Side when he came off his bike.

“The team dispatched a Land Rover which made its way up to the col behind Dodd with the expectation that it would be a slog up to the summit and a stretcher carry down,” the spokesperson said.

“However, after using an inner tube as an improvised sling to protect the injury, the casualty felt well enough to start walking down with his friends.

The rider's damaged helmet. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rider's damaged helmet. Photo: Keswick MRT

“The group were met at White Stones where one of the team paramedics carried out a thorough assessment of the patient before continuing the walk down to the Land Rover, a short distance away.”

He was then driven to Keswick, where his friends took him to hospital for further checks.

The rescue team said his helmet undoubtedly saved the man from serious injury in the crash.

The incident lasted 1¾ hours and involved 15 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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