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

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

A walker was airlifted from a Lake District mountain after suffering chest pains.

The 70-year-old had made it to the summit of Blencathra via Hall’s Fell Ridge on Monday when he became ill.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 2.10pm and the North West Air Ambulance was also scrambled from its Blackpool base.

A team spokesperson said: “Team members were urgently dispatched and air ambulance assistance requested. Helimed 08 was quickly on scene just as the team were making their way up Blease Fell.

“The helicopter medics assessed and treated the casualty and MRT helped stretcher him to the nearby helicopter. He was then flown to Lancaster hospital for ongoing treatment.”

The incident lasted 2½ hours and involved 18 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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