The walker was airlifted from Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walker was airlifted from Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A walker was airlifted from a Lake District ridge after suffering injuries in a fall.

A Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service team from RAF Leeming went to the aid of the injured walker, who fell about 8m from Striding Edge on Saturday and landed awkwardly on a boulder.

The team, which was covering for Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team while they were on a winter training exercise in the Cairngorms, was at the scene on Helvellyn within five minutes of the call for help.

An RAF Leeming MRT spokesperson said the casualty was in a great deal of pain, so a request was made for a Coastguard helicopter to help with the rescue.

After treatment by the rescue team, the injured walker was airlifted by the helicopter from the mountain.

The Coastguard crew winch the casualty from the ridge

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