Rescuers at the scene on Blencathra. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the scene on Blencathra. Photo: Keswick MRT

A man was rescued after falling and injuring himself on Sharp Edge on Blencathra.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team went to his aid after being alerted at 2.55pm on Wednesday.

A team spokesperson said: “After climbing Blencathra from Mungrisdale a young man, after considering his options, decided to descend via Sharp Edge.

“The weather was cloudy with a fine drizzle falling and everything was slick with moisture. At the bottom of the steep initial descent and just at the start of the Sharp Edge traverse the man slipped on the extremely greasy rock and fell about 10ft bashing his shoulder and twisting his ankle.

“He had been carrying two ice axes and it was one of those that had stopped him falling further.”

Shaken and in pain, he called 999 and asked for help.

The team spokesperson said: “A team of five quickly set off from Keswick base in the Land Rover shortly followed by a Sprinter with further team members in case the casualty needed to be stretchered down.

“The team made their way up Mousthwaite Comb, up past Scales Tarn and along Sharp Edge to find the casualty in good spirits but getting cold after his wait.

“The man was harnessed up and given a helmet before being rope-lowered down to awaiting team members on what is known as the Chicken Path from where he could be safely walked off.”

The incident lasted just short of four hours and involved 12 Keswick MRT volunteers.

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