The man fell from Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man fell from Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A walker was airlifted from a Lake District mountain after falling 60ft from a ridge.

The man suffered head injuries in the incident on Striding Edge on Helvellyn on Sunday.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out by police about 9.55am.

A team spokesperson said: “Due to the nature of the injuries a Coastguard rescue helicopter, which was in the area providing training to Lake District mountain rescue teams, flew to the scene but was unable to access the casualty site due to poor weather.”

However, the aircraft was able to airlift rescue team members and their equipment on to the mountain, close to the scene of the man’s fall.

The spokesperson said: “On arrival the casualty was assessed and the improving weather allowed for the casualty, who had been packaged on a stretcher, to be winched from scene.”

The injured walker was then flown to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

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