Rescuers at the scene on Stybarrow Dodd. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the scene on Stybarrow Dodd. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers went to the aid of a group of walkers, including an 11-year-old boy, who got into difficulties on the Helvellyn range.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 5.15pm on Saturday when the party rang for help from Stybarrow Dodd.

A team spokesperson said: “A group of walkers were intending to walk from Threlkeld over the Dodds and along the ridge towards Helvellyn and camping near Red Tarn.

“Unfortunately the going was slow with bad weather and they got a soaking. An 11-year-old in the group got particularly cold and as they found it difficult to warm him up got concerned about his wellbeing.

“While help was being requested they decided to pitch tents on the side of Stybarrow Dodd and got the boy out of wet clothes and into two sleeping bags with some warm food.

“By the time Keswick MRT arrived he had warmed up and with some dry clothes was able to walk down with the team from Sticks Pass down to Stanah.”

The 4¼-hour incident involved 17 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

While rescuers were making their way to the scene, another call for help came in from an injured walker above Borrowdale.

The spokesperson said: “It was initially reported that there had been a knee or hip injury but it transpired that the person had slipped, done the splits, and pulled a muscle.

“The party continued down and were met by Keswick MRT at the lower fell gate but did not require treatment or assistance.”

Ten team members were involved in the incident, which lasted almost 1¾ hours.

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