Rescuers at the first incident on the flanks of Castle Crag. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the first incident on the flanks of Castle Crag. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers were called twice within two hours to virtually the same spot on a Lake District fell to help injured walkers.

The incidents happened in severe weather on the Allerdale Ramble behind Castle Crag in Borrowdale on Saturday.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 12.20pm when a woman, walking with her partner, went over hard on her ankle while descending the route. A team spokesperson said: “She felt immediate pain and knew she had likely broken it.”

Two team vehicles and volunteers made their way down a ‘very watery’ Borrowdale to Hollows Farm campsite from where they made their way up the track to the rear of Castle Crag.

The spokesperson said: “Having been lying on the cold and wet ground and despite many layers having been placed around her the casualty was getting quite cold.

“On arrival the lady was given a heat blanket and wrapped in a warm casualty bag before being assessed. Some pain relief was given before splinting her lower leg.

“The casualty was then stretchered down, through crazy heavy hail showers, to the team vehicles from where she was transferred to a waiting ambulance in Grange for transport to hospital.”

The two-hour incident involved 13 Keswick MRT members.

Team members stretcher the second injured walker from the fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members stretcher the second injured walker from the fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

Within a short time of returning to base, the team was alerted again.

The spokesperson said: “Not only was it on Castle Crag again but almost in exactly the same place.

“This time it was a lady who had been picked up off her feet by a gust of wind and unceremoniously dumped on her side injuring her shoulder. Most of the team members from the first callout plus a few more quickly re-packed the vehicles and set off back to Hollows Farm campsite and up the Allerdale Ramble to the back of Castle Crag.

“The casualty was assessed, pain relief given and then stretchered down to rendezvous with the ambulance in Grange for onward travel to hospital.”

Twelve team volunteers were involved in the incident for just over 1¾ hours.

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