Keswick team members stretcher the injured woman at Stockley Bridge. Photo: Keswick MRT

Keswick team members stretcher the injured woman at Stockley Bridge. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two Lake District teams combined to rescue an injured walker.

The 19-year-old hurt her ankle in a fall near Sty Head Pass.

A spokesperson for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team said the group she was with attempted to help her down to Seathwaite but they realised this would not be possible and so called for help.

“Fortunately Wasdale MRT had set off for a training exercise and were relatively near to the casualty site,” the spokesperson said. “They immediately called off the training and went to assist.”

Rescuers treated the injury and gave the woman pain relief. The Keswick MRT spokesperson said: “The Wasdale team agreed to stretcher the casualty down towards Seathwaite for a handover with Keswick MRT near to Stockley Bridge. Keswick would then complete the carry.”

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the rescue teams had to don personal protective equipment.

The Keswick spokesperson said: “Bear in mind that Sunday was a very hot and muggy day and so a long stretcher carry in PPE is particularly difficult.

“Our thanks go to the Wasdale team who, following the handover, had to ascend back over Sty Head to Wasdale. A sterling effort.”

Eleven Keswick team members were involved in the incident for about 2¾ hours, with the Wasdale team active for a much longer period.

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