The man fell from the crag above Levers Water. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man fell from the crag above Levers Water. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A man was rescued after suffering a leg injury when he fell on a Lake District mountainside.

Ambulance staff asked for help from Coniston Mountain Rescue Team when the man reportedly fell 50ft from Gill Cove Crag above Levers Water.

The team was alerted about 1.40pm on Saturday, with information that the fall had left the man’s bone exposed.

A Coniston MRT spokesperson said: “When incidents are reported such as this with a fall from height, you would expect severe trauma. With the current operating procedures due to the pandemic, calls were made to contact team members and extra medical care to facilitate the rescue.

“Attempts were made to contact the casualty party but this was not successful. Due to the reported situation the team leader was contacted by the air desk to inform him of the availability of aircraft should they be needed.

“The Great North Air Ambulance from Langwathby was dispatched and the Coastguard were put on standby.

“Team members assembled at base and made their way in two Land Rovers to Levers Water. It was decided that the third Land Rover would also be despatched as soon as a third team was assembled.”

Rescuers accessed the site via the path along the western shore of Levers Water in wet and windy conditions with cloud level down to about 1,000ft or below.

The spokesperson said: “The casualty was located further down than was expected, where the path crosses the beck which flows from the cove. His injuries were not as traumatic as previously reported so the helicopters were stood down and a land ambulance was requested instead.

“The gentleman was treated for his injuries by two doctors from Langdale Ambleside MRT with assistance of one of their casualty carers and our leading casualty carer.

“The gentleman was stretchered, with difficulty, to the waiting team vehicles and was transported down the track to rendezvous with an ambulance.

“All kit used was then put into quarantine and other equipment was sterilised.”

The 2½-hour incident involved nine Coniston MRT members and three from the Langdale Ambleside team.

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