Rescuers tend to the injured runner, with the air ambulance in the distance. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers tend to the injured runner, with the air ambulance in the distance. Photo: Keswick MRT

A runner was rescued from the Sca Fell range after a leg injury left her unable to carry on.

The 51-year-old was descending Great End towards Scafell Pike with her partner on Monday when she felt her hamstring give way and fell over.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 1.10pm.

A team spokesperson said: “She was in intense pain and unable to straighten her leg or bear weight on it.

“Two Keswick MRT vehicles left base and due to the remote location in the high fells helicopter support was requested. Helimed 08 from the North West Air Ambulance based at Blackpool was quick to take off and managed to land close to the casualty above Calf Cove.

“The air ambulance doctor treated the casualty giving pain relief. Meantime the team continued toiling up the hill in the heat and arrived on scene in time to help load the casualty into the helicopter which then transported her to the Great North Air Ambulance base at Langwathby, to be met by a land ambulance for onward transport to hospital.

“Many thanks to NWAA who saved us a very long stretcher carry down.”

The 4½-hour incident involved 18 team members.

Rescuers and the air ambulance at the Stonethwaite incident. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers and the air ambulance at the Stonethwaite incident. Photo: Keswick MRT

The following day the Keswick team went to the aid of ambulance staff when an 18-year-old man suffered a seizure while passing through Stonethwaite campsite after a walk up the valley.

His friends called 999 but the ambulance was unable to reach the campsite via its rough track.

The Keswick team spokesperson said: “While continuing on foot the ambulance crew requested assistance from Keswick MRT.

“A vehicle was dispatched to the campsite and met a number of other team members who had travelled direct.

“The man’s condition also triggered a response from the Great North Air Ambulance who landed in a nearby field. After an assessment by the medical teams the Keswick MRT Sprinter transported the casualty to the land ambulance who then took the man to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle.”

The incident lasted almost 1¾ hours.

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