Team members stretcher the injured mountain biker from the fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members stretcher the injured mountain biker from the fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team’s busy spell continued on Thursday, with two callouts in quick succession.

The team’s volunteers were first alerted shortly after noon when a mountain biker suffered injuries on a fellside.

His companion was fortunate enough to meet the team’s leader while hunting for a phone signal to raise the alarm.

A team spokesperson said: “A couple of friends were mountain biking the Borrowdale Bash circuit around the valley.

“On a fairly innocuous part of the track above Seatoller one of the riders’ front wheel slipped on some wet rock and he went over the handlebars. The crash caused a deep cut to his knee and was bad enough that help was needed.”

The uninjured man came across the team leader who was already in the area and mobilised his colleagues.

The spokesperson said: “Team members made their way to the casualty site and after treatment stretchered the man to the mountain rescue vehicles parked half-way up Honister Pass.

“The casualty was transported to the Keswick Cottage Hospital for further treatment.”

The incident lasted just less than 1¾ hours.

The injured woman is stretchered from Latrigg. Photo: Keswick MRT

The injured woman is stretchered from Latrigg. Photo: Keswick MRT

Soon after returning to base, the Keswick team was called out again to aid a walker on Latrigg.

The woman was descending the fell on the Spooneygreen Lane path when she heard a snapping noise in her ankle and was unable to continue.

The spokesperson said: “Uncertain at first of her position two vehicles were sent out, one to the main Gale Road car park behind Latrigg, and the other to the bottom of Spooneygreen Lane.

“With this pincer movement she was soon located. The ankle was assessed, pain relief provided, bandaged and splinted. She was then stretchered down the path where an ambulance transported her to hospital at Carlisle.”

Fourteen team volunteers were involved in the incident, which lasted just over 1¼ hours.

The Keswick team has been called out 46 times this year.

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