The cyclist camped near Boredale Hause. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The cyclist camped near Boredale Hause. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A mountain biker had to be helped to safety from a Lake District fell as Storm Francis swept the area.

The 41-year-old Birmingham man set up camp overnight near Boredale Hause after suffering severe cramps.

Police contacted Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team at 6.25am on Tuesday when the cyclist called for help, concerned about the high winds and driving rain that were buffeting him.

A team spokesperson said: “After some reassurance from one of the team deputy leaders the man agreed to walk him and his bike off the fell and that the team would be watching him via modern telephone technology from the base in Patterdale.

“He was met off the fell by the deputy team leader and taken to his pre booked B&B.”

The previous day, the Patterdale team was contacted by ambulance staff with a request to help a 79-year-old man who slipped and suffered a suspected broken ankle while walking with friends near Brown Hills, close to Watermillock Common.

The spokesperson said: “The team initiated a pincer-type movement accessing the stricken pensioner from Dowthwaitehead and also from the wall line above Brunt Crag close to Aira Force.

“Once at scene the gentlemen was treated for his injuries by one of the team doctors and packaged into a stretcher then carried to Dowthwaitehead for onward transportation in a team vehicle to Dockray for a rendezvous with a county ambulance.”

The five-hour rescue involved 16 Patterdale MRT volunteers.

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