Rescuers stretcher the injured walker from Hall's Fell Ridge. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker from Hall's Fell Ridge. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker was rescued after injuring herself near the end of a descent of a Lake District mountain.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 2.50pm on Sunday to the incident on Blencathra.

The walker was with a group that had almost reached the bottom of Hall’s Fell Ridge when she slipped and broke her ankle.

A team spokesperson said: “It was a painful injury and the team gave her some strong pain relief before treating and splinting the ankle.

“She was then stretchered down to Gategill Farm where she was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

The 2½-hour rescue involved 15 Keswick MRT volunteers.

Team members stretcher the injured walker from King's How. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members stretcher the injured walker from King's How. Photo: Keswick MRT

The previous day the team was called out twice. The first incident was when a 50-year-old woman slipped on a wet and greasy rocky path while descending through the woods on the north side of King’s How overlooking Borrowdale.

Rescuers were alerted about 2.55pm.

The spokesperson said: “She had landed on her back and banged the back of her head.

“As she was unable to move, her partner called for help. Two team vehicles were dispatched and made their way up to the casualty, who although well kitted out with extra clothing, was still cold due to the wait in heavy rain.

“After being assessed and treated by the team medics she was packaged with heat blankets and carefully stretchered down the awkward slippy path to a waiting ambulance.”

Fifteen team members took part in the 2¾-hour rescue.

Rescuers at the scene near Sty Head. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the scene near Sty Head. Photo: Keswick MRT

Later that day Keswick MRT was called out to help a 78-year-old man in difficulties on the central fells.

The man and his daughter ascended Great Gable from Seathwaite. The team spokesperson said they were both well equipped and had been preparing for the walk for a while.

“However, as they descended he became exhausted and started stumbling on the wet rocky path, falling a few times and taking a few minor knocks and scrapes.

“It became clear that he would be unable to complete the walk, so his daughter walked to find phone reception and called for help.”

The team was called out at 7.20pm.

The spokesperson said: “A father and son who had been climbing Scafell Pike that day stopped to help the pair and waited with them for the team to arrive.

“One team member who lives in the Borrowdale valley reached the casualty quickly, locating him by Styhead beck.”

Other Keswick MRT members set off in two vehicles and on arrival the walker was assessed and warmed and carried down on the stretcher.

“Due to the difficult nature of the descent, a further page went out to the team at 9pm to help with the carry,” the spokesperson said. “Six more team members attended and helped with the final part of the carry down to Seathwaite, where his family were waiting to drive him back to his B&B for a well earned rest.”

The rescue lasted almost four hours and involved 19 team members.

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