The man collapsed while descending Carl Side. Photo: Keswick MRT

The man collapsed while descending Carl Side. Photo: Keswick MRT

A man has died after collapsing on a Lake District mountainside.

The 61-year-old was descending the path on Carl Side on Skiddaw on Sunday when he became unwell.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted at 12.20pm. A team spokesperson said: “Walkers in the vicinity immediately went to help at the same time as alerting the emergency services.

“The Great North Air Ambulance was first on scene followed shortly after by Keswick MRT. Sadly, despite a sustained effort by all the medical professionals, the man could not be resuscitated.

“Our thoughts and condolences go to the man’s family and friends.”

The three-hour incident involved 14 team members.

Rescuers stretcher the walker down towards Swirls car park. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers stretcher the walker down towards Swirls car park. Photo: Keswick MRT

Later that day Keswick MRT was called out again when a 67-year-old man became exhausted while descending the north-western slopes of Helvellyn towards Swirls.

The spokesperson said: “He was reported to be cold and unable to take on any sustenance.

“Two Keswick MRT vehicles were dispatched and the first team members quickly made contact with the casualty.

A rescuer with one of the less grateful members of the party. Photo: Keswick MRT

A rescuer with one of the less grateful members of the party. Photo: Keswick MRT

“An examination revealed he had very low blood sugar but after warming and providing some fast-acting carbohydrate he started to recover. As the man was still weak it was decided to stretcher him down to the car park.

“While the man and his wife, who was with him, were very grateful for the help, their two friendly looking dogs did not seem to appreciate the assistance provided, but that’s another story involving a few minor bites and a dose of antibiotics.”

Nineteen team volunteers were involved in the incident which lasted almost 3½ hours.

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