Rescuers at the scene in the gully on Sharp Edge. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the scene in the gully on Sharp Edge. Photo: Keswick MRT

A man was seriously injured when he fell from Sharp Edge on Blencathra.

He was ascending the ridge on Wednesday with his son on Wednesday when he slipped and fell most of the way down the north gully.

A member of the public witnessed the incident and called emergency services.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 1.40pm and the Great North Air Ambulance Service flew to the scene.

A Keswick MRT spokesperson said a doctor from GNAAS was airlifted to the scene within a short time.

“In the meantime the son had scrambled down to help his father as best as he could,” the spokesperson said. “The air ambulance then returned to Mousthwaite Combe and picked up several Keswick team members taking them to the casualty site.

“While the medical team were treating the man’s serious injuries Coastguard helicopter support was requested to winch the casualty out of the gully. Unfortunately this plan had to be abandoned due to turbulent wind conditions.”

The injured man was secured in a stretcher and lowered by the team to a safe area and placed in the air ambulance, which flew him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne for further treatment.

The 3½-hour rescue involved 14 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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