The injured man is stretchered from the gill. Photo: Keswick MRT

The injured man is stretchered from the gill. Photo: Keswick MRT

A man was injured after falling into a beck in the Lake District.

Rescuers said the man was looking for photographic inspiration in Launchy Gill near the western shore of Thirlmere, when he slipped and fell into the stream bed.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 2.05pm on Wednesday.

A team spokesperson said: “The man heard and felt a crack in his ankle as he landed and was in great pain and unable to move.

“A passing cyclist raised the alarm by calling 999 and asking for mountain rescue. As the callout was very close to the road the team sent one vehicle with more team members standing by should they be required.

“Strong pain relief was given by a team paramedic before splinting the ankle and extricating the man from the steep-sided stream bed on a stretcher with the help of rigging lines.

“The man was handed over to an ambulance for onward transport to hospital.”

The incident lasted just over two hours and involved 11 Keswick MRT volunteers.

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