The Great North Air Ambulance at Red Tarn. Photo: Patterdale MRT

The Great North Air Ambulance at Red Tarn. Photo: Patterdale MRT

A walker was airlifted to hospital after falling from Swirral Edge on Helvellyn.

The 66-year-old from the North-East of England suffered a chest injury in the incident.

A member of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team came across the man, who had bruised ribs and was having difficulty breathing. The team was called out and 17 members set out in three vehicles.

A team spokesperson said: “Due to the nature of the injuries a request was made to the Great North Air Ambulance for assistance.

“As team members were ascending to Swirral Edge the air ambulance helicopter managed to land at Red Tarn outlet and was able to transport the casualty to Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.”

The incident lasted about two hours.

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