Rescuers stretcher the injured walker from the fells. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker from the fells. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker was stretchered from a Lake District fell after injuring an ankle in a slip.

A couple came across the lone walker on Saturday and raised the alarm, staying with the injured person until help arrived.

The pair provided a What3words reference, but rescuers said this placed the incident more than seven miles away from its actual location.

A spokesperson for Keswick MRT, which responded to the call for help, said: “For some unknown reason the W3W reference positioned the casualty close to the A66 near Braithwaite.

“Fortunately PhoneFind technology was used and a grid reference confirmed the location as on a path between Green Gable and Base Brown – many miles from the A66.

“Team vehicles set off for the Drum House above Honister Pass, and from here the team made their way on foot contouring around Brandreth and over Gillercomb Head towards Base Brown.

“After providing pain relief and strapping the ankle the casualty was stretchered down Gillercomb and then down the rocky path next to Sour Milk Gill to Seathwaite.”

An ambulance then took the injured walker to hospital for further checks and treatment.

The spokesperson said: “Many thanks to the couple who alerted the police and stayed with the casualty.”

The incident lasted 4¾ hours and involved 20 Keswick MRT volunteers.

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