Rescue team members stretcher the injured mountain biker from the scene. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescue team members stretcher the injured mountain biker from the scene. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers said a mountain biker’s helmet saved him from a more serious outcome after he crashed in a Lakeland forest.

His companion performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him when he stopped breathing in the incident.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out to the incident, which happened while the pair were descending the Grand National section of the North Red Loop in Whinlatter Forest on Saturday morning.

One of the men crashed and a head injury caused him to stop breathing.

A team spokesperson said: “His colleague commenced CPR and after a short time the injured man started to come round.

“Ambulance paramedics and emergency medics were soon on scene and continued treatment.

“Helimed 58 [from the Great North Air Ambulance Service] was also tasked and landed at Thornthwaite and a Keswick MRT vehicle transported the crew to the casualty site.

“Eventually the man was packaged and stretchered a short distance to an ambulance which took him to the helicopter and onward transfer to hospital.

“The casualty was wearing a helmet which undoubtedly saved him from a more serious outcome.”

The incident lasted almost 1½ hours and involved 15 Keswick MRT members.

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