The rescue scene on Helvellyn Lower Man. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rescue scene on Helvellyn Lower Man. Photo: Keswick MRT

A participant in a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition was stretchered from a Lake District mountain after injuring herself.

The 17-year-old was with four other girls and two supervisors on the final day of a five-day training outing on Thursday when the incident happened on Helvellyn.

The group was beginning the descent of Lower Man when the teen stumbled and went over on her ankle.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 1.45pm.

A team spokesperson said: “Hearing a ‘pop’ and suffering instant pain on her fall, the student was unable to continue and one of the supervisors called 999 for help.”

Nine rescuers set off to the incident in two vehicles.

The spokesperson said: “On arrival at the scene the well equipped and very upbeat group were warm and protected in the fly sheet of one of their tents from the cold mist and drizzle.

“A team member examined the injury, gave pain relief, padded and then splinted the ankle before the she was loaded onto a stretcher for a long carry and sled back to Swirls car park to an awaiting ambulance.”

The rescue lasted 4½ hours and involved 11 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

Rescuers tend to the injured cyclist in Whinlatter. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers tend to the injured cyclist in Whinlatter. Photo: Keswick MRT

The team was in action later that day when a mountain biker came off her machine in Whinlatter Forest.

The 54-year-old crashed on the south-side red loop and landed heavily, injuring her head and back.

The rescue team was alerted about 7.10pm.

The spokesperson said: “A team set off quickly from base and was joined by a number of team members who travelled directly.

“Because of the potential severity of the injuries a helicopter from North West Air Ambulance attended as well as a North West Ambulance Service ambulance.

“The casualty was assessed and given pain relief by a team doctor before being packaged on a stretcher and taken down to the nearest forest track.”

A team Sprinter vehicle drove the injured cyclist from the forest track down to a waiting ambulance, which took her to hospital in Carlisle.

The spokesperson added: “Many thanks to Helimed 08 from Blackpool for attending.”

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