Rescuers stretcher the injured walker to the waiting helicopter. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker to the waiting helicopter. Photo: Keswick MRT

Three rescue teams were alerted after a walker suffered an ankle injury on a Lake District fell.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out shortly before 8am on Tuesday.

A 29-year-old man was with a group making the ascent of Scafell Pike from Seathwaite when the incident happened. The initial call for help went to Wasdale MRT, but they were short of numbers so asked for help from their Keswick colleagues.

A Keswick team spokesperson said: “Keswick MRT were also struggling for numbers and asked Cockermouth MRT for extra support. Due to the remote location, Coastguard helicopter support was also requested.

“The Coastguard helicopter was able to land close to the casualty, who was located at Styhead Tarn, just as the Keswick MRT hill party arrived. The casualty was treated for his pain and his ankle splinted before being stretchered to the waiting helicopter for onward assessment at hospital.

“Many thanks to Cockermouth MRT and Coastguard for their help.”

The incident lasted almost 4½ hours and involved 12 Keswick team volunteers and six from the Cockermouth team.

Later that day, the Keswick team was called out again to aid a walker who was unable to continue an ascent of Blencathra.

The spokesperson said the team was alerted about 2.45pm. “A couple were ascending Hall’s Fell ridge when one of the party became extremely anxious due to the exposed nature of the scramble.

“Rather than continue they decided to maintain their position and call for help.

“A small group of team members began the ascent up the ridge from Gategill, but in the meantime a team member who happened to be in the area was able to descend the ridge from the summit and help the distressed person to the top.

“The couple were then able to make their own way down the main path to the car park.”

The incident involved 11 team members for just over two hours.

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