The rescue scene near the head of the Wythburn Valley. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rescue scene near the head of the Wythburn Valley. Photo: Keswick MRT

A mountain biker was airlifted from a Lake District fell after crashing and injuring himself.

The 50-year-old suffered suspected concussion in the incident on the upper reaches of the Wythburn Valley on Friday.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted after the rider’s friend, who was with him, called for help.

A team spokesperson said members parked at Steel End while the North West Air Ambulance flew to the scene from Blackpool.

“The team ascended to the casualty who had by that time been assessed by the helimed crew,” the spokesperson said. “The casualty was able to walk unaided to the landing area and was transported by helicopter to Whitehaven hospital.

“The team recovered the casualty’s mountain bike and returned to base.”

The incident lasted almost 4¼ hours and involved 14 Keswick MRT volunteers. Several team members also stood by at their base in case a long stretcher carry was necessary.

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