Rescuers with the air ambulance on Bleaberry Fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers with the air ambulance on Bleaberry Fell. Photo: Keswick MRT

A group of medics called out mountain rescue after one of their party suffered serious leg and wrist injuries in a fall on a Lake District hill.

The incident happened on Bleaberry Fell on Tuesday, when the 50-year-old walker took a tumble off a crag, injuring himself.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 12.20pm.

A team spokesperson said: “If you are going to have an accident I recommend being with this group for their collective medical knowledge and experience.

“The downside was they had little in the way of medical equipment or drugs for such an eventuality so they called for mountain rescue assistance.

“Due to the serious nature of the injuries and the distance from the road we requested an air ambulance. Keswick team managed to drive a Land Rover up behind Walla Crag to leave a shortish jog to the casualty location on the slopes of Bleaberry Fell.”

The rescue scene in Whinlatter Forest. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rescue scene in Whinlatter Forest. Photo: Keswick MRT

The Great North Air Ambulance landed on the hilltop, about 200m above the injured walker. The helicopter crew treated the man and administered strong pain relief before rescue team members stretchered him to the aircraft.

The incident lasted just over 2¼ hours and involved 10 Keswick MRT volunteers.

The team had earlier been called out to aid an ambulance crew who were tending to a 15-year-old girl who injured her leg when she fell off her mountain bike on the south blue route in Whinlatter Forest.

Keswick MRT members stretchered the injured teenager a short distance from the bike track to an ambulance waiting on a forest road.

Nine team members were involved in the incident for almost 1¼ hours.

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