The rescue scene on Castle Crag. Photo: Keswick MRT

The rescue scene on Castle Crag. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker was stretchered from a Lake District hillside after breaking her leg in a slip.

The 73-year-old was on the old miners’ track under Castle Crag on Sunday when the incident happened.

Her husband called 999 and Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 2.35pm.

Two team vehicles were sent to Rosthwaite and were quickly at the scene.

A team spokesperson said: “After some analgesia her lower leg was splinted and she was stretchered down to Rosthwaite to an ambulance for onward transfer to hospital in Carlisle.”

The rescue lasted just over 2½ hours and involved 13 Keswick MRT volunteers.

Rescuers with the casualty on Barrow. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers with the casualty on Barrow. Photo: Keswick MRT

The team had been called out on Friday when a 70-year-old man walking with family up Barrow began to feel unwell.

The spokesperson said: “With a known medical condition the family thought it wise to call for mountain rescue help.

“A hasty party of five set off from base in a Land Rover, followed shortly thereafter by further team members in a Sprinter.

“One team member, a retired orthopaedic surgeon, went direct to the scene and reached the casualty first to start an assessment. In light of the potentially serious nature of the incident the police had requested Coastguard helicopter support.

“On the team’s arrival the casualty had recovered dramatically and after assessment by team medics the helicopter was stood down.”

After a check over the casualty was happy to walk down unassisted. Team members escorted him and his family to the base of the hill to await the arrival of an ambulance for further checks.”

Eighteen Keswick MRT members were involved in the incident, which lasted almost 1¾ hours.

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