Team members stretcher the injured walker from the Watendlath path. Photo: Keswick MRT

Team members stretcher the injured walker from the Watendlath path. Photo: Keswick MRT

A walker was stretchered from a Lake District fell after an encounter with a group of playful dogs.

The 58-year-old woman slipped on wet rock after being bumped into by the animals on a beckside path below Watendlath on Monday.

She injured her hip in the incident, and was unable to continue. Her husband had to walk to Watendlath to get a mobile signal from where he was able to call for mountain rescue help.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 11.50am.

A team spokesperson said: “Two vehicles left base and made their way towards Watendlath. As the exact casualty location was not known teams approached from below and above, quickly locating the casualty approximately 500m below Watendlath.

“Analgesia was given to relieve pain before stretchering the female across the river to a team vehicle. The casualty was then taken to Keswick Cottage Hospital to rendezvous with an ambulance that would take her to Carlisle infirmary for an x-ray.”

The incident involved 11 team volunteers and lasted almost 2¾ hours.

The walker was sledged from Cat Bells. Photo: Keswick MRT

The walker was sledged from Cat Bells. Photo: Keswick MRT

As the rescue was ending, the team was alerted to another walker in difficulties on Cat Bells.

A woman had slipped on wet grass near the summit of the fell and injured her ankle.

The spokesperson said: “After a brisk kit re-sort en route and with fresh team members going direct the casualty was quickly found.

“Following pain relief and splinting of the ankle, the woman was sledged down the side of Cat Bells to the road. Her partner then took her to hospital for x-rays and further checks.”

The 2½-hour incident involved 19 Keswick MRT members.

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