The man got into difficulties on Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man got into difficulties on Striding Edge. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Rescuers in the Lake District were called out after a walker fell from Striding Edge on Helvellyn.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted by Cumbria Constabulary about 11.50am on Saturday after police in Yorkshire received a call.

A man in his 50s, from London, slipped and tumbled about 20 feet while traversing the ridge. He was with a group of four attempting the Coast to Coast Walk from east to west.

A team spokesperson said: “Given the location, the nature of the report and the poor visibility in the area at the time, a full callout of the team was initiated.”

On contacting the group, it emerged that the casualty had suffered a deep laceration to his right leg, but he was able to make his way slowly back along Striding Edge.

The spokesperson said: “A group of rescue team volunteers made their way up to Hole in the Wall from Grisedale, while a second group ascended via Mires Beck, both aiming to intercept the descending party.

“The man was able to make his own way from the fell, but was then transported by rescue Land Rover back to the team’s base where he was assessed and treated by two doctors and a nurse who are volunteer team members.”

The three-hour incident involved 13 team members.

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