Rescuers in action at the incident at Greenside. Photo: Patterdale MRT

Rescuers in action at the incident at Greenside. Photo: Patterdale MRT

A confused sheep was helped to safety by mountain rescuers after wandering into a precarious position on the slopes of a Lake District fell.

Members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were out training on Friday when a local farmer contacted them, requesting their assistance.

A team spokesperson said: “As well as being an excellent training opportunity the team are always keen to support the local farmers.

“The nonplussed sheep was stuck on a ledge above one of the old Greenside Mine spoil heaps.

“A rope system was set up and a team member was lowered to encourage the sheep back to safety. The sheep very gratefully ran off in search of its flock.”

Six team volunteers were involved in the incident, which lasted about an hour.

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