The incident happened on Swirral Edge on Helvellyn. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The incident happened on Swirral Edge on Helvellyn. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Two helicopter crews flew to the aid of a man who was suffering chest pains on England’s third-highest mountain.

Police alerted Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team to the incident on Swirral Edge on Helvellyn at 3pm on Friday.

The 24-year-old from London developed chest pains while ascending the fell.

A team spokesperson said: “Given the nature of the report and the location on Swirral Edge, assistance was requested from the Great North Air Ambulance and a Coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon.

“As Helvellyn is only five minutes’ flying time from their base in Langwathby, the GNAA helicopter was first on scene, but was unable to land at the casualty site and had to put down in Red Tarn basin.”

While Patterdale team members made their ascent from Brown Cove, the air ambulance crew members climbed up the other side of the ridge to reach the man.

The Coastguard aircraft then arrived at the scene and winched the casualty into the helicopter before flying him down to the air ambulance, which then airlifted him to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The spokesperson said: “The team would like to thank both the Great North Air Ambulance and HM Coastguard for their assistance.”

Thirteen volunteers from Patterdale MRT were involved in the rescue.

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