Rescuers at the scene in Langstrath. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers at the scene in Langstrath. Photo: Keswick MRT

A family on a Mother’s Day walk in the Lake District went to the aid of an injured climber who fell from a route above Langstrath.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 3.05pm on Sunday after someone raised the alarm by running to a village pub from the mobile-signal blackspot.

A team spokesperson said: “A father and son were rock-climbing on one of the outcrops above Black Moss Pot.

“While leading the son pulled on a large flake which detached from the main cliff causing him to fall. During the fall the loose rock caused injuries to the son’s head and ankle.

“Fortunately the rope and climbing protection prevented the man hitting the ground.

“The father lowered his son to the base of the climb and both of them tried to shuffle down the hill side to summon the help of people at Black Moss Pot. As mobile reception is non-existent in Langstrath a person ran down to the Langstrath Inn to use the public phone to call the emergency services.

“In the meantime a family, on a Mother’s Day walk, went to help and provided excellent first aid support.”

The Great North Air Ambulance also flew to the scene and landed close to the injured climber. After treatment at the site, Keswick team members stretchered him to the helicopter, which flew him to hospital in Carlisle.

The incident lasted just over 2½ hours and involved 15 volunteers from Keswick MRT.

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