The climber is stretchered to the air ambulance. Photo: Keswick MRT

The climber is stretchered to the air ambulance. Photo: Keswick MRT

A climber was airlifted from a Lake District quarry after injuring herself in a fall.

The woman was near the top of a sport-climbing route in Bram Crag Quarry, St John’s in the Vale, on Wednesday when the incident happened.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 2.35pm.

A team spokesperson said the climber slipped while trying to clip her tope into a bolt. Her belayer held the fall but she hit the rock face, suffering back and rib injuries.

The spokesperson said: “With the help of a couple of others the climber was lowered to the ground and a call made for assistance. The belayer happened to be a GP and was able to provide a detailed diagnosis while team members made their way to the quarry.”

Because of the nature of the woman’s injuries, rescuers requested air support and the North West Air Ambulance flew to the scene.

The spokesperson said: “After a further medical assessment pain relief was provided and the climber was stretchered a short distance to the helicopter which managed to land in the quarry.”

The incident lasted 2¼ hours and involved 18 Keswick MRT members.

Rescuers tend to the injured mountain biker. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers tend to the injured mountain biker. Photo: Keswick MRT

The team was in action the previous day when a mountain biker crashed on Doddick Fell on the Blencathra massif.

The rider was with two others and had descended when he crashed just above the fell wall, dislocating his elbow.

The team was called out at 2.50pm.

The spokesperson said: “Pain relief was administered, and the elbow was relocated and splinted. He was stretchered down to Doddick Farm to meet the ambulance.”

The rescue involved 15 team volunteers and lasted almost 2¼ hours.

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