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

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

A walker was airlifted from England’s third-highest mountain after injuring herself in a fall.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted at 1.45pm on Saturday to the incident on Striding Edge on Helvellyn.

Police contacted the team after receiving a call to say the elderly woman had slipped while traversing the ridge, resulting in a fall.

A team spokesperson said: “The leader on call initiated the response by the team and due to her injuries, the location and the hot weather requested a Coastguard helicopter to assist.

“Team members ascended on foot to Striding Edge while the helicopter from Prestwick arrived on scene. The lady was treated at scene for shoulder and arm injuries including a fractured wrist. She was winched into the helicopter and flown to hospital for further treatment.”

The rescue thanked the Coastguard crew for their help. “This saved a long and very hot evacuation as the weather was extremely hot,” the spokesperson said.

The incident involved 12 Patterdale MRT volunteers and lasted just over three hours.

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