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

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

Vehicles parked inconsiderately delayed rescuers trying to reach an injured girl in the Lake District.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out to the incident in Langstrath about 4.15pm on Sunday.

A team spokesperson said Blackmoss Pot in Langstrath Beck was understandably busy on a beautiful day.

“A 12-year-old child jumped into the pool, another person jumped in immediately after and landed on the child’s head,” the spokesperson said. “The child got herself out of the water with some help but with suspected serious head and neck injuries.”

Because of the seriousness of the incident, an air ambulance was requested, along with a Coastguard helicopter. The latter was stood down once the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s Helimed 58 had arrived at the site.

The spokesperson said: “Keswick sent two vehicles with other team members going direct.

“The journey up the valley was made much slower and more difficult by some very inconsiderate roadside parking.

“The casualty was assessed on scene then stretchered to the helicopter and airlifted to Carlisle hospital.”

Twenty Keswick MRT volunteers were involved in the incident for just over 2¼ hours.

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