Rescuers with the fallen walker in the gully. Photo: Keswick MRT

Rescuers with the fallen walker in the gully. Photo: Keswick MRT

Two teams spent more than six hours rescuing a woman who fell from Sharp Edge on Blencathra.

A walker came across the injured woman early on Saturday.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was alerted about 8.40am. A team spokesperson said she had fallen about 20m down the ‘usual gully’, which has been the site of numerous incidents, including fatal falls.

“Although suffering multiple injuries she had somehow managed to stop herself falling much further,” the spokesperson said. “She was also fortunate to have received excellent first aid by a passing Royal Marine while awaiting MRT support.”

The Keswick team requested the help of Penrith MRT and a Coastguard helicopter with winching capabilities because of the complex nature of the rescue.

Sharp Edge. Photo: Bob Smith Photography

Sharp Edge. Photo: Bob Smith Photography

The spokesperson said: “In wet conditions Sharp Edge is notoriously slippy so a safety line was established to get team members across the Edge.

“A twin-rope system was then set up to enable the treated and packaged casualty to be lowered down the gully to a doctor from the Penrith team. Low cloud meant a stretcher carry was necessary to a point where Coastguard 912 [from Humberside] could land and airlift the casualty to hospital.”

The incident lasted just over 6¼ hours and involved 18 volunteers from the Keswick team and 10 from Penrith MRT.

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