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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Carlisle pensioner airlifted after collapsing on Helvellyn

A Carlisle man was airlifted to hospital after collapsing on the way up to Helvellyn.

Members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team called out the crew of the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance to help convey the 68-year-old to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

It was first suspected the man was suffering from a diabetic condition, but he was later diagnosed with a possible stroke.

The rescuers were called at around 10am yesterday to Brown Cove Craggs, not far from Swirls car park.

Six mountain rescuers and a paramedic from the North West Ambulance Service, who was also a member of the team, made an initial assessment of the walker before transporting him to the air ambulance.

The Pride of Cumbria helicopter’s on-board doctor made another assessment of the casualty before the walker was flown to hospital.

Mountain rescuers brought the man’s dog off the fell, which was later picked up by family members.

An avalanche warning was issued for part of the Lake District over the weekend.

People heading out towards Raise, near Helvellyn, were warned to take extra care after severe wintry weather on Friday.

Dozens of volunteers from the Lake District Ski Club – which has a tow and hut at raise – were out yesterday digging their equipment out of several feet of snow.

Mountain rescuers, meanwhile, have warned walkers to be prepared for the wintry conditions after a woman slipped on ice.

Members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called by police to go to the aid of a woman who had slipped on Dollywagon Pike yesterday.

The woman was not hurt but she and her husband were unable to continue due to the conditions underfoot and were found to be ill-equipped to carry on.

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