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Saturday, 12 July 2014

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Couple rescued after fall from Cumbrian fell

A husband and wife were airlifted to hospital after they fell about 400 feet from a Lake District peak.

A man dialled 999 after witnessing the husband fall from Swirral Edge into Brown Cove at around 3.30pm yesterday.

Whilst he was talking to police he saw the woman from the same place on the ridge, reportedly falling much further than her husband.

A short time later the police received a second 999 call from the woman who had fallen, who explained she had been trying to reach her husband.

Volunteers from Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, who had just finished training nearby, made their way to Kepple Cove before setting off on foot to the scene.

An RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland was dispatched and the Great North Air Ambulance was requested.

he air ambulance flew overhead but was not able to help due to darkness.

The man was winched into the Sea King before rescuers on the ground assessed his wife. The aircraft was then able to evacuate her before flying the couple to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

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