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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Man rescued after 100ft Lake District fells fall

A 60-year-old man was rescued after falling 100 feet on a mountain.

The walker, from Lincolnshire, slipped and fell on Swirral Edge, Helvellyn, on Saturday.

He was walking with his daughter when he fell and sustained serious head and multiple injuries.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out and was assisted by two passing members of the Penrith team. Great North Air Ambulance’s (GNAA) paramedics were first on the scene.

Along with a Sea King helicopter from RN Prestwick in Scotland, GNAA tried to evacuate the man from his location but low cloud made this impossible.

He was lowered down a scree slope before the helicopter was able to pick him up.

The man was then flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. A GNAA spokesman described his condition as “stable”.

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