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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Man trapped by falling rock on Lake District peak

A falling rock trapped a man and left him with a broken leg as he walked at Ennerdale.

Cockermouth rescue team photo
Rescuers took the man to safety. Photo: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

The man was in a group of four walkers near the summit of Pillar when the incident happened at about 8.10pm yesterday.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team responded to an emergency call and managed to locate the man and give him initial treatment at the scene.

The casualty was then put on a stretcher and lowered down the fell until he was below cloud level.

Once rescuers had found a suitable landing site out of the cloud, the RAF Sea King helicopter was able to winch the man up.

He was flown to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary.

The incident took almost four hours in total and included 31 Cockermouth volunteers.

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