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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Three flown to hospital from Cumbrian fells

Three people had to be airlifted to hospital and another stretchered off the fells during a busy weekend for mountain rescue teams.

An elderly lady and 23-year-old man were among those taken to hospital by helicopter following separate incidents in the Cumbrian countryside.

The first happened at about 1.30pm on Saturday when a 72-year-old woman from Cockermouth fell and broke her ankle while out walking.

It happened at Scale Force waterfall at Buttermere.

She was treated at the scene by medics from Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team and the Great North Air Ambulance, then flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle by the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance. She did not sustain any other injuries.

On Sunday, mountain rescue crews across the county were called out three times.

At about 1.50pm, the Cockermouth team helped rescue a 23-year-old local man who had fallen nearly 200ft while scrambling on Grasmoor Front, near Crummock.

He landed on a ledge halfway up the front, in an area that was inaccessible to his friends. A total of 21 mountain rescuers attended.

He was treated by two team doctors before being winched into a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer and flown to hospital in Carlisle.

Shortly before this incident, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called to assist a mountain biker who had fallen and dislocated his shoulder while descending from Sticks Pass, Helvellyn.

The team, assisted by members Penrith Mountain Rescue, located the man and administered pain relief.

He was then flown, again by RAF Sea King, to the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

Also yesterday afternoon, an 11-year-old boy sustained minor injuries while walking on Lingmell Cragg, Scafell Pike.

Wasdale mountain eescue, assisted by members of the Duddon-in-Furness team, attended and stretchered him to safety.

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