A 70-YEAR-OLD man had to call for help from a mountain rescue team after he became ill when climbing to the summit of Blencathra.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team were called after the man became ill with chest pains when ascending Hall's Fell to the summit of Blencathra.

They were called at about 2.10pm yesterday.

A spokesman for the team said: "Teams were urgently dispatched and air ambulance assistance requested.

"Helimed 08 (Blackpool) was quickly on scene just as the team were making their way up Blease Fell.

"The helicopter medics assessed and treated the casualty and Mountain Rescue Teams helped stretcher him to the nearby helicopter.

"He was flown to Lancaster hospital for on-going treatment."