A Cumbrian mountain rescue team attended its first callout in nearly two months last week, prompting the team to thank the public for acting on the request to stay away from the fells.

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team scrambled nine members of its team to assist the regular ambulance service respond to an incident in the Gosforth area.

The lady in need of help was not stranded on the fells, rather she had injured herself while taking her daily exercise close to her home.

"Not all of our call outs are mountain related and from time to time we are tasked in support of the ambulance crews," a spokesman for the team said.

"The team helped the ambulance crew to safely transport the lady to the nearest road where she was the transferred to an ambulance and taken to hospital.

"The casualty had been assessed at scene and was considered low risk from COVID-19. However, due to the risk of people being asymptomatic, we use PPE when in close proximity to protect both the casualty and the team members."

The incident, which took place last Wednesday, was the first callout the team had had in a number of weeks.

"Due to the great support from everybody it has been almost two months since our last call out.

"On behalf of all the team thank you to all those whom have followed government advice during this difficult time."

Mountain rescue teams in Cumbria have been stressing to the public since the lockdown began that they should not visit the county's fells while the lockdown is still in place, and still should not pay a visit now the lockdown rules have been slightly relaxed.

It is not possible for a mountain rescue team to practice social distancing while responding to a casualty, and should any of Cumbria's mountain rescue team members come into contact with coronavirus, the entire team would have to self-isolate, possibly preventing them from carrying out a subsequent life-saving rescue.