Mountain rescue teams in Cumbria were called upon to be ready to provide assistance as a "major incident" was declared.

On Monday evening, a "silver alert" was briefly issued to mountain rescue teams across the Lake District, as the North West Ambulance Service was struggling to cope with the number of calls it was receiving.

Classed as a "major incident", this status was thankfully revoked just two hours later.

A spokesman for Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team explained: "The North West Ambulance service (NWAS) requested support from the whole of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Organisation, as for a while, they were inundated with requests for assistance and a large number of people were awaiting help.

"In the event we were not needed, but we would have been available to assist where the ambulance crews were unable to get to their patients.

"Or, we would have supported other teams if their response for mountain incidents was adversely affected by helping the ambulance service."