A LONE fell-walker who was stranded after injuring an ankle was rescued - thanks to a couple and mountain rescuers.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday afternoon after the couple found the walker, who had slipped, suffering a suspected ankle fracture.

They contacted the police, asking for mountain rescue, and providing a location using the online 'What3Words' location finder ap.

The couple stayed with the casualty until the rescue team arrived.

Team members say that for some unknown reason the W3W reference positioned the casualty close to the A66 near Braithwaite - miles away from where the walker was found.

'PhoneFind' technology was used to provide the team with a precise grid reference - on a path between Green Gable and Base Brown.

Team vehicles set off for the Drum House above Honister pass, and from here the team made their way on foot around Brandreth and over Gillercomb Head towards Base Brown.

After providing pain relief and strapping the casualty's ankle, the walker was stretchered down Gillercomb and then down the rocky path next to Sour Milk Gill to Seathwaite.

An ambulance took the person to hospital for further checks and treatment.

Through their Facebook page, the team thanked the couple who alerted the police and stayed with the casualty.

The rescue involved 20 team members and took four hours 43 minutes.

* Photos courtesy of the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page.