Cumbria

Oldham man rescued after Lake District fell plunge

Helvellyn
Image caption The man was injured after falling 200m (656ft)

A 65-year-old walker was flown to hospital after falling 200m (656ft) down a Lake District fell.

The man, from Oldham, was on Swirral Edge on Helvellyn, Cumbria, when he slipped and fell into Brown Cove, sustaining head and facial injuries.

Volunteers from the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team carried him down to the valley below the cloud level.

An air ambulance then took the man to Cumberland Infirmary. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The man was cared for by passing walkers on Saturday while members of the rescue team climbed to Swirral Edge with a paramedic and doctor.

Because of the low cloud the air ambulance was unable to reach him so the man was carried several hundred metres on a stretcher.

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