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Lake District teams in seven-hour Scafell Pike rescue

Mountain rescuers in the Lake District carried out a seven-hour operation after a man suffered head injuries in a 100ft (30m) fall on Scafell Pike.

The injured man, from Cambridgeshire, was with his young son and a friend when the incident happened on Saturday.

More than 20 volunteers from the Wasdale and Duddon & Furness teams were involved in the operation to carry the man, in his 30s, to safety.

He was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven for treatment.

A spokesman for the Wasdale team said: "The group had reached the summit and whilst descending in very poor visibility, took a slight deviation off route.

'Risk of hypothermia'

"Whilst descending a steep boulder field he fell down the steep ground lacerating and injuring his head.

"Fortunately the fall was heard by a couple who were below them who helped with first aid and the calling out of the team.

"The injured man was given care by the team doctor, whilst the group who were now very cold and wet, particularly the young son who was at risk of hypothermia, were warmed up in a bivvy tent.

"This was an extremely arduous carry down over broken and steep ground, with the casualty being transferred to a road ambulance at Brackeclose and taken to Whitehaven for further treatment.

"This was a seven-hour rescue in poor weather over difficult terrain which would have taken much longer without help from our neighbouring team at Duddon and Furness."

The man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

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