Cumbria

Husband and wife in Lake District Helvellyn rescue

Helicopter hovers over rescue scene
Image caption The couple were airlifted to hospital

A husband and wife were rescued when they fell from the same spot while walking in the Lake District.

A passer-by saw the man fall from Swirral Edge, Helvellyn, into Brown Cove. As he was dialling 999 he saw the woman fall too.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team said it believed the woman was trying to reach her husband when she also slipped on Sunday afternoon.

Both were taken by air ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary, in Carlisle.

Thirteen volunteers were involved in the rescue, along with volunteers from the Calder Valley and Kendal mountain rescue teams and the RAF mountain rescue service.

The couple were taken to hospital by a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer, in Northumberland.

Patterdale deputy leader Dan Farley said they had been "extremely lucky".

He said he did not believe weather had been a factor but conditions on the high fells were wintry.

He urged people to take winter walking equipment with them, including ice axe, crampons and torch.

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