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Walker dies after Helvellyn fall in Lake District

Helvellyn
Image caption The men were found on snowy ground

A man has died after falling from "very steep snowy ground" on Helvellyn in the Lake District.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called at 16:00 GMT on Saturday following reports two men had fallen from Swirral Edge into Brown Cove.

The men, from Widnes, were descending the peak when one of them slipped. The second man is believed to have fallen 984ft (300m) while helping his friend.

The death is the second on the mountain in the past week.

The pair were found on steep icy ground and taken to hospital, where one of them died overnight from his injuries.

A third member of the party was assisted off the hill by a passing walker and taken to the mountain rescue's base.

The team said a total of 45 rescue personnel were involved in the latest incident which lasted seven hours.

A week ago, the body of a man from London was discovered after he had set off to climb the mountain.

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