Five teenage girls rescued in Cumbrian fells

Five teenage girls have been rescued from a river swollen by heavy rainfall while on a walking trip through Cumbria.

The teenagers, all aged about 16 and from Cheshire, were walking between Borrowdale and Ennerdale.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue was called at 1830 BST on Monday when the girls became trapped in torrential rain and rising water levels on Loft Beck.

A spokesperson for the team said the girls were left shaken but unharmed.

November floods

They were taken to Black Sail youth hostel nearby.

Crew member Mike Park said: "One of them attempted to cross the river and got into difficulty.

"The other four managed to pull her out the river and they contacted Mountain Rescue.

"We used swift water rescue equipment, the same that was used during the November floods because of the conditions.

"We were wearing dry suits and we carried buoyancy aids for the girls.

"I can't fault how they handled it. They called for help as soon as they realised they were in trouble. They were a bit shaken but nobody was injured."

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