Frozen waterfall climber killed in Cumbria

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About 30 mountain rescuers attended the incident

A County Durham man has died at one of Cumbria's popular ice climbing spots.

Dave Church had fallen 25 metres (80ft) at the the frozen Cautley Spout waterfall in the Eastern Howgills, south of Kirkby Stephen on Sunday.

Despite attempts at at resuscitation by an air ambulance paramedic the 54-year-old of Windsor Court, Shildon, was pronounced dead at the scene.

About 30 rescue volunteers attended and his body was winched off the fell by an RAF Sea King helicopter.

A 33-year-old Barnard Castle man, who was Mr Church's climbing companion, was unhurt.

Cave and mountain rescue teams from Kirkby Stephen, Kendal and Teesdale assisted at the incident.

The North West Ambulance service also attended.

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