Man rescued after 115ft fall into mountain gully

Library pic: Looking over Derwent Water towards Keswick in the Lake District
Library pic: Looking over Derwent Water towards Keswick in the Lake District
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A man suffered serious multiple injuries after slipping and falling 115ft into a gully while out walking with his family in the Lake District.

The 62-year-old, believed to be from York, was descending Robinson, in the north western fells, on Friday afternoon when the accident happened.

Both the Great North Air Ambulance and Rescue 999 responded to calls for help from the Keswick Mountain Rescue team who scrambled three vehicles, and were on scene within 50 minutes. The man was airlifted to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle for treatment.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team said: “Because of the casualty’s location, it became clear that the best course of action would be for the Coastguard helicopter to winch the casualty from the scene, and then land close to the Air Ambulance so that the casualty could be transferred.

“The casualty would then have the benefit of the expert medical support available on the Air Ambulance.

“Team members assisted with the transfer between the aircraft, and the patient was then airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary for further treatment.

“The Team wishes to express its gratitude to both aircrews for their prompt response, as it saved a large amount of time and effort in recovering the casualty, and gave him the best possible chance of a good outcome.”