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Man seriously injured in Coniston mine fall

[E]ighteen members of Coniston Mountain Rescue Team went to the assistance of a man in his twenties who had fallen while exploring one of the many disused slate mines on The Old Man of Coniston on Wednesday afternoon afternoon.

The man was found with serious injuries outside the mine, which was very close to the main path up the Old Man. He was treated for severe hand, and possibly serious upper leg and pelvis injuries, and placed in a full body vacuum mattress.

A spokesman for Coniston MRT said: “Due to high winds, the North West Air Ambulance was unable to land in the vicinity, so the casualty was stretchered down to the Team’s Land Rover Ambulances and taken to the helicopter which was waiting at The John Ruskin School playing fields.

“He was transferred Preston Royal Infirmary.

“The Team would like to remind people that although many of the mines look quite safe, they can be extremely dangerous with drops and unstable rock, and should only be investigated by experienced people with the correct equipment.”

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