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Man critical after Blencathra plunge

DSC_0219[A] man has been flown to hospital in a critical condition after falling on Blencathra.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) were called at 2.55pm yesterday to Scales where a man aged in his 60s had fallen about 40 metres while walking.

The Pride of Cumbria aircraft flew from Langwathby to the scene.

The helicopter took the GNAAS doctor and paramedic as close to the scene as was safe, before landing at the base of the fell.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team was already on scene.

A spokesman for GNAAS said: “The patient was found to have sustained serious injuries to the head and chest.

“Our trauma team assessed and treated the patient before he was carried around three miles down to the helicopter.

“The patient was given advanced, doctor-led care until he arrived at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

“He was in a critical condition on arrival.

“GNAAS would like to thank members of the Keswick MRT for their help and expertise throughout the operation.”

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