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Woman seriously injured in Helvellyn plunge

(top) Coastguard rescue helicopter (bottom) Helvellyn
(top) Coastguard rescue helicopter (bottom) Helvellyn

[A] woman has been flown to hospital with serious multiple injuries after falling 30ft from Striding Edge on Helvellyn.

Emergency services were alerted at approx 12:20pm today, Sunday 7 May.

Due to the nature of the reported injuries, head, facial, chest, abdominal, shoulder and arm a Coastguard helicopter was immediately scrambled from Caernarfon.

North West Air Ambulance also attended the incident and provided medical support on scene.

A spokesman for Patterdale MRT said: “The casualty was treated on scene before being winched into the Coastguard Rescue helicopter and taken to Patterdale Playing Field for transfer to the air ambulance and onward transmission to hospital.

“Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were also supported by Penrith Mountain Rescue Team.

“The incident was attended by eight Patterdale and 12 Penrith team members and lasted three hours.”

Whilst dealing with the incident on Helvellyn, Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to assist with the rescue of a 30-year-old woman who had broken her ankle on the other side of the valley.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team were already on scene and able to provide assistance.

The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter which had just evacuated the casualty from Helvellyn and transferred her to the air ambulance, was then tasked to collect the second casualty and transfer her to hospital.

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