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Walker flown to hospital after Lake District fall

[A] walker has been flown to hospital after falling a considerable distance down a steep, rocky snowslope.

Following a callout to Pillar on Friday, Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called again on Saturday 24 February.

Team members had just finished a helicopter training session with the Keswick team and Coastguard helicopter Rescue 199 from Prestwick, near Braithwaite, at approximately 11.30am, when they received a call to assist a lone walker who had fallen a considerable distance down a steep and rocky snowslope from the Shamrock traverse, again on Pillar Mountain.

A spokesman for Cockermouth MRT said: “The coastguard helicopter R199, returned to the training field, picked up three team members and flew them to the scene on Pillar near Robinsons Cairn.

“The three team members, kit and the helicopter winchman/paramedic were winched down to the casualty.

“His injuries were assessed and he was packaged on a stretcher and winched on board R199 and transferred to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.”

Approx 20 CMRT team members responded to the incident.

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