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Busy weekend for mountain rescue teams

The rescue on Haystacks. Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue

Mountain rescuers in Cumbria are urging people to take care on the fells, after a busy weekend for their volunteers.

The Cockermouth team were called on Friday to reports of a man who had slipped and injured his ankle on Haystacks, above Buttermere.

As they tried to find him, they found a female cyclist who had fallen from her bike whilst descending into Buttermere village, suffering head and shoulder injuries.

They treated her at the scene, before the Great North Air Ambulance airlifted her to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

In the meantime, Keswick Mountain Rescue Team made their way to the first incident on Haystacks, and carried the injured man back to Honister Slate Mine on a stretcher.

He was then taken by ambulance to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

It’s always reassuring to know we can call on neighbouring teams, to help us out in situations where we are short on numbers – no doubt we’ll be returning the favour before too long!"

– Andrew McNeil, Cockermouth Team leader
On the way to the first rescue, the Cockermouth team stopped to help a cyclist. Credit: Cockermouth Mountain Rescue
The Wasdale team's rescue on Friday. Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were also busy.

They were called to help a walker with a head wound, who had fallen while descending from Scafell to Green How on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday they received two further callouts - both to help groups taking part in the three peaks challenge, who had ended up separating and coming down separately.

They have urged anyone taking part in similar challenges to ensure their group sticks together.

The Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team had their fiftieth callout of the year on Saturday, when a 15-year-old was injured while running on Knott Hill.