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Woman airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after 20 metre fall

The rescue took three hours and 22 minutes Photo: Keswick Mountian Rescue Team

A woman has suffered serious head injuries after falling 20 metres down a rocky slope in the Lake District.

She was out walking with her son on Saturday 9 December when she slipped on an icy path above Taylorgill Force, near Seathwaite in Cumbria.

Her son ran down to a nearby farm to raise the alarm at 3.20pm, and she was later airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital.

The rescue took almost three and a half hours.

It involved 17 members of Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, the Great North Air Ambulance Service and Coastguard helicopter.

Credit: Keswick Mountian Rescue Team

In a statement on Facebook, Keswick Mountain Rescue Team said:

The casualty was in an awkward location, so a request for a Coastguard helicopter with winching capabilities was made.

Fortunately, the Great North Air Ambulance Service was able to attend fairly swiftly, and the medical crew were deployed to assess the patient.

KMRT would like to thank the crew of the Great North Air Ambulance Service and HM Coastguard Rescue 936 for their assistance on this rescue.

– Keswick Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson