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Man dies after 200ft fall in Lake District

Mountain Rescue team members at the scene Photo: Keswick Mountian Rescue Team

A man has died after falling over 200ft from Hellvelyn.

Around 25 rescuers from Keswick and Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called at 3.36pm to the incident, at Brown Cove Crags on Saturday.

The man, out walking with a partner, landed on to rocks as he fell down the main footpath from Swirls car park to Helvellyn summit.

A winching helicopter was immediately requested to assist, but was unable to aid the rescue because of strong winds.

Rescuers and a passing doctor reached the man, but his injuries were so serious that he didn't survive.

Other team members helped the casualty's partner back down the mountain.

Over the weekend, Helvellyn has been the centre of three rescues involving members of Keswick and Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team.

This is the fourth incident this year at Brown Cove Crags involving falls on the descent route from the summit of Helvellyn.

Rescuers are reminding walkers that conditions on the fells remain extremely difficult during winter weather.

Conditions in the valley give no clue to how difficult conditions will be at 800 metres.

The Team cannot emphasise enough the serious challenge that the mountain poses in these winter conditions; snow patches have frozen to bullet hard ice, making crampons, and an ice axe to arrest any slip/fall absolutely essential."

– Keswick Mountain Rescue Team