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Mountain biker rescued in Lake District

A mountain biker has been rescued from a Lake District fell after suffering from hypothermia.

The casualty got into difficulty whilst riding on Dollywaggon Pike at approximately 2:45pm on Saturday. Members of the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, who were training with an RAF Seaking helicopter at the time, attended the scene.

The biker was airlifted to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further treatment.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team called to assist climbers

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to an incident yesterday after a man fell on Helvellyn.

A 49-year-old man and his friend, both from Cheshire, fell 100 meters down a snow gully while climbing Swirral Edge.

One man was uninjured but the other had head, neck and back injuries.

A mountain rescue team from Coniston came across the pair and called emergency services after making an initial evaluation of their injuries.

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Married couple fall from Helvellyn's Swirral Edge

A married couple are recovering in hospital after falling 130 metres from Swirral Edge, Helvellyn in to Brown Cove.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called to the couples aid after another walker watched the man fall and then the woman shortly afterwards.

"Police received a second 999 call from the woman who had fallen; she had been trying to reach her husband who was the first casualty.

At the time of the incident a number Team members had just finished training and made their way by Landrover to Kepple Cove and then on foot to the scene of the incident. A RAF Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland was dispatched and the Great North Air Ambulance was requested."

– Spokesman, Patterdale MRT

Both casualties were taken by the RAF Sea King helicopter to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Man rescued after 50 feet fall

A man is in hospital after falling 50 feet on Thornow End yesterday afternoon.

Passing walkers saw the man fall near to St Sunday Crag just before five o'clock and alerted the emergency services.

The man suffered a head injury and was treated by the Patterdale Mountain Rescue team, together with a doctor and a paramedic from the Great North Air Ambulance, before being airlifted to hospital.

A Royal Naval Seaking helicopter was involved in the rescue and evacuated the man to hospital in Carlisle.

Full report: Search and rescue drone

Locating missing walkers is a fairly regular occurrence for the region's mountain rescue teams but a new tool has been tested today that could make their job easier and help save lives.

Rescuers in Patterdale have been looking at a drone - an unmanned craft, developed at the University of Central Lancashire - it can scan a large area to search for missing hikers and allow people across the globe to help in rescue missions.

Watch Kim Inglis' report here:

PICTURES: Search and rescue drone in action

The radio controlled drone will beam pictures to a website monitored by rescuers. Credit: ITV News Border
The unmanned drone will also send GPS information to a website monitored by rescuers. Credit: ITV News Border
It's hoped the new technology will benefit search and rescue teams across the region. Credit: ITV News Border
It's hoped the new technology will benefit search and rescue teams across the region. Credit: ITV News Border
It's hoped the new technology will benefit search and rescue teams across the region. Credit: ITV News Border

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Rescue on Swirral Edge, Helvellyn

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team worked with an RAF Sea King helicopter to go to the aid of a man who had fallen 100 metres from Swirral Edge, Helvellyn.

"At the time of the callout 17 team members were on a training exercise with an RAF Sea King rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Six members immediately redeployed to Red Tarn via helicopter, with emergency first aid and rope rescue equipment, and then made their way onto Swirral Edge to locate the injured man.

Further members of the rescue team ascended to Swirral Edge on foot with additional equipment and assisted those already on scene.

The team found the casualty at the head of Brown Cove below Water Crag. He was conscious and was suffering from an injured shoulder and cuts and bruises."

– Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team spokesman

The rescued man was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary for treatment after being airlifted from the mountain by the RAF.

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