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Dog walker has life-saving surgery on mountain after falling 300m

Paul Robinson being stretchered onto a helicopter after he fell 300 meter down a cliff face Credit: Patterdale Mountain Rescue / Paul Robinson

A dog walker who had life-saving surgery on a mountain after falling 300 meters down a cliff face.

Paul Robinson was searching for a dog friendly path whilst in the Lake District National Park in August 2016.

He fell over 900 feet and suffered server injuries including breaking his neck in three places, his back in four, fractured ribs, ruptured his spline and kidney.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team and doctors performing surgery on Paul on the mountain Credit: Patterdale Mountain Rescue / Paul Robinson
Lake District National Park Credit: ITV News

Doctors performed emergency surgery on the side of the mountain before he was airlifted to hospital.

Footage shows the moment Paul was stretchered onto a helicopter.

Three years on, Paul is back at work full-time. He says he owes his life to the Patterdale Mountain Rescue who were brave enough to climb the mountain in bad weather.

I'm thankful to Patterdale Mountain Rescue, the air ambulance and the doctor, they saved my life. Without them I wouldn't be here today."

– Paul Robinson:

His dog also suffered injuries from the fall including cuts to its head and back leg.

The dad from Stoke-on-Trent waited two hours for the emergency services to reach them as he was so high up the mountain.

Mike Blakey from Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team said the rescue ranks 'up there' and that Paul is a 'very lucky guy'.

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