Walker dies in 500ft Lake District fall


Walker dies in 500ft Lake District fall

Image caption
Mountain rescue teams said bad weather hampered the operation

A man has died after falling about 500ft (152 metres) while walking in the Cumbrian fells.

The 50-year-old, who has not yet been named, was with a group of eight friends who had planned to spend the night on Dove Crag on Saturday.

But he lost his footing and fell, suffering fatal injuries.

A team of rescuers, which included search dogs and a helicopter with heat-seeking equipment, led the rest of the group to safety.

Mike Blakey, leader of Patterdale Mountain Rescue, said: “The helicopter was able to direct the team straight to the man”s location. He had slipped from a ledge and fallen approximately 150 metres vertically and had sustained fatal injuries.

“The helicopter was unable to get close the scene, but provided lighting from a hover position.

“Unfortunately, due to weather conditions the helicopter was unable to assist further, which meant the team had to evacuate the man over a large boulder field and then down the valley on a stretcher to a Land Rover ambulance.

“This kind of evacuation is always complex as it involves belaying the stretcher down the mountainside and team members literally man-handling the stretcher over each boulder, through dense bracken and over streams.

“We also deployed four team members to assist the remaining members of the party back to the safety of our base.”

The seven-hour rescue operation involved almost 30 members of two mountain rescue teams, aided by seven search dog handlers.

Earlier this year a man suffered serious injuries attempting to access the same area.