Two climbers injured in separate falls

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A Lancaster University student suffered head injuries after falling 40m in the Lake District.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue were called out just before 11am on Saturday, to the Eagle Crag area to the west of Helvellyn.

As the initial call was a roaming 999 call, and the reporting person had poor mobile coverage, the eam had very little information.

However, eight rescuers set off to the scene and met the climber and his friends descending down into the Grisedale valley.

The 21-year-old had sustained several cuts and bruises.

He was assessed by the team and taken back to their base before he was transferred to hospital by ambulance.

The rescue involved 14 team members.

Whilst this rescue was taking place Cumbria Police notified the team of a second fallen climber who had sustained an open fracture to his leg and was suspended from a climbing rope.

Eight members of Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, who were training in the Red Tarn area, went to the climber’s aid along with Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, a SeaKing helicopter and an air ambulance.

The RAF Seaking helicopter winched the man to safety and he was taken to hospital in Carlisle.