A man sustained serious injuries after slipping and falling from one of the Lake District’s most exposed ridges while out walking with his son.
Mountain rescuers say the man fell most of the way down the north gully on Sharp Edge while climbing Blencathra on Wednesday afternoon.
A witness to the accident called 999 and Helimed 58 was immediately dispatched and delivered a doctor to the scene in a very short space of time.
In the meantime the son had scrambled down to help his father as best as he could.
The air ambulance then returned to Mousthwaite Combe and picked up several members of Keswick mountain rescue team, taking them to the casualty site.
While the medical team were treating the man’s serious injuries Coastguard helicopter support was requested to winch the casualty out of the gully.
But this plan had to be abandoned due to turbulent wind conditions.
So after packaging, the casualty was lowered on a stretcher to a safe area and loaded onto Helimed 58 who flew the man to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.