Patterdale mountain rescuers who faced the emotional task of saving one of their own colleagues, after he sustained life-changing injuries in a 150ft fall during a callout at the weekend, will be offered support to help them cope with the incident.
A spokesman said: “We will be putting various things in place to look after the team, who had to carry out the rescue because they were closest to it, while Ambleside and Penrith came in to take over the original rescue.”
The team was out at Red Screes, above Kirkstone Pass, after a camper from Leicester summoned their help because he was suffering chest pains.
The camper, who was taken to hospital, but released later the same day, was fined for breaching lockdown restrictions, along with his companion, who was from the Liverpool area.
The volunteer who fell – a 60 year old man – was airlifted to Preston hospital and is understood to have suffered spinal and facial injuries.
A fund is being set up by Patterdale Mountain Rescue team for the injured man and his family.
In the meantime, the team has asked that those wishing to make donations for him do so via the team’s own website, using the reference Red Screes, to ensure it goes specifically to that fund.
Donations to the team can also be made online.