Mountain rescuer seriously hurt helping Leicester covidiot

A mountain rescuer suffered serious spinal injuries and facial fractures while trying to rescue a Leicester man and his friend in the Lake District.

The man from Leicester, who has not been named, was on a camping trip with a friend from Liverpool when one of the pair suffered chest pains while up on a hill to the north of Lake Windermere in the national park.

The rescue volunteer, who is in his 60s, fell about 500ft down a steep slope while going to rescue the two men in the early hours of Saturday and he suffered “significant injuries”, Patterdale Mountain Rescue said.

He was airlifted to hospital, where his condition has been described as “serious”.

The Leicester man and the Liverpudlian have each been fined £200 for breaking the lockdown laws.

Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue Association said on its Facebook page: “The mountain rescuer has spinal injuries and facial fractures.

“It will be a long recovery and he’s still very ill in hospital. The two campers had driven from Leicester and Liverpool, car sharing to camp in the Lake District

“They have both been fined £200 by Cumbria Police for breaking lockdown restrictions.

“The one with chest pains is fine, having been assisted by the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team and Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team.”

The association said that “no-one sets out on the fells with the intention of having an accident”.

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But the organisation added that the “simple truth” was that the more people who go out in the fells, the higher the number of rescues the teams will have to carry out.

Mike Blakey from the association said: “This rescue and the subsequent life-changing injuries incurred by our team member were avoidable.”

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