Boy, 10, rescued after mountain fall

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A YOUNG boy is in hospital with serious injuries after falling 165ft from a mountain in the Lake District.

The 10-year-old slipped and fell from Swirral Edge on Sunday afternoon.

Rescuers said the boy, who is thought to be from Preston, was coming down the ridge with his father when he slipped on a steep snow slope and fell at around 3.30pm

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team members and the Great North Air Ambulance were called to the edge on Helvellyn.

The Pride of Cumbria helicopter airlifted rescuers to the mountain, where they made their way to where the boy came to rest. He was treated at the scene before he and his father were winched into a search and rescue Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer, which had also flown to the site.

They were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.

A Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson said: “He was conscious but was treated for suspected pelvic and possible head injuries.”

A Lake District felltop assessor’s report, compiled by one of the two men who make the daily trip to the summit of Helvellyn, said: “Swirral and Striding Edges have bare dry rock interspersed with patches of hard ice.

“Their steep exit ramps are covered by deep, unavoidable hard snow and ice and should only be tackled by those experienced and equipped for such conditions.

“Full winter clothing and equipment is essential for anyone venturing out onto the fells and going above the snowline.

“For those attempting, or traversing, steep ground, an ice-axe and crampons are also essential, especially given an overnight frost.”

Swirral Edge is one of two edges enclosing the cirque of Red Tarn below the 3,117ft summit of Helvellyn – England’s third highest mountain.