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Mountain rescue team save climber, 60, after he plunged 40ft down a crag

A mountain recovery team carried out a dramatic rescue after a 60-year-old climber plunged 40ft down a crag.

Pictures show the man being treated on the mountainside in the Thirlmere area of the Lake District, where he careered down a precipice. 

The man, who has not been named, fell 40ft after an anchor he placed in the mountainside to prevent him falling ripped out – sending him careering down the rocky precipice. 

His injuries were so severe that rescue personnel placed him on to a stretcher and hoisted him hundreds of feet into the air and into a helicopter.

The rescue, which took three hours in total, took place around 6pm on August 6 following reports of a tragic accident. 

He was climbing on a route called ‘Gazebo’ on the south crag of Castle Rock of Triermain in the Thirlmere valley.    

According to an official report, he hit the ground and tumbled down a steep slope before coming to a stop thanks to a rope connecting his body to the crag. 

A friend and fellow climber made sure the man, who suffered head injuries, was secure before ringing 999 and asking for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team to attend. 

More than two dozen mountain rescue personnel rushed to the scene and, due to the seriousness of the fall, an air ambulance was immediately deployed.

More pictures show the man being treated on the perilous mountainside.

He was hoisted from the crag into a coastguard helicopter, which then transported him to the air ambulance.

He was flown around 60 miles to Preston Hospital for treatment. The man’s current condition is not known. 

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