A MAN was airlifted to hospital after a serious fall in the Lake District.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to Borrowdale Valley at 4:45pm yesterday.
The 68-year-old man had tumbled around 20-30 metres and was knocked unconscious. It is believed that he remained there for 1-2 hours before he managed to shout and alert passers-by. He had sustained serious head, chest and abdomen injuries.
GNAAS worked alongside Keswick Mountain Rescue Team to extricate him from the hill and he was stretchered to the waiting helicopter.
The GNAAS doctor-led trauma team anaesthetised him at the scene before he was given two units of blood in the helicopter en route to hospital. He was then flown to Royal Preston Hospital in 25 minutes where he arrived in a serious but stable condition.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “GNAAS would like to thank BAE Systems at Warton who stayed open so we could refuel the aircraft before our return to base.”