A huge Lake District mountain rescue operation had to be undertaken earlier this month after two walkers fell 20 metres down a dangerous cliff.

The two walkers had been ascending Yewbarrow to the north of Wast Water when they both fell down Stirrup Crag at around 10.50am; one of the most feared crags in the area due to the challenge it presents.

A total of 26 mountain rescuers from Wasdale and Duddon and Furness were called to the scene on July 18 along with the Coastguard helicopter, two air ambulances, and road ambulances.

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The ground team were the first to locate the man and woman who helped stabilised them until paramedics and a doctor could arrive.

Eventually, the coastguard helicopter winched the two people to safety before taking them to hospital.

In total, emergency services were on the scene for six hours and 21 minutes.

A statement from Wasdale MRT today (July 31) said: "Cumbria Police alerted the Team Leader of two people that had taken a 20 metre fall off the Stirrup Crag area of Yewbarrow.

"This was reported to the police by two different passing walkers.

"Because of the known severity of the terrain and reported possible serious injuries the Coastguard helicopter, which has winching capabilities, was requested. Two air ambulances were scrambled as well because of the number of casualties.

"The teams made their way, on foot as quickly as possible, to the casualty site. On arrival, the helicopter doctors and paramedics had stabilised the two casualties as much as possible.

"The team prepared the area for the arrival of Rescue 199 (Coastguard) which winched the two people up and transferred them to the hospital for further treatment.

"We hope the gent and lady have a speedy recovery.

"This was fantastic multi-agency working, especially between the three helicopter crews. Thanks to them all for responding quickly."

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