An 80-year-old walker has been airlifted to hospital after fainting near a Burnley reservoir.

The man collapsed with a low pulse and shallow breathing and was unconscious for a period of time, emergency services said.

Volunteers from Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) were called to the area of Crompton Cross just above Clowbridge Reservoir near Burnley at 11.20am today (April 20).

They were joined at the scene by paramedics and a helicopter from North West Air Ambulance Service.

Following a 'thorough assessment', the walker was airlifted to hospital for further treatment.

A RPMRT spokesperson said: "Around 11:20 today the team were called to reports of an 80 y/o gentleman who’d fainted with a low pulse, shallow breathing and a period of unconsciousness, near the area of Crompton Cross just above Clowbridge Reservoir.

"The team responded on blue lights and met the ambulance crew at the same time as the air ambulance to jointly assess the gentleman.

"After a thorough assessment, it was decided to airlift the gentleman to hospital for further treatment.

"We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he gets to enjoy the hills again soon.

"It was then back to base to wash down the vehicle and be ready for the next callout."

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