A man in his 50s suffered life threatening injuries after falling at Old Man of Coniston
At 2,634 ft (803 metre) tall, the Old Man of Coniston overlooks Coniston Water where in 1967 Donald Campbell perished during his tragic attempt at the water speed record.
But on Tuesday the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called at 1pm after a man in his 50s suffered multiple life-threatening injuries after falling in icy conditions.
He was put into an induced coma and and was winched from the fell by Coniston Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) before being flown to the Royal Preston Hospital.
Today he is still described as being in a serious, critical condition.
The incident was the first of two on Tuesday afternoon for Lake District rescuers.
The ma slipped in icy conditions and fell 100 metres
Half an hour later, at around 1.30pm, a female walker also slipped on the treacherous ice while ascending Coniston Old Man and fell when close to the summit.
She was treated for a suspected dislocated knee and was placed in a stretcher before being winched into the Coastguard Helicopter which had returned to assist after evacuating the male walker.
The incident was one of two on Tuesday afternoon for Lake District rescuers
She was then flown to Furness General Hospital, in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
Both incidents took exhausted rescuers five hours and involved a staggering 43 mountain rescuers.
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