A FELL walker has been airlifted to hospital after falling 60-feet in the Lake District.

Volunteer members of Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team were called out on Sunday morning by Cumbria Police to the male walker who had sustained head injuries.

A spokesman from the rescue team said: "Due to the nature of the injuries a Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, which was in the area providing training to Lake District Mountain Rescue Teams, flew to the scene but was unable to access the casualty site due to poor weather.

"The aircraft was able to uplift team members and equipment close to the location.

"On arrival the casualty was assessed and the improving weather allowed for the casualty, who had been packaged on a stretcher, to be winched from scene."

The casualty was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle for further assessment.