A FULL callout was required from a mountain rescue team at the weekend to help a walker who had sustained a head injury on the descent from Scafell Pike.

Wasdale MRT were paged at 9:11am on February 10 after receiving a call from Cumbria Police of a man who felt like he could lose consciousness after taking a significant tumble in Foxes Tarn gully.

Weather conditions thwarted helicopter crews Helimed 58 and Rescue 199 from Prestwick being able to land directly to access the casualty so team members were moved as far up the hill as possible.

Two passing walkers, including a former team member, stopped to help the walker by providing food, drink and extra clothing.

Once on scene, a full medical assessment was made, before the walker was packaged in a full body splint, casualty bag, heat blanket and stretcher.

Rope systems were set up to manage the stretcher safely down the snow-filled Mickeldore gully towards the location for helicopter transfer.

Once landed at 4:56 pm, seven hours and 45 minutes later, the walker was transferred to hospital for further medical assessment and treatment.

Wasdale MRT said: “We wish the experienced and very well-equipped walker a swift recovery from his injuries and hope to see him backs on the fells soon.”