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A pensioner has been rescued after a horror 240ft tumble down a Lake District hillside.

Emergency companies stated the person fell backwards and somersaulted in ‘roly poly’s down a steep drop close to the Mousethwaite Comb Path, close to Keswick, Cumbria.

A group of 12 volunteers from Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, supported by North West Ambulance Service and the Great North Air Ambulance Service raced to the scene at round 11.14am on Wednesday.

Despite falling a distance the equal of three tennis courts, rescuers stated the person was a “very stoic casualty” and appeared “to be less badly injured than first feared”.

In an announcement Keswick Mountain Rescue Team stated: “An elderly man involuntarily performed around 75m-worth of backwards tumbling roly polys after he fell from the Mousethwaite Comb path, coming to rest in the gill (stream) below.

“Due to the size of fall and placement the coastguard was tasked as a winch extraction was considered required.

“The man’s companions and two passing walkers who had raised the alarm looked after the gentleman until the team arrived.

“A medical evaluation confirmed fortuitously the very stoic casualty to be much less badly injured than first feared.”

The statement added a Coast Guard response team were later stood down the man was “stretchered/sledged all the way down to the street the place additional checks had been carried out earlier than being transferred to Carlisle Hospital by land ambulance”.

The Mousethwaite Comb path runs for around seven miles in a circular trail near the village of Threlkeld in Cumbria. The route reaches a height of around 2,600 feet and takes approximately fives hours to complete.

According to walking site AllTrails, the trail is “widespread path for birding, tenting, and mountaineering, however you’ll be able to nonetheless get pleasure from some solitude throughout quieter instances of day”.

It added: “The finest instances to go to this path are April by way of September. Dogs are welcome, however should be on a lead.”