A pensioner injured walking on local fells last Friday was rescued following a search by the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
The team was called out by the Ambulance Service around 1.30pm after being told that a 65-year-old man had suffered lower left leg injuries, possibly a fractured ankle, in the fells above Whitendale in the Trough of Bowland.
After arrival in the area, team members, who travelled from all over Lancashire, discovered the grid reference they had been given was incorrect and several paths and tracks were searched. Heavy rain and low cloud led to concern for the man’s condition and he was eventually found on Salter Fell ,above Dunsop Bridge, at around 4.15pm.
Although the walker was treated at the scene - put in a splint, given pain relieving gas and placed in a casualty bag – because of the length of time he had been exposed to the elements, it was decided to transfer him to hospital in the air ambulance.