Boy in mountain fall

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A 10-year-old boy who fell 160ft off a mountain is expected to be released from hospital.

The boy, from Preston, was climbing down the ridge of Swirral Edge in Helvellyn when he slipped on a steep snow slope at around 3.30pm on Sunday.

Crews from Patterdale Mountain Rescue Ream were called and the Great North Air Ambulance dropped a doctor and paramedic on the ridge where the boy landed.

He had suspected pelvic and head injuries and was conscious when paramedics arrived.

A Sea King from RAF Boulmer was scrambled and it winched the casualty, together with his father and a doctor, into the aircraft before flying them to Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The boy is expected to be released from hospital this afternoon.

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