Mountain Climbing Couple On Second Date Rescued In Five-Hour Mission
The unnamed duo wanted to climb up Sharp Edge on Blencathra on Saturday afternoon, but slippery conditions meant they had to turn back.
However, while they were making their descent, the man slipped and fell nearly 200ft (60m), eventually landing on a ledge.
His date was then left trapped on a crag, unable to move up or down.
The couple, who are in their forties, were finally brought to safety by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, which saw 25 volunteers embark on a five-hour rescue operation.
The man had to be rushed by helicopter to Glasgow hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.
Thankfully, the woman made it out unscathed - and, better still, neither of them were put off by the hairy ordeal, as a third date is already in the works.
A spokesperson for the rescue team said: "A couple on their second date decided to climb Sharp Edge on Blencathra.
"In slippery conditions part way along they wisely opted out of continuing along the ridge, but unfortunately tried to descend from the ridge down towards Scales Tarn.
"The man slipped and fell from part way down.
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"Instinctively he put his arms out to try to avoid tumbling and ended up sliding fast and bumping down the steep rocky slope until he came to rest on a ledge some 60m further down.
"His partner was then stuck on the crag unable to go up or down.
"Apparently, despite the drama of their second date a third one has already been discussed."
Adverse conditions meant the helicopter support was unable to reach the scene.
Instead, a team of 25 volunteers from Keswick Mountain Rescue Team split into two groups to save the stranded couple.
Rescuers said the man ended up 'sliding fast' until he fell onto the ledge, having tried to avoid tumbling down.
A passer-by stopped to help him, giving him extra clothing to keep him warm while they waited for support to arrive.
The spokesperson added: "Many thanks to the passer-by who had gone to the man's assistance and given him extra clothing to wear whilst waiting for the rescue team, the man's torch light was very useful to locate the casualty.
"On arrival a group shelter was used to protect the casualty against the increasingly inclement weather.
"The man's successful attempts to not tumble, thereby avoiding potentially more serious injuries, meant that all the impact had been on his lower back, ribs and leg."
Surely if that couple can get through this, they can get through anything... Best of luck to 'em!
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