Wigan man in mountain plunge

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A WIGAN man has been seriously injured after plunging 50ft while out walking on a notorious mountain range.

The 46-year-old, whose identity has not been released, fell while descending Sharp Edge on Blencathra in the Lake District.

It is classed as a Grade One scramble route and from Scales Tarn the summit plateau is 2,848ft.

The alarm was raised at about 2.30pm on Sunday and it took a 24-strong team of volunteers as well as the emergency services including an RAF Sea King helicopter and the Air Ambulance to rescue him.

The man had fallen into a gully on the north side of the ridge – an accident blackspot.

The man was lowered 150ft down the mountain to a site below the cloud base and flown to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where he is recovering from his injuries.