Lake District walker dies after being found unconscious in fall near Wast Water

A man has died after becoming unconscious while walking over a waterfall in the Lake District.

The walker was on Whin Rigg at the time of the incident, with a rescue team notified at 12.40am on Saturday November 12.

The rescue team quickly arrived alongside an air ambulance. Despite all the efforts of the team and the walker’s friends and passers-by, the man died at the scene.

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The man’s body was taken down Whin Rigg and handed over to Cumbria Police for processing.

A Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson said: “We were called by Cumbria Police about an unresponsive walker. The team were quickly deployed, as was Helimed 58 ( Great North Air Ambulance) Rescue 936 (coastguard helicopter) was also tasked but later quit.

“Tragically, all the efforts of the walker’s friends, bystanders and the helimed crew could not help and the walker did not survive. The team brought him back to the valley, accompanied by his friends, where he was given to the care of the police.

“Our thanks to all the other agencies involved, and especially those who stopped to help. We offer our deepest condolences to family and friends.”