Lake District, England

November 2, 2013 by  

Lake District, England, A man has died after plunging 656ft down a mountainside in the Lake District.

The 24-year-old was hiking with a companion on Helvellyn – the third highest peak in the country – when he lost his footing and fell to his death.

A Royal Air Force Sea King helicopter was dispatched as part of a rescue mission – but the man’s body was later recovered from Nethermost Cove.

According to Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, the hiker fell from Striding Edge between 3pm and 4pm yesterday.

His walking partner found him unconscious – but because there was no mobile phone signal, he could not raise the alarm.

He continued his descent into Grisedale where a local farmer gave him a lift to Patterdale so he could contact the emergency services.

Paramedics, mountain rescue teams and search and rescue dogs were dispatched to search for the man, who is yet to be named.

However, more than four hours later, they discovered his body in the large cove.

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