EMERGENCY services responded after a woman seriously injured herself after slipping and tumbling 10 metres near Colwith.

Coniston Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) was called out on Wednesday, after the woman slipped on steep ground along the Cumbrian Way.

Because of the ‘serious nature’ of her injuries, the team required an ambulance, two air ambulances, the fire service and team members from Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue.

The woman’s neck, spine and pelvis had to be stabilised and she was intubated before being taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.

A CMRT spokesman said: “We set up a rope system to safeguard the stretcher as it traversed the steep muddy slope.

“With a full medical team in attendance, she was carefully put onto our stretcher and carried off the hill so that she could be treated more safely.

“A vacuum mattress was used to stabilise her neck and spine, and a pelvic binder to stabilise her pelvis.

“At this point, she was intubated. We then carried her on our stretcher to the Great North Air Ambulance (G-NHAD), which flew her to Preston Hospital as the best choice for her injuries.”

Nine team members from CMRT, plus two from Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue, alongside other emergency personnel attended the incident for 2.5 hours.