AN inquest has been formally opened after a young woman reportedly died from 'traumatic injuries' on a Lakeland fell after a mountain rescue team search.

Cockermouth Coroners’ Court heard this morning (Thursday) some brief circumstances surrounding the death of Alexandria Lea late last month.

Miss Lea was aged 23 and a single woman who lived at an address in Hexham, Northumberland.

Opening an inquest into her death, Cumbria area coroner Ms Kirsty Gomersal said: “She was recovered from Pavey Ark by the mountain rescue team following a search for her, after concerns that she had not returned.”

Pavey Ark is the largest cliff of the Langdale Pikes, and lies to the north of Great Langdale in the heart of the Lake District.

Ms Gomersal also said during today’s hearing: "Miss Lea’s death was confirmed at Pavey Ark on February 29, 2024, at 9.03am.”

A coronial investigation had been launched on March 7.

The coroner continued: “A post mortem examination has been carried out at my request and I am advised that the medical cause of Miss Lea’s death will relate to traumatic injuries.

“Given the circumstances of Miss Lea’s death and the projected cause of her death, I am satisfied that an inquest is required.”

A statement of identification had been provided by a police sergeant on March 6, the hearing was also told. Identification had been confirmed by officers by way of comparison with Miss Lea’s driving licence.

“It goes without saying that Miss Lea’s family and friends have my deepest condolences on their loved one’s passing,” said Ms Gomersal, who also noted: “She was a single female who was employed as nursing home staff.

“In order that further enquiries can be made into Miss Lea’s death I am now formally adjourning her inquest until a provisional conclusion date of August 8, 2024.”