A walker who broke his upper arm, lower leg and ribs spent three or four hours crawling down a slope after a fall.
After a day in the fells, a man was descending from Eagle Crag when he slipped and fell on steep ground on Monday night.
Finding himself a long way from the beaten path, and with his whistles going unheard, he started his painful descent.
Eventually, he reached the lower slopes of Greenup Ghyll and was spotted by walkers from the path on the other side of the stream.
Two of their party ran down the valley to Stonethwaite and alerted the rescue services while another stayed with the casualty bandaging his broken leg and offering reassurance.
An air ambulance had been requested but when the situation became clearer; the location and the extent of the man’s possible injuries this was stood down and the coastguard were requested for a likely winch evacuation.
The man was assessed by a team doctor and given strong analgesia before he was put onto a stretcher to await the coastguard helicopter.
Twenty-one mountain rescue team members were involved in the rescue, lasting more than three and a half hours.