MOUNTAIN Rescue teams, the ambulance service and a rescue helicopter rushed to rescue a climber who had fallen from Crag Lough on Wednesday.

The male climber had fallen and sustained serious injuries at the spot near Once Brewed at 2.30pm.

A doctor and paramedic from the Great North Air Ambulance Service were first on the scene and managed to assess, treat and stabilise the man.

The North East Ambulance Service requested the assistance of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

However, due to the unstable terrain below the crag, a Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) search and rescue helicopter was requested.

A helicopter from Caernarfon, Wales, which had been training in the Lake District, arrived on the scene and was able to hoist the man on board.

The North East Ambulance Service said the man, who had a number of injuries, was flown to Newcastle where an ambulance transported him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.