A courting couple’s second date ended in disaster after one of the lovestruck duo slipped 60m down a fell.

The incident happened on Saturday at Sharp Edge, Blencathra – when the duo tried to descend towards Scales Tarn in “slippery conditions”.

A man slipped and fell plunging 60m down a steep rocky slope before coming to rest on a ledge.

Keswick Mountain Rescue Team were called at 3.22pm, Coastguard and the Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopters were also scrambled.

The woman was left stuck on the crag before she was rescued.

Not to be put off, the team have confirmed a third date “has already been discussed”.

A spokesman for the rescuers said: “The team approached from below Mousethwaite Combe.

“Team members were split into two parties with one team going to assist the fallen man – the second party climbed up to and along Sharp Edge in order to get to and lower the woman to safety.

“Many thanks to the passer by who had gone to the man’s assistance and given him extra clothing to wear whilst waiting for the rescue team, the man’s torch light was very useful to locate the casualty.

“On arrival heat blankets were used to keep the casualty warm whilst he was being assessed prior to evacuation.

“The man’s attempts to not tumble meant that all the impact had been on his lower back, ribs and leg.

“Strong analgesia was given before immobilising him in a vacuum mattress and placing him on a stretcher for a rope-assisted lower down the mountain.

“A belay was set up and a team member lowered to locate and secure the woman.

“The woman and rescuer were lowered to easy ground at the foot of the crag.

“The man was taken to Glasgow hospital by the Coastguard helicopter.”