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Second walker dies in the Lakes

Walkers are being urged to be prepared in the wintry conditions

A second walker has died in icy conditions in the Lake District, say mountain rescuers.

Teams had been searching for the 60-year-old man, who failed to return from Dungeon Ghyll, near Great Langdale.

Mountain rescuers, who were joined by an RAF helicopter in the search for home, said a body had been found below Climber's Traverse on Bowfell.

Another man in his 60s died on Wednesday after falling 320ft (100m) near Pavey Ark, north of Windermere.

Hospital airlift

Speaking about Thursday's incident, a Cumbria Police spokeswoman said: "The body of a man has been located by a mountain rescue team 50m (164ft) below Climber's Traverse on Bowfell.

"His body has been taken to the West Cumberland Hospital and his family have been informed."

In the earlier incident, the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team was called after reports a walker had slipped and suffered serious injuries.

Rescuers said the man was with a group of walkers who got into difficulties in icy conditions.

He was airlifted to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, but later died.

Mountain rescuers have urged walkers to be prepared for the wintry conditions on the fells.

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