Climber rescued after fall in Northumberland

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A climber was airlifted to hospital earlier today after falling from a crag in Northumberland.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNMRT) and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team (NOTMRT) were alerted by Northumbria Police at 11.25am today to the incident at Shaftoe Crags, near Belsay. The climber was bouldering and fell, landing awkwardly below the crag.

Both teams, along with Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer attended the scene. The mountain-rescue teams were on scene within 30 minutes of the call-out.

The casualty was treated by a mountain-rescue team member, an off-duty North East Ambulance Service paramedic. Having stabilised the fallen climber on a stretcher, he was carried to the waiting Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer and transported to the RVI in Newcastle. The incident was over by 12.45pm.