Injured climber rescued after fall in Northumberland

Rescue crews went to the aid of the injured climber.
Rescue crews went to the aid of the injured climber.

A climber has been rescued after injuring herself in a fall in Northumberland.

At 5.56pm yesterday, Northumbria Police requested the assistance of mountain-rescue teams after the casualty had fallen onto a ledge at Great Wanney Crag, near Kirkwhelpington, and suffered a suspected fractured ankle.

Both the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team deployed immediately, as did the Hazardous Area Response Team from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

The casualty was treated and her ankle immobilised by NEAS before she was lowered to the foot of the crag by a mountain rescue technical rescue rope system. Once on a stretcher, the casualty was lowered further over rough, bouldery ground before a 500metre stretcher carry to the awaiting NEAS ambulance.

The evacuation took just over two hours from arrival on scene. The incident involved 16 mountain rescue volunteers for four hours.