Man taken to hospital after fall on the rocks at Northumberland beauty spot

A man has been rescued and taken to hospital with head and leg injuries after falling on the rocks at Thrum Mill near Rothbury.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 11:24 am
Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team at the scene of the incident in Rothbury

Emergency services were called to the incident at around 2pm on Wednesday, April 14, after a man had fallen on the rocks on the river bank of a popular beauty spot.

Teams worked for around two hours to treat the male patient and bring him to safety before he was taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital with leg and head injuries.

A spokesman for North East Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 14:01 yesterday (Wednesday) to an area near Thrum Mill, Rothbury to a patient who had fallen in a rocky area on the river bank.

“We dispatched two double crewed ambulances, three crews from our Hazard Area Response Team and requested support from mountain rescue.

“The male patient was taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital with leg and head injuries.”

Nothumberland National Park and North of Tyne mountain rescue teams were called to the incident and assisted the North East Ambulance Service in treating the man.

He was then brought up a steep an awkward bank and into an ambulance.

A spokesman for Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) said: “Yesterday afternoon the North East Ambulance Service requested the assistance of Mountain Rescue and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service for a male who had fallen on rocks at Thrum Mill near Rothbury.

"North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves swiftly responded, with our Toyota Hilux deployed from Rothbury Ambulance Station and local Team members requested to attend the rendezvous point.

"Another Mountain Rescue vehicle was deployed from West Denton along with further members.

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"After immediate medical care had provided by the Paramedics on scene, Team members worked alongside the Hazardous Area Response Team and the other emergency services to evacuate the injured person up an awkward steep bank to the Ambulance on the track above.

“We would like to wish the male well for a full and swift recovery.

“The incident involved 10 team members for two hours.”

As a charity, the mountain rescue team provides a 24/7 emergency service 365 days a year, which costs approximately £40k a year, and relies heavily on donations.

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