A climber took a leader fall at East Woodburn Crag yesterday afternoon and as he fell his gear ripped causing him to land on the boulder strewn ground below the crag. The climber sustained serious injuries in the fall.
North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves immediately responded to a request from the North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust for assistance. Due to the nature of the climber’s injuries, the Great North Air Ambulance Service helimed was also tasked to the scene.
The climber was treated and stabilised by a Community Paramedic and Mountain Rescue Paramedic before being packaged on the Titan stretcher for the initially awkward carry out over the boulder field. After approximately a 300m stretcher carry, the climber was handed over to the crewed Ambulance for the onward journey to the hospital.
We wish the climber well in their recovery. We would also like to thank the climber’s companions and a hospital consultant who cared for the climber before our arrival.
The incident involved 22 members for 3 hours.