Mountain climber airlifted to hospital following serious fall
Posted: November 11, 2013
Posted in: Arm Injury Head & Brain Injuries Spine & Back Injuries
This weekend saw two climbers being airlifted from a cliff in Gwynedd by the RAF after one of the climbers fell and was knocked unconscious. The pair had been climbing at Tremadog near Porthmadog when the accident occurred. Originally from Leeds, they had been scaling a cliff in Gwynedd – a popular climbing route known as “Christmas curry” – when one of them fell 10m (32ft) and emergency services had to be alerted.
The accident occurred on Saturday just before 16:00 when the sun was already starting to go down. The rescue helicopter from RAF Valley, Anglesey, had to help the injured climber in low light, while the North Wales Police closed the road below the scene.
Suspected head and back injuries
The team took only 14minutes to arrive at the scene after the uninjured climber phoned for help. Both climbers were flown to Bangor after the helicopter winch man had to cut the injured man from his security rope before lifting him to safety. The unconscious climber received immediate medical treatment upon arrival at Ysbyty Gwynedd for suspected head and back injuries.
The Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue team also assisted in the rescue, which came to an end at roughly 18:30 GMT. A Mountain Rescue spokesperson said: “The casualty suffered a minor head injury during the fall, and was treated for a suspected spinal injury and a dislocated right arm.”
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