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Callouts 2017

Dartmoor Rescue assist Air Ambulance with fallen climber at Haytor

Callout – Fallen climber at Haytor.

Just as Dartmoor Rescue volunteers were settling in to its regular Wednesday evening training session, this week a water rescue briefing in the River Dart at Buckfastleigh, we were called to assist the Devon Air Ambulance with the evacuation of a climber who had fallen from Haytor.

Team Helicopter at Climber Fall

The climber was leading a climb on Haytor Rock and had taken a fall. Fortunately his runners protected him and he continued to climb. Higher up the rock he took another fall and this time his higher up protection failed and he fell to the ground.

devon climber haytor

His belayer, along with his lower runners, managed to take some of the force out of the fall, no doubt saving him from more serious injury.

The Air Ambulance was called, and we were called shortly after to assist with the evacuation of the casualty to the helicopter. As we were on a training night, members were on scene quickly and assisted with his transfer to the helicopter for onward transport to hospital. We hope the climber makes a speedy recovery.

Published in Callouts 2017
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