Injured walker in Shropshire’s Carding Mill Valley carried downstream to ambulance

Monday 19th January 2015 – 5.50pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man who broke his ankle while out walking in a remote location in the Shropshire Hills had to be carried to safety down the middle of a stream.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a waterfall within Carding Mill Valley shortly before 1.15pm today.

Two ambulance crews attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man who is in his forties had a broken ankle. He was next to a waterfall along a rockface. The only way to get to him was on foot but conditions on the ground were extremely icy today.

“When ambulance crews got to him, his ankle was placed in a vacuum splint and he was given pain relief at the scene.

“With temperatures low and the prospect of fading light, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service was called on to help get the man away from where he had fallen to the ambulance which was parked some distance away. This, they could only do by carrying him on an ambulance service scoop stretcher in the stream itself.

“He was carried to a waiting National Trust off-road vehicle which was able to park closer than the ambulance. Once in the ambulance, he was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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