Climber airlifted from The Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands

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Saturday 7th March 2015 – 6.30pm – Claire Brown.

A climber has been airlifted to hospital after falling from The Roaches in Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Hen Cloud Rocks in Upper Hulme, Leek, just after 1.00pm (Saturday). A community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two paramedics on board were sent to the scene. The ambulance service also requested assistance from the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team who were first on scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The man, believed to be in his 20s, was abseiling down Hen Cloud Rock when he reported fell approximately 20ft to the ground.

“The ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained suspected injuries to his pelvis and abdomen in the fall. He was given pain relief by paramedics to stabilise his condition before they worked with the mountain rescuers to carefully immobilise him onto a stretcher. The man was then carried ½ mile down the hill to where the air ambulance had landed.

“The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”


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