Horse rider rescued from hillside

Sunday 7th June 2015 – 5.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Polaris 6x6 vehicle

A woman has been rescued from a hillside with the use of specialist equipment after being thrown from a horse near Halesowen earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Clent Hills shortly after 10.30am and sent an ambulance, two community paramedics in rapid response vehicles and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival it quickly became evident it was going to be difficult to access the patient who had reportedly been thrown from a horse. It is believed she hit her head upon landing and was dragged for a distance before coming to rest. Thankfully she was wearing a riding hat to help prevent more significant injuries.

“Initially paramedics had to walk a short distance to access and assess the patient, who had suffered head and shoulder injuries in the incident.

“Whilst treating her, the HART team arrived on scene and were able to get their vehicles closer to the woman.

“They were then able to bring her down from the hillside by using their six-wheel drive vehicle, and transport her back to the waiting ambulance.

“From there she was transported to Russell’s Hall Hospital for further assessment.”


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