Monday 8th June 2015 – 11.00pm – Murray MacGregor.
A teenager who fell halfway down a steep embankment that ends up in a canal has had to be rescued by specialist ambulance staff using ropes.
The incident took place in Judkins Quarry, Tuttle Hill in the Camp Hill area on the outskirts of Nuneaton at around 8.00pm on Monday evening.
A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle was first on scene but had to walk a fair distance through undergrowth and across slag heaps to get to the 15 year old.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The teenager was with a friend when the incident happened.
“Fortunately, the lad was able to stop himself before he reached the bottom of the embankment, but had still fallen about 20 feet down the bank, which is muddy with some shrubs on it.
“He had suffered a nasty dislocation to his left knee and was unable to climb back up.
“Due to the location, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) was sent to the scene along with an ambulance and a paramedic officer.
“The paramedics on scene put the teenager’s knee back in place but he still needed to be rescued. He was placed in a specialist MIBBS stretcher that keeps him safe while the HART Team used their rope rescue skills to bring him back up to the top of the embankment.
“The terrain was so tough that even their Polaris six wheel vehicle couldn’t get through so they used a special off road stretcher to get the teenager to the ambulance. He was then taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.
(HART Team members practice their rope skills)