Training exercise turns into real life rescue of fallen rock climber

Tuesday 18th August 2015 – 3.15pm – John Hawker.


A woman who fell whilst rock climbing in the Malvern Hills was rescued by the Trusts Hazardous Area Response who happened to be close by taking part in a training exercise with the Fire Service.

The incident occurred at an area known as Tank Quarry at around 11.10am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A team of staff from the Trusts specialist Hazardous Area Response Team were in the Malvern Hills on a pre-arranged training exercise with the fire service.

“Just as they were about to start they were alerted to an incident nearby and were told a woman was injured after falling down a steep rock face.


“The emergency service staff immediately made their way to the location which was about 20 metres away from where they were.  They found a woman, believed to be in her mid 20’s, who had fallen down the cliff face of around 15 metres and was lying in undergrowth at the bottom.

“She was immediately treated by paramedics at the scene and with the help of the fire service was rescued from her precarious position.  The woman was treated for back and neck pain and was also given pain relief.

“An ambulance was asked to attend the incident and the patient was carried down to the nearest point it could access.

“Ambulance and fire service staff worked seamlessly together at the scene to ensure the patient was rescued as quickly and safely as possible.  The woman is fortunate that they were already extremely close by at the time on a training exercise.

“A second woman was also treated for a minor facial injury at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.  The second woman had also fallen but was relatively uninjured.”


We have no further details on this incident.

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