Late night off-roader rescued from the Wrekin

Tuesday 1st September 2015 – 6.45am – John Hawker.

Polaris 6x6 vehicle

A man who was out doing some late night off-roading in a 4×4 vehicle had to be rescued by the emergency services in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to near the summit of the Wrekin in Shropshire by the man who had become injured after his vehicle left the main track and became stuck down a steep slope. The emergency call was made at 11.15pm.


An ambulance and the Trusts Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene, along with colleagues from the Fire Service and Police.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Emergency crews made their way to near the summit of the Wrekin along a dirt track and eventually found the man down a steep slope around 30 metres away from the path.

“The man had suffered minor back injuries but was extremely disorientated and very cold and wet.

“The vehicle he had been driving had to be secured and then ambulance medics worked with the fire service to rescue the man and he was carried to the 6×6 polaris vehicle.

“The man, believed to be in his late 40’s, was treated at the scene including being warmed up following his exposure to the cold and rain. He was then transported by the polaris vehicle to the awaiting ambulance, before being transferred to Princess Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“The ambulance left the scene of the incident with the patient at 3.30am, with the rescue operation taking just over four hours in total.

“The man’s dog was also rescued from the scene of the incident by the emergency services but had not suffered any ill effects of the ordeal and his care was sorted out by the Police in attendance.”


We have no further details on this incident.

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