Quaking Pot lies above the farmhouse at Crina Bottom

Quaking Pot lies above the farmhouse at Crina Bottom

A caver was airlifted from a fell after suffering injuries in an underground fall.

The 22-year-old man injured both ankles when he lost control during an abseil in Quaking Pot on the western slopes of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was alerted about 12.05pm yesterday, Friday, and went to the caver’s aid.

The man, who had fallen about 10m (33ft) on the third pitch, was treated at the site underground before being hauled up the pothole’s pitches and helped along crawls to the surface.

A CRO team doctor provided further treatment on the fellside before the man was stretchered to a waiting air ambulance and flown to hospital.

Quaking Pot, just off the main walking route between Ingleton and Ingleborough’s summit, lies about 1km north-east of the isolated farmhouse of Crina Bottom.

The cave is graded V and is a challenging limestone pothole, with a typical full descent of its 11 pitches to the chamber of Gormenghast and back taking 10 hours.

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