Whelpstone Crag, scene of today's rescue. Photo: Tom Richardson CC-BY-SA-2,0

Whelpstone Crag, scene of today's rescue. Photo: Tom Richardson CC-BY-SA-2,0

A mountain biker was rescued after crashing at a popular Lancashire site and injuring his leg and chest.

The 36-year-old came off his bike this afternoon on Bigfoot Slab on Whelpstone Crag in Gisburn Forest.

The Cave Rescue Organisation and Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team went to the man’s aid.

He was treated at the scene and then stretchered a short distance to a CRO vehicle which took him to an ambulance which was waiting on one of the forest tracks, and then on to hospital for further treatment.

The rescue was the second in two days in Gisburn Forest.

Yesterday a 39-year-old mountain biker ended up in a stream-bed after misjudging a bridge on one of the forest tracks.

The rider broke his arm and also injured his back in the incident but started making his way slowly out of the forest.

The Cave Rescue Organisation and Bowland Pennine MRT both went to the incident, and the biker was met by rescuer and given pain relief and his arm was put in a splint.

He was then taken in one of the CRO’s vehicles to an ambulance waiting in the village of Tosside.

The CRO has now responded to 51 incidents this year.

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