Cave Rescue Organisation members were called out to the crag near Austwick

Cave Rescue Organisation members were called out to the crag near Austwick

A climber was airlifted from a Yorkshire Dales crag after suffering injuries when a rock dislodged.

The 31-year-old man was climbing at Oxenber Scar near Austwick on Sunday when the handhold he was using gave way, sending the rock on to his leg.

The climber suffered a dislocated and possibly broken ankle in the incident. The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation, which was called out about 6.40pm, said the man managed to descend from the route before calling for help.

A team spokesperson said: “The climber was given first aid treatment and pain relief by team members, before being splinted and then carried by stretcher to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which had landed at the top of the crag.”

Oxenber, which has more than 40 graded climbing routes, was the scene of a fatal fall in May last year when a 74-year-old woman fell head-first while descending a gully between climbs.

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