The man injured himself in a fall on Malham Cove. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The man injured himself in a fall on Malham Cove. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Two rescue teams and two helicopters went to the aid of a climber who fell more than 30ft on a crag in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation was called out on Saturday after the man fell about 10m while climbing on the east wing of Malham Cove, suffering suspected back and neck injuries.

A team spokesperson said: “After assessment by Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics, he was placed in a vacuum mattress – whole-body splint – and on to a Bell mountain rescue stretcher.

“Because of the steepness of the ground and proximity to the cove face, a Coastguard helicopter was called in from Humberside. This winched the stretcher from the ground and flew it to the top of the cove, where the patient was transferred to an air ambulance for the flight to hospital.”

The team thanked members of the RAF Mountain Rescue Team who were in the area for a training weekend and who helped in the rescue.

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