Rescuers at the scene of the climber's fall. Photo: NNPMRT

Rescuers at the scene of the climber's fall. Photo: NNPMRT

A climber was rescued after she injured herself in a fall on a Northumberland crag.

The woman suffered a suspected broken ankle when she fell on to a ledge at Great Wanney Crag, near Kirkwhelpington on Sunday.

The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team was called out shortly before 6pm and went immediately to the scene, along with a hazardous area response team from the North East Ambulance Service.

A Northumberland National Park MRT spokesperson said: “The casualty was treated and her ankle immobilised by NEAS before she was lowered to the foot of the crag by a mountain rescue technical rescue rope system.

The teams set up a technical rope system to reach the woman. Photo: NNPMRT

The teams set up a technical rope system to reach the woman. Photo: NNPMRT

“Once on a stretcher, the casualty was lowered further over rough bouldery ground before a 500m stretcher carry to the waiting ambulance. The evacuation took just over two hours from arrival on scene.”

The rescue involved 16 mountain rescue volunteers and lasted four hours.

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