The main chamber of Gaping Gill. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The main chamber of Gaping Gill. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A caver was airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Cave Rescue Organisation was alerted about 11.40pm after reports the man had suffered head and chest injuries in the main chamber of Gaping Gill.

A team spokesperson said: “When the duty controller obtained up-to-date information he had been recovered to the surface by pothole club winch and was being sheltered in a nearby shake hole.”

Each year in the run-up to August bank holiday, Craven Pothole Club sets up a winch to allow non-cavers to descend almost 100m into the large main chamber of the cave on the slopes of Ingleborough.

The CRO spokesperson said: “An air ambulance was able to land close to the casualty, before team members had set off with a stretcher, so potholers on site assisted the ambulance paramedics to carry him to the helicopter on a spinal board.

“CRO members returned to base and the casualty was flown to hospital.”

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