The second incident happened near Trow Gill. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The second incident happened near Trow Gill. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A mountain rescuer responding to a callout in the Yorkshire Dales was alerted to a second incident when he saw an unmanned quad bike bouncing down the hillside.

The Cave Rescue Organisation member was heading to pick up colleagues to help an ill schoolgirl when he spotted the vehicle.

He was driving down the track leading to Trow Gill on the slopes of Ingleborough on Wednesday when the quad came tumbling down the hill. A team spokesperson said: “He reported this on the radio and was joined by a colleague who had been escorting the other members of the school group back to Clapham.

“While he continued down for reinforcements, she stayed with the injured and immobile driver who they had found on a more gentle slope, higher up the hill.”

More team members arrived at the scene and put the injured 49-year-old man into a vacuum mattress and carried him up the hill to a more level area where an air ambulance, originally heading to the first casualty, was able to land.

A second air ambulance flew to the site near Gaping Gill to airlift the girl from the fell.

The 10-year-old was on an outdoor education visit on the slopes of Ingleborough when she fainted. A CRO spokesperson said: “When she was persuaded to stand up again, she fainted again.

“A CRO team drove to the bottom of Trow Gill, then walked 2km up to her party and brought her down to Gaping Gill by stretcher.”

The air ambulance flew her down to Clapham, where she was handed over to local paramedics in an ambulance.

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