The injured climber is stretchered from the crag. Photo: NNPMRT

The injured climber is stretchered from the crag. Photo: NNPMRT

A climber was rescued after falling more than 30ft and hitting the ground at a Northumberland crag.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called out about 2.15pm on Saturday when the climber was injured on the north face of Simonside near Rothbury.

Rescue team members arrived at the scene a few minutes after a community paramedic and first responder.

A Northumberland NPMRT spokesperson said: “The climber had fallen approximately 10m before landing awkwardly on the ground below the crag.

“After a full assessment and pain relief being administered, the casualty was evacuated on a mountain rescue stretcher to the crewed ambulance. Due to the nature of the terrain, a technical rope rescue system was used to safeguard the stretcher and the casualty.”

The climber’s friends and North East Ambulance Service hazardous area response team members also helped in the operation.

The rescue involved 15 rescue team members for almost 3¼ hours.

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