Rescuers at the site on Ilkley Moor. Photo: UWFRA

Rescuers at the site on Ilkley Moor. Photo: UWFRA

A mountain biker was seriously injured when he crashed on Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire.

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association was called out on Saturday at the request of ambulance staff to the incident near White Wells.

A team spokesperson said: “On arrival at the scene it was apparent that the casualty’s situation was critical and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called.

The air ambulance at the scene. Photo: UWFRA

The air ambulance at the scene. Photo: UWFRA

“The biker, initially unconscious, had suffered severe facial and head trauma and required immediate evacuation to hospital. The air and land ambulance medics quickly and efficiently stabilised the patient and the UWFRA team scooped and carried him to the waiting road ambulance.

“The team wish the biker all the very best and to a rapid and successful recovery.”

Saturday’s incident was the second involving mountain bikers on Ilkley Moor in less than two weeks. The Upper Wharfedale team was called out to the site on 13 April when an 18-year-old cyclist broke his leg on the moor.

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