Rope rescue called to the aid of injured cyclist

Leigh Woods, Church Road, Abbots Leigh

A mountain biker who fell while tackling a steep course in Leigh Woods had to be rescued by fire crews and paramedics after he broke his ankle.

The man, thought to be in his late 20s to early 30s, had come to rest on a steep embankment covered in loose wood, stone and mud. 

After paramedics had stabilised the broken ankle and administered pain relief, the man was placed on to a scoop stretcher. 

As the ground was unstable, firefighters set up rope rescue equipment to create two ‘hand rails’ down to the cyclist, allowing him to be carried out safely and to a waiting ambulance.