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Injured mountain biker airlifted from Long Mynd

South Shropshire | News | Published:

A man had to be airlifted to hospital after falling off his mountain bike on the Long Mynd.

The cyclist, who is believed to be aged 22, was airlifted to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital after suffering an ankle injury on Minton Batch Trail, Minton.

John Hawker, of West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: "The man was riding with two friends when he fell off his mountain bike and injured his ankle.

"The nearest point a normal land ambulance could get to was about one-and-a-half miles away at the bottom of a very small valley track."

He added: "For the safety of the patient and the emergency staff trying to rescue the man, an air ambulance attended the scene and, thanks to the skill of the pilot, managed to land in a small clearing in the valley about 200 metres away.

"The man received treatment at the scene for his ankle injury and with the assistance of the fire service, was carried on a stretcher back up to the air ambulance. All emergency service staff worked seamlessly together to ensure the patient was rescued as quickly and safely as possible."

An ambulance, the Trusts Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

Firefighters from Church Stretton were also sent to the scene and assisted in carrying the man on a stretcher following today's accident.

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