Quad biker rescued from 60ft sinkhole

The incident occurred near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Sinkhole rescue
Sinkhole rescue

A quad biker has been pulled to safety after falling into a 60ft sinkhole.

Emergency crews were called to the scene near Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria at about 12.30pm on Thursday.

A post on the Facebook page of Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue Team on Thursday said: “Cumbria Police called for assistance this afternoon, around 12.30pm, with a report of a casualty who had fallen 60ft into a sinkhole on their quad bike in a field.

“Once on site, the team assisted Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service extracting the casualty using safety lines and a rope system.

The rescue of a quad biker who fell into a 60ft sinkhole near Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria
The rescue of a quad biker who fell into a 60ft sinkhole near Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria (Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

“The casualty was then transferred to the Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter for transport to hospital.

“A great multi-agency effort by all involved.”

Ian Westall, of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, told the BBC the man, a farmer, had been riding across the field when the sinkhole opened up.

He said: “We peered down and could see the farmer sat up, and we could just make out the outline of his bike under a mound of earth. I’m sure he was in deep shock.”

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