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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Forestry worker flown to hospital after being hit by falling tree

A forestry worker hit by a falling tree in a remote woodland has been airlifted to hospital in Newcastle.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, has suffered back injuries, which were described as critical and life-threatening by medics who treated him at the scene.

The Pride of Cumbria air ambulance was called to the incident at Catlowdy, north of Longtown and near to the Scotland-England border, at 10am today.

On arrival at the scene, a doctor and paramedic from the air ambulance made their way to the man who was in a wood.

They assessed and treated him before they were joined by paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service.

Together they carried the man to the helicopter before flying him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The man was airlifted to a specialist unit in 15 minutes, where his condition upon arrival was described as stable.

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