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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Teen mountain biker airlifted after crashing into tree

A rescue operation was launched after a teenager came off his mountain bike and plummeted down a steep embankment.

The 17-year-old, from Carlisle, was airlifted to hospital after an hours-long recovery effort involving members of a mountain rescue and firefighters.

He had been cycling in woods along the River Eden, near Wetheral, when he hit a tree and slid down the bank, injuring his head, arm and leg.

The alarm was raised just before 1pm on Saturday.

The youngster’s older brother, who he was out mountain biking with, was able to raise the alarm.

Both regular ambulance and air ambulance crews were called to the scene.

They then had to call on Carlisle firefighters and Penrith Mountain Rescue Team for help due to his position down the steep bank.

Thirteen members of the rescue team worked for a couple of hours to get him up and into a waiting ambulance.

Team leader Mike Hill said: “The lad and his brother were out biking down the river. He came down a steep bank, came off and hit a tree. We were called by the ambulance service to assist them getting him back up the bank.

“He had a few injuries but was fairly conscious, though he did get quite cold.

“We got our stretchers, mattress and a big sleeping bag-type piece of equipment. We got him into that to keep him warm and rigged up a system to lift him up the bank. We then carried him about 50 metres to the ambulance.”

The teenager suffered concussion, arm and leg injuries.

Initially he was treated at the scene by medics from the Great North Air Ambulance and regular paramedics.

He was then flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle by the Pride of Cumbria helicopter. He was said to be stable on arrival.

His injuries were described as non life-threatening.

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