Three hour operation to rescue man who fell down 60ft embankment

A man is recovering after falling 60ft down an embankment, leading to a three hour rescue.

Fire and rescue crews from Sandyford, Burslem and Stafford, and paramedics were called to a disused railway line beneath the junction of Boathorse Road and Burns Close in Kidsgrove at 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the patient, a man believed to be in his 30s, who had fallen down an embankment.

“The man was lying in a ravine and due to the boggy nature of the land, conditions proved extremely difficult in which to rescue him.

“Ambulance staff immobilised the man with the use of a scoop stretcher and moved him to more solid ground in order to allow the fire service to bring him to safety and back up the embankment.

“The man, who had a slightly reduced level of consciousness initially, was treated for leg and hip injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“The doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the patient to continue treatment en-route to the hospital.”



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