A man has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a rock while ‘free-climbing’ at a North Staffordshire beauty spot.
The climber, aged in his 30s, sustained a broken collar bone and injuries to his shoulder after the ten-metre plunge at The Roaches.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, who attended the incident shortly after midday today (Sunday), said: “A paramedic area support officer was the first to arrive and was met by a representative of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust who helped identify the exact location of the rock and the conditions of the terrain.
“As the paramedic walked up the hill to the rock, the air ambulance arrived but due to the location, further help was needed and Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was also called in.
“Crews were told the man had been ‘free-climbing’. He was given pain relief and was fully immobilised.”
Mountain rescue personnel stretchered the injured climber downhill to the waiting Midlands Air Ambulance and he was flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further treatment.