Climber lowered 80ft in Symonds Yat Rock rescue

An injured climber was lowered about 80ft (24m) to the bottom of cliffs in a rescue lasting up to three hours.

The man, aged 21, had fallen about 30ft after losing his footing at Symonds Yat Rock on the border of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on Thursday.

It was decided it would not be possible to winch the man back up the slope, the ambulance service said.

The man was taken to hospital with a broken hip and possible fractures to his right wrist and ribs.

'Not knocked unconscious'

West Midlands Ambulance Service said emergency services were called at about 14:50 GMT, but due to fading light the air ambulance had to leave while the rescue was taking place.

More than 20 firefighters were sent to the scene.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "Although [the man] was not knocked unconscious, he had come to rest under a crag which made the rescue considerably more difficult.

"A rope rescue team of firefighters decided that it would not be possible to winch the man back up the slope."

The man was taken to Hereford County Hospital.

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