Rock climber rescued after 30ft fall in Earl Hill

Man being winched into a helicopter, image by West Midlands Ambulance Service The man fell into dense undergrowth on a steep hill

A man has been winched to safety by an RAF rescue helicopter after falling about 30ft (9m) while rock climbing in Shropshire.

The rock climber suffered leg injuries in the fall at Earl Hill near Pontesbury on Sunday, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The man, believed to be 51, was with his wife who called emergency services.

The RAF was called because the air ambulance could not land near the man who was in "dense undergrowth".

"It had become apparent that it would be extremely challenging to get [the man] safely down the hill and back to the awaiting ambulance.

"The access was extremely steep and narrow," an ambulance service spokesman said.

The injured man was treated at the scene for about two hours before being airlifted to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

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