South Scotland

Kirroughtree trail rescue for injured mountain biker

Kirroughtree trail
Image caption The incident happened on the cycling trail at Kirroughtree

A mountain rescue team was called out to help get a biker to hospital after he was injured on a south of Scotland trail.

The incident happened at about 17:40 on Thursday on the 7 Stanes track at Kirroughtree near Newton Stewart.

Trees in the area prevented a helicopter crew from winching the casualty from the scene.

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team helped get the man to hospital for treatment for ankle and wrist injuries.

Team leader Mike McCann, who assisted with the rescue, said five team members had responded to the call from their Newton Stewart base using a Land Rover ambulance.

He said they were able to drive along a rough, unused track to get within half a mile of the casualty.

"He was already prepared for evacuation and we assisted the ambulance crew and Royal Navy air crew to recover him to our Land Rover," he said.

"We then transported him through the forest to an awaiting ambulance for the onward journey to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary."

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