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Man rescued from ravine after fall

Rescue teams help to save tree cutter

Man rescued following fall from ravine

Specialist fire and rescue crews helped to save a man who had fallen down a 100ft ravine in Up Holland last week.

Emergency services were called at 3.15pm on May 20 after reports that a man who was cutting down trees at Dean Wood Golf Club on Lafford Lane had fallen and was trapped by a log.

The man told emergency call handlers that he had tumbled from the tree and was pinned down by a branch which was crushing his body. 

An urban search and rescue team and rope rescue team were dispatched by the fire and rescue service, while the ambulance service sent their hazardous area response team.

The crews reached the man and checked him over before putting him on a long board and basket stretcher to move him from the ravine.

Paramedics gave the man, whose age is unknown, pain relief for his leg injury that he had sustained in the fall.

Other than his leg injury, the man had suffered no other major trauma, with just minor cuts and bruising.

Teams lifted the injured man up the steep ravine slope using ropes and specialist techniques before he was airlifted to Fazakerley hospital by the air ambulance.

The rescue mission took just over two hours in total.

Phil Jones, fire station manager for three stations in the South Ribble area, was involved in the rescue operation. He said: “The terrain was extremely steep and required NWAS HART, USAR and LFRS Rope Rescue Team all working together.

“Safe systems of work were set up to bring the casualty to the golf course which was tough in the hot conditions.

“But, all in all, it was a job well done by Skelmersdale crews, USAR and NWAS. I just hope the chopper didn't damage the golf club’s green too much.”

When the Advertiser contacted Dean Wood Golf Club for comment, they declined to offer a statement.

Are you the man who was rescued? Please call reporter Sophie McCoid on 01704 398269.

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