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Two climbers rescued during joint training exercise

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A joint training exercise in the Malvern Hills turned into a real life incident this morning (Tuesday 18 August) as fire and ambulance crews came across two climbers that had fallen approximately 15 metres.

Malvern hills rescue

The HART Team from West Midlands Ambulance and the Rope Rescue Teams from Malvern and Droitwich fire stations were just about to undertake a joint training exercise when they were approached by a member of a climbing group who told them two of their team had fallen nearby.

The crews swiftly made their way to the scene to find two females that had fallen between a fir tree and rock face. The Rope Rescue Teams were able to rescue the pair whilst the HART Team provided medical care. One female was released at the scene and the other was taken to hospital via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

Station Commander Phil Griffiths said: "The pair were very lucky as a nearby fir tree broke their fall and prevented the incident from being much worse. Fortunately, both services were able to respond quickly and efficiently which reinforces the importance of the joint exercises that we regularly undertake. We wish them both a speedy recovery."

Issued by:
Jessica Chadwick
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319
JChadwick@hwfire.org.uk