A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital yesterday after falling from a castle wall.
A large-scale rescue operation took place at Ewloe Castle after the visitor, believed to be in her 40s, fell and suffered back injuries.
Police, the ambulance service, mountain rescue teams and the RAF attended the scene.
The alarm was raised shortly after 11am and the woman was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital by an RAF Squadron 22 helicopter at 1.50pm.
Police said they received reports that the woman had fallen from Ewloe Castle walls and that she was in a “very difficult location”.
Robert Paul, of RAF Squadron 22, said they were called because it was first thought she might need to be winched out.
He said: “She slipped and fell a short distance - she was in an inaccessible location.”
Mr Paul, who was the duty captain, had travelled from RAF Valley in Anglesey along with four team members to assist in the rescue.
Jerald Davison, deputy team leader of the North East Wales Search and Rescue Team, said: “The Welsh Ambulance service called us to extract the casualty from a difficult location, while they had also called the RAF.
“We had 15 volunteer team members on the scene.
“We put the casualty into a vac mattress and on to a stretcher and we were able to use a small amount of rope to extract them out of a difficult location. We took them about 200 metres to the RAF helicopter.
“It wasn’t what we were really used to doing, but it’s not about mountains any more and we are well trained with dealing with situations in confined spaces.”