Helicopter called to rescue man in Llangollen quarry fall


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN who plunged 200ft in a horror quarry fall suffered “major trauma injuries”, according to the rescuers.

The man, who is in his 30s, was winched into an RAF helicopter and taken to hospital in Stoke after the fall at the flooded quarry – known as the Blue Lagoon – off the Horseshoe Pass.

He was with a group of four when he tumbled, hitting rocks on the way down before landing in the water.

It was thought his friends pulled him out.

The helicopter winchman used the full 245ft length of the cable to hoist the casualty into the aircraft on Tuesday night.

Squadron Leader David Webster, of RAF Valley Search and Rescue, said: “The man was suffering with major trauma. The Sea King was called out and airborne by 8pm on Tuesday at the request of the ambulance service to assist a male faller at a flooded quarry near Llangollen.

“On arrival one of our team was winched down and assessed the casualty, before speaking to the rest of the crew by radio. The casualty was then winched into the Sea King and treated in our major trauma unit at the rear of the helicopter.

“He was taken straight to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent which is the best place to treat the major trauma injuries.

“In total, the round-trip from Anglesey to Llangollen took three hours, 55 minutes.”

Mike Mayers, 66, who lives near the site, saw the dramatic rescue. He said “The helicopter circled around a few times. A member of the RAF team was then winched down.

“The helicopter circled around again before the casualty was winched on board and they flew off.

“Unfortunately there are quite a few accidents that happen in this area.”

Another Horseshoe Pass resident, Amber Clemence, 23, said: “I live across the way from the site. I saw the helicopter arrive. There were also quite a few police and ambulance vehicles.

“I think the incident was going on for about an-hour-and-a-half.”

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 7.31pm on Tuesday to reports a man had fallen at the Blue Lagoon quarry, near the Horseshoe Pass.

“A community first responder attended together with paramedics in two rapid response cars, a crew in an emergency ambulance and an RAF helicopter.”

North Wales Police spokesman Michael McGivern said officers assisted in the rescue effort with the ambulance service and RAF.

There have been previous concerns voiced about safety at the former slate workings.

In 2010 Llangollen community leaders urged caution as videos were posted online of people jumping into the water and clambering on the quarry’s steep sides.

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