A Mountain Rescue Team was called out to support an injured walker in Herefordshire yesterday.

Longtown Mountain Rescue Team said:

“Just before 2pm yesterday afternoon, the team were contacted by West Mercia Police to assist with an injured walker in the Black Mountains, near Black Hill.

“The well prepared and experienced gentleman had slipped and felt his knee ‘pop’, making onward travel very difficult and painful. We had a good rough idea where the casualty was on the hill, so we sent two parties up the Olchon Valley gulley path and a third up black hill via the cats back ridge. Once with the casualty, medical aid was given but the most important priority was keeping the gentleman and the rest of the team warm as the snow was falling heavily and the wind was picking up.

“A stretcher carry off was decided as the best way to evacuate off the mountain, and back down the Olchon Valley path was deemed the safest option as the cats back ridge was getting very icy by this stage.

“Once down at the road, the casualty was transferred to our colleagues in West Midlands Ambulance Service for onward travel to hospital, with the team being stood down just before 9pm.

“We wish him a full and speedy recovery.”

Credit – Longtown Mountain Rescue Team