Man trapped for four hours after tumbling down gully

A MAN was trapped for more than four hours after tumbling 30ft down a steep gully on his way home from a night out.

The casualty, believed to be in his 40s, suffered head injuries as he fell from a footpath while taking a shortcut from Heptonstall to Hebden Bridge at around 1am.

His friend raised the alarm at around 5.30am. It is believed the pair had been drinking.

Firefighters from Mytholmroyd and Todmorden were called to the scene, near Heptonstall Road, along with a technical rescue team from Cleckheaton and the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.

Al Day, team leader, said: “The patient was assessed by team doctor Beccy Isles, and although the patient did not appear to have any serious injury, he was treated for a potential spinal injury due to the nature of his fall.

“He was immobilised in a mountain rescue vacuum mattress, before being hoisted back up to the path with the assistance of the fire service.

“We then evacuated the patient for a kilometre down the track on a bell stretcher to the waiting ambulance.

“The team has responded to a number of incidents in this vicinty over the past few years, which have on several occasions been people on the way home from the pub.”

The man was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be serious.