Squad to rescue of boy hurt in fall

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LIFEsaviNG volunteers came to the rescue of a teenager who fell from a tree swing.

The 13-year-old was in woods near Underbank in Charlestown, Hebden Bridge, when he came off the swing and fractured his arm. With paramedics unable to get to him, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team were called to carry the boy to the ambulance.

The call out on Wednesday night was the team’s first chance to use their new Land Rover.

The vehicle will be based at Todmorden ambulance station and the team hope it will mean they can respond to incidents in that area quicker.

Earlier the same day, at around noon, the volunteers helped a man in his 30s who had fallen 40ft while trial biking at Earl Crag in Keighley.

He suffered a fractured femur. Again, the team carried the man to an ambulance. Calder Valley Search and Rescue is made up of volunteers who are trained to search and rescue people around the South Pennine moors, as well as searching for missing people in urban areas and evacuating people who are hurt, often from places the ambulance cannot reach.

Their services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.