Nineteen volunteers help stretcher injured mountain biker to waiting ambulance after fall
The Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team has completed its first rescue of 2019, at Guisborough Woods
20:23, 7 JAN 2019
Volunteers attend their first rescue of 2019, a mountain biker who sustained head injuries in a fall at Guisborough Woods (Image: Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team)
A mountain biker was carried to safety after hitting his head in a fall in the first call-out of 2019 for volunteer rescuers.
Cleveland Mountain Rescue were called at around 3pm on Sunday by the ambulance service to help with getting the injured male mountain rider to hospital.
He had fallen from his bike in Guisborough Woods.
A post on the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page said: "By good luck some team members were already at our base having already been out in a team vehicle, allowing us to respond very quickly.
"He had been cycling with friends on the popular paths and mountain bike routes in Guisborough Woods. He came off his bike on a steep descent near Holme Farm, his friends quickly raised the alarm and called for help.
"Team members approached the scene in our two Land Rover ambulances and on foot, where NEAS personnel treated the man's head injury.
"We then carried the man on our stretcher off the muddy path and down a track around 300m before he was transferred to the waiting ambulance, for further assessment and transfer to hospital.
"19 team members attended the incident which lasted 45 minutes."
It was the first time in 2019 that the volunteers were called into action and came hot on the heels of a busy 2018, in which extreme weather - both in winter and summer - led to its busiest year ever, with 78 callouts in total.