A man who fell more than 70ft from a steep rock sparked a four-hour rescue mission on Christmas Eve.
Paramedics were called at around 2.30pm to the Sutton Bank beauty spot in North Yorkshire after a dog walker reported an injured man crying for help.
The walker climbed up to where the man was lying to check on what was going on, then called an ambulance.
Members of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team rushed to the scene to help the man who had come to rest against a tree.
He was on a steep, muddy hill and the conditions were darkening, making rescue difficult.
Rescuers set up a rope system to help her lower to him and remount him later.
He was taken halfway on a stretcher and then winched the rest of the way by a helicopter, where he was able to lie on flat ground in a field.
After that, he was transferred to a waiting air ambulance and taken to hospital.
A spokesman for the Mountain Rescue Team said: ‘The nearest team member was asked to drive straight to the scene, plot a route over farmland and meet the crew. air ambulance team that had just landed at the time.
“The light was starting to dim when other team members arrived. They took medical and other equipment with them.
‘As the victim’s location is on a steep, muddy hill, they have set up a rope system to help him descend to it and re-ascend it later.
“A Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter had also been called due to the terrain with the potential need to winch the victim.
“When everything was in place, the team members transported the victim half way up the hill in the Coastguard stretcher, to a point where the helicopter was able to winch him, then crossed a field at the top, next to the Cleveland Chemin de chemin.
“From there he was carried by other members of the team to the air ambulance waiting for transport to hospital. We wish him good luck in his recovery.
They said part of the shift was deployed in a Team Land Rover while others traveled in their own vehicles.
The statement added: “A big thank you to everyone at Dialstone Farm for access through their land and especially to the dog walker who sounded the alarm.”
“Eighteen crew members were involved for approximately 3.5 hours plus until another hour back home.”
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