INCIDENT 20/2023 APR. 16th SUN. 13.19 HULL POT, HORTON IN RIBBLESDALE, NORTH YORKSHIRE, MOUNTAIN INCIDENT

In attempting to take a photograph from the South South Western rim of Hull Pot, a walker (m, 26) ventured just a little too far and fell over the edge, landing on the rock-strewn floor of the 90m-long, open pot, some18m below. CRO members arriving at the site found that a NWAA helicopter had just landed and, also, a local farmer had transported YAS personnel there. Team members rigged and descended the gulley at the Eastern end to reach the casualty. They were soon followed by a YAS paramedic, using CRO safety equipment. While the casualty, who had regained consciousness and was described as ‘quite chatty’, was being assessed, other team members rigged a two-line hauling system, with pulleys for ‘mechanical advantage’, at the waterfall (Northern) side of the hole. Once ‘packaged’ and on the stretcher, the casualty was carried across the pot, then he and a ‘barrow-boy’ were hauled to the surface, with the stretcher kept horizontal. He was handed over to the NWAS paramedics¬† who, with the CRO doctor, assessed him thoroughly again before he was loaded into the helicopter for the flight to hospital. Superficially, the casualty appeared to have a head injury and a broken collarbone. The YAS paramedic, team members and all equipment were recovered back to the team vehicles and all returned to Horton.

Volunteer hours:  60

Assessing the patient, then a horizontal haul from the pot: