Warnings following sledging accidents

Sledging Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Emergency services are warning people to take care in the snow following several reports of sledging accidents.

On Saturday (January 19), West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to two sledging accidents.

To reach the first man, who had a back injury, ambulance crews had to climb on their hands and knees because he had fallen off a sledge at the top of a hill at Barr Beacon Reservoir, Aldridge. He had to be brought down the slope in a 4x4.

The second man was airlifted to Worcester Hospital with neck, back and chest injuries following an accident at the top of Bredon Hill, Overbury, near Tewkesbury.

Emergency services in Warwickshire had to help a man who fell down a quarry in Napton on the Hill, near Southam yesterday afternoon. He had apparently suffered a back injury after falling 5 metres down the shaft whilst sledging in a canoe.