Emergency services were called to a collapsed bridge in the North Yorkshire Moors this afternoon after two men fell into the floodwaters and had to be rescued.
“The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called at 3.20 this afternoon to reports of a bridge collapse in North Yorkshire.
Two men, believed to be among a shooting party, had fallen into the river when the metal footbridge had collapsed.
Both had sustained head injuries.
Although they had been recovered from the water, both were soaked through when our doctor and paramedic team arrived on scene."
– Great North Air Ambulance spokesperson
“Other emergency services on scene had already prepared the patients for transfer and, after an assessment by the doctor, our crew flew the more seriously injured to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
As well as a head injury, the man, a 65-year-old from the York area, had sustained a suspected broken arm.”
Two air ambulances - the Great North Air Ambulance and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - attended the scene in remote countryside near Pickering this afternoon.
A Great North Air Ambulance spokesman said the 65-year-old man is thought to have lost consciousness following the fall, though he came round on his way to hospital.
It is not known how serious his condition is.
"The metal footbridge had totally collapsed into the river.
By the time we got there, both men had been retrieved from the water.
We think they were on a shooting party."
– A Great North Air Ambulance spokesman
It is not known if they were on a shoot at the time of the incident, which took place at around 2.30pm, according to North Yorkshire Police.
North Yorkshire County Council said it was trying to find out who owned the bridge and its current condition.
Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a clinical supervisor from Yorkshire Ambulance Service and two air ambulances from Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Great North Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene."