An 11-year-old boy remains in hospital tonight in a serious condition after falling 30ft down Cheddar Gorge. The child was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital by Portland coastguard helicopter.
A major rescue operation took place late this afternoon after reports that an 11-year-old boy had fallen down Cheddar Gorge. Rescue volunteers have described how the boy, who was with his mother, fell off a rocky outcrop onto a gravel ledge, landing on his face.
The boy suffered a head injury and is said to be in a serious condition at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital having been airlifted there by Portland Coastguard.
– Duncan Massey, Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue
The boy was in a serious/critical condition. There was a multi-agency response which was appropriate. Volunteer rescue teams were also at the scene. The patient has got the best possible outcome from the rescue operation and we wish him a full recovery.
Rescue workers have tonight described how an 11-year-old boy fell 30ft down Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, landing on his face. Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue say the boy was taken to hospital in a serious/critical condition.
A boy has been taken to hospital after falling down Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. The child was airlifted to hospital in a coastguard helicopter.
Cheddar's Market Cross, which dates back to the 15th century, has been badly damaged after being crashed into by a taxi.
The people-carrier crashed into the structure on Friday night. It's the second time that the ancient shelter in the world-famous Somerset town has been seriously damaged.