A man has been airlifted to hospital after reportedly "tombstoning" near Whitby. Off-duty nurses began treating the patient after he sustained injuriesat Thomason Foss waterfall, close to Goathland, on Sunday.

The male was believed to have sustained spinal injuries after fallingfrom the top of the waterfall into a shallow pool. Emergency services arrived on scene at around 4.45pm, with the multi-agency rescue involving North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. The man was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary for treatment.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed it attended the incident.

A spokesperson said: "Crew from Goathland were flagged down to assista male who had sustained suspected spinal injuries having fallen fromthe top of a water fall into a shallow pool.

"Crews provided first aid and administered oxygen to the casualtywhilst awaiting the arrival of paramedics - crews then stood by whilst the casualty was winched from the scene by the Coastguard and transferred to hospital for further treatment."

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team added: "In a truemulti-agency incident we were called this afternoon to reports of amale who had sustained injuries after tombstoning off Thomason Fosswaterfall close to Goathland.

"Some off duty nurses had been treating the patient before arrival ofthe blue light services.

"Our team had 27 team members deployed for three and three quarterhours in appropriate covid-19 PPE."

Thomason Foss, a steep sided valley, is particularly difficult to extract a casualty from and in light of the suspected injuries we requested the assistance of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Helicopter from Humberside Airport which completed a difficult winch from the scene of the accident and then flew the patient to Hull Royal Infirmary for definitive medical care.

Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team