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Boy remains in hospital after falling down gorge

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.

The boy was taken to hospital with a head injury Credit: Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue
A road was cordoned off to allow emergency services access Credit: Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue

Rescue team describes gorge fall operation

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.

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.

– Duncan Massey, Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue