Climber rescued after 100ft cliff fall in Wye Valley

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A seriously injured climber from Sleaford had to be rescued on Sunday after falling 100ft at a beauty spot, near Chepstow.

Abergavenny’s Longtown Mountain Rescue Team was called out at about 1.30pm after the 56 year-old Sleaford man fell while climbing at Wyndcliff in the Wye Valley.

The man, an experienced climber, had been with another member of the Lincolnshire Mountaineering Club, when he fell 100ft down a cliff and suffered suspected back and shoulder injuries.

Longtown MRT was joined by members from Central Beacons MRT and Brecon MRT to rescue the casualty who was left stranded half way up the cliffs. In a three hour rescue teams had to lower the stretcher by hand and ropes and weave it through dense woodland, stopping traffic on the A466 to carry him along the road to an ambulance which took him to the Royal Gwent Hospital.

Luke Lewis, deputy team leader from Longtown MRT, said: “The casualty was half way up a tree-lined cliff which meant it was a tricky rescue but that’s what our members train for.”

Wyndcliff is the start of the well-known 365 steps walk and also attracts visitors to see its hanging woodlands.