CLAPHAM Cave Rescue Organisation was called out twice within an hour at the weekend, though the second casualty 'out-gunned' rescuers with her jokes and banter while on pain-relieving gas and air.

The first incident was a 19-year-old male who had slipped while descending Whernside at around 1.30pm on Sunday, January 19.

The walker had a suspected lower leg fracture and the rescue team splinted the injured leg, packaged the injured person into a stretcher and were able to drag him, sledge-like, down the steep grassy slopes towards Bruntscar.

The casualty was then transferred by a CRO vehicle to the B6255 road for a handover to Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics.

An hour after the first call, members were alerted to a 15-year-old girl who had slipped on a steep and muddy grass slope near to the top of Malham Cove.

The young person had a possible fractured ankle and was treated by YAS paramedics.

CRO team members carried the casualty to a CRO vehicle, for onward travel to Malham village and a transfer to an ambulance.

A spokesman for the CRO said: "It is very worth noting that throughout the (Malham Cove) transfer, the casualty had the team in absolute stitches with her ‘gentle banter’. It was nice to see that the pain relief was doing its job.

"We usually do the funnies on the stretcher carries but we were definitely out-gunned on this one. "Hopefully the good spirits will continue throughout her recovery."

The team subsequently named her the ‘funniest casualty whilst on gas and air’.