TWO mountain bikers were injured in separate incidents in Gisburn Forest at the weekend.

Both occurred yesterday, September 12, and both were attended by the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue team.

Eleven members were called at 12.03pm by the North West Ambulance Service to help a male who had fallen while out cycling the trails. The incident happened while he was riding down 'Hully Gully' where he had fallen and landed heavily on his face and shoulder.

A BPMRT spokesman said: "The team arrived on scene as the air ambulance crew arrived. The casualty was treated for his injuries and then transported on a bell mountain rescue stretcher to the air ambulance for transport to Royal Preston Hospital.

"As we were about to enjoy a brew at Gisburn Forest Cafe we got asked to attended a second incident in the forest where a young male had come off his bike and suffered lower leg injuries.These were treated by team members and then he was transported to the family vehicle for transport to hospital to get them checked over.

"We wish both casualties a speedy recovery and hopefully they will be back in the forest very soon."

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