A MALE climber was taken to hospital with a head injury after falling from Giggleswick Scar, near Settle.

Members of Cave Rescue Organisation carried the 52-year old from Giggleswick Scar North to a waiting ambulance after he fell ten metres on Wednesday afternoon. It was the first of two call-outs on Wednesday for CRO, whose members finished the day off with their weekly training session.

A CRO spokesperson said: "Members were rapidly deployed to the scene to assess the situation. The climber had sustained a head wound and, following treatment and assessment by both the team doctor and paramedics from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, he was brought down from the crag in a stretcher to the roadside where he was transferred to a road ambulance."

The team then received a call from Cumbria Police to help with a child who had sustained an injury while out with a group in Barbondale, near Kirkby Lonsdale. The ten year old boy had apparently slipped and injured his thigh, and was unable to continue walking.

The spokesperson said: "Members were diverted from the earlier incident, supported by other members who were able to respond, and directed to the scene. The party was quickly located and assessed by one of our paramedic members. The casualty was then sledged in a stretcher to the nearby roadside, and transferred to the care of North West Ambulance who had attended the scene.

"Members were stood down, returning to base to clear up from a long afternoon and also for our weekly training evening."