Climber injured after falling from Chudleigh Rocks

A woman in her 20s has been airlifted to hospital after sustaining suspected serious injuries in an incident in Chudleigh.

Devon Air Ambulance and the Coastguard rescue helicopter both landed in a field near the A38 this afternoon, as part of huge efforts to rescue the woman, who had reportedly fallen from a ledge at Chudleigh Rocks.

Three search and rescue vehicles, 17 members of Dartmoor Rescue Team, paramedics and police officers all attended the incident.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) has now confirmed the woman fell while climbing on the rocks.

They say she was rushed to hospital by air ambulance.

The woman was taken to hospital by air ambulance (Image: Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Ashburton)

In an update on social media, a spokesperson for Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) said: “At around 11am on Friday August 7, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Ashburton were contacted by the police.

“Our assistance was requested to secure, stabilise and recover a person who had fallen whilst rock-climbing at Chudleigh rocks in South Devon.

“The team deployed three vehicles and 17 team members. Our team doctor, along with BASICS Doctors and paramedics from HART & air ambulance stabilised the casualty whilst the team conducted a technical rescue over vertical and overhanging rocks.

“Team members then carried the stretcher through woodland to an air ambulance landing site where Devon air ambulance conveyed the patient to hospital.”

“Our thoughts are with the climber and her family and friends at this difficult time,” the spokesperson added.

Dartmoor Rescue Service (Ashburton) volunteers helped rescue the woman, after she fell from Chudleigh Rocks (Image: Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Ashburton)

The rescue team say the incident was a “complex multi-agency operation” which involved the Coastguard helicopter, BASICS (British Association for Immediate Care) doctors, Devon air ambulance and HART (Hazardous Area Response Team), as well as Devon and Cornwall Police.

Devon Live understands rock-climbing courses are not currently running at Chudleigh Rock.

But locals say unofficial climbers are often seen with their equipment scaling the steep cliff-faces.

The area is also widely used by local walkers.

17 volunteers from Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Ashburton helped rescue the woman (Image: Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Ashburton)

What does the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) do?

The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (Ashburton) is a voluntary organisation that provides specialist search and rescue services across Devon, assisting Devon & Cornwall Police and other search and rescue teams in locating lost, vulnerable and missing persons.

The team also helps the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with conveying injured or ill individuals from remote locations.

Volunteer team members are on-call 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year.

Over 90% of their funding comes from charitable donations from members of the public.

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