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Ulverston climber survives 30ft fall

A 27-YEAR-OLD law student from Ulverston is lucky to be alive after plunging 30ft from a rock face.

LUCKY ESCAPE Joe Holden of Ulverston shows some of the cuts and bruises he suffered after falling 30ft while rock climbing near Silverdale.

Joe Holden says the only thing that is injured is his pride and he cannot thank emergency services enough for rescuing him.

The keen climber was out with his dad John and his best friend at Trowbarrow Quarry near Silverdale on Sunday afternoon when he had his accident.

He said: “I was following the route, I got on to a ledge and grabbed a rock that was loose and I just fell backwards and landed on my back.

“I remember it all and didn’t lose consciousness at any point.

“The mountain rescue team came out and I was flown to Royal Lancaster Infirmary. They x-rayed me and I hadn’t broken anything. All I had was damaged pride.”

The student, from Lightburn Avenue, Ulverston, said he was lucky not to have been seriously injured in the fall.

He added: “I managed to get away with just scrapes and bruises despite falling 30ft.

“I can’t thank the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team enough for coming to help me. They don’t really get a lot of rock climbing incidents but they were brilliant.

“I also want to thank the pilot of the air ambulance who was absolutely brilliant. The weather was appalling at that point but he managed to get me to the hospital.”

Mr Holden, who is studying law at Sheffield Hallam University, was kept in overnight for observation but was back resting in Ulverston yesterday afternoon. He said he was a bit battered and bruised adding: “I wanted to come straight home after they had checked me over but they weren’t having any of it.

“I know I’m a really lucky guy to walk away from that kind of fall with no injuries.

“I can’t thank everyone enough who helped me.”

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serves yourself right for goin unprepared

Posted by tom henderson on 19 August 2014 at 16:49

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