A man is in hospital after falling from a spectacular rock formation near Dovestones during strong winds.
In a Facebook post, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team (OMRT) told how they were part of a major emergency services operation on Tuesday lunchtime.
The team were called by North West Ambulance Service to reports of a man having fallen from the Trinnacle on Ravenstones.
The three-pronged gritstone stack perched in the hills above Saddleworth Moor is popular with climbers.
Due to the potential for serious injuries, Yorkshire Air Ambulance was also requested as well as NWAS ground crews.
The Air Ambulance arrived first and paramedics found the victim in a ‘very serious condition’, OMRT said.
“Because of the steep terrain and extremely blustery wind conditions, assistance from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was requested, with the larger helicopter and winching capability,” the Facebook post added.
“By this time, OMRT members were arriving on scene with our specialist medical equipment and assisted in the treatment of the casualty, whilst preparing for helicopter winching and landing sites.
“Some excellent flying by MCA R912 from Humberside meant that the winch man could be landed at the scene, where the decision was made to lift the casualty in our stretcher onto the top of the crag. “
The Air Ambulance then flew the man to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.
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“Our team members escorted the passers-by who had alerted the emergency services and administered immediate first aid back down to the car park; it was then back to base to clean and sort the equipment,” Oldham Mountain Rescue Team added.
“We would urge people to take extra care when walking near steep ground and crag tops, especially when it is very windy.
“Sending our positive thoughts to the casualty and his family.”
The incident happened when the Greater Manchester area was subject to a yellow weather warning from the Met Office for wind and rain.
Forecasters had predicted gusts of up to 60mph.
In total, eighteen mountain rescue team personnel were involved for 2 hours and 50 minutes.