Injured cyclist rescued from forest

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Galloway Mountain Rescue Team were called out to a tricky evactuation on Thursday after a cyclist came off his mountain bike on one of the 7Stanes routes at Kirroughtree.

An ambulance and air ambulance were already in attendance and Rescue 177 from HMS Gannet was also on scene. Trees and other hazards at the location prevented the helicopter crew from winching the casualty from the scene of the accident.

Team Leader Mike McCann, who assisted with the rescue, said: “Once again our Land Rover ambulance proved it was a worthy investment for the team. Five team personnel responded in the vehicle from our Newton Stewart base managing to traverse a very rough, unused track to within half a mile of the casualty. He was already prepared for evacuation and we assisted the ambulance crew and Royal Navy air crew to recover him to our Land Rover. We then transported him through the forest to an awaiting ambulance for the onward journey to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.”

The injured mountain biker, who isn’t local to the area, is believed to have sustained injuries to his ankle and wrist.

For more information about the voluntary activities of Galloway MRT including details of incidents, training, walk routes and much more, visit www.gallowaymrt.org.uk.