Penygroes: farmer in hospital after 40ft quarry fall

Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team

A farmer is recovering in hospital after he fell 40ft into a disused quarry near Penygroes.

The man was tending to his livestock when the accident happened at around 4.30pm on Friday afternoon (13th November) – he suffered multiple head and leg injuries.

Search and rescue teams were called out by worried family and friends when he failed to return home.

Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team said the man fell ”from a significant height” and came to rest on the floor of the quarry, unable to move.

A fifteen-strong team in three vehicles joined the rescue, including Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics, Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service Wales (EMRTS) and a crew from North Wales Cave Rescue.

Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team

A spokesperson added: ”Once on (the) scene, a team doctor was quickly lowered into the quarry to assess and treat the casualty who was found to be in a serious but stable condition with multiple injuries to his head and legs.”

”Using a rope rescue system, the casualty was placed into a stretcher…and raised from the quarry floor, prior to being carried through fields to an awaiting ambulance.”

The farmer was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor but he was later transferred to a specialist trauma unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

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