Man suffers head injuries in incident at Richmond Falls

Photo: Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

A man has suffered head injuries in an incident at the falls in Richmond today.

A 28-year-old man from County Durham suffered lacerations after hitting his head when he jumped into the River Swale.

He was taken to hospital by road ambulance.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene at around 1.20pm.

A Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter was also called to the incident.

Volunteers from Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team also attended the scene and assisted with the rescue.

Inspector Mark Gee, from Richmondshire police, said: “I would urge people to be sensible in the sun and water during the current hot weather.

“There is still a lot of water in the River Swale following the recent downpours and the river can be a dangerous place.”

Insp Gee thanked members of the public who provided refreshments to police and other emergency service workers at the scene today.

He added: “I also want to thank volunteer members of the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team who assisted with the rescue.

“We train for incidents such as this in the River Swale and this was another successful multi-agency operation.”

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews from Richmond, Leyburn and Northallerton have rescued a male from the river bank after he jumped into the water and sustained a head injury.

“Crew administered first aid and used a rescue craft to transfer the casualty across the river to an ambulance. Wading poles, throw lines and first aid pack used.”

Dozens of people are cooling off in the River Swale at Richmond today on what experts say is likely to be the hottest day of the year so far.

Video footage from the scene shows crowds watching the rescue take place.


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  1. I guess this was the idiot in today’s Daily Express photograph who was doing an incredibly stupid back flip dive off the top of the waterfall into shallow water!

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