A WALKER was rescued after suffering a broken leg in a fall near a quarry in Corwen on Sunday night.

Volunteers at the North East Wales Search and Rescue (NEWSAR) were called to the incident at Penarth Quarry just before 8pm on Sunday, February 2.

The man, in his 30s, was with two other walkers during “horrific weather” when he slipped on the steep hill and fractured his lower leg.

NEWSAR is called, often by the police, when emergency services have difficulty to reach an injured person.

It sent 18 crew members and two 4x4 vehicles to the incident, which arrived at the scene at about 8.40pm

“We were able to get close to the site thanks to access from the local farmer, otherwise it would have taken much longer,” said NEWSAR deputy team leader Gerald Davison.

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NEWSAR crews put the man in his 30s in a stretcher

“Upon arrival it was decided that due to the steep ground, we had to use a safety rope system that included a rope and ground spikes to ensure that the stretcher did not slide down the hill, which could have been catastrophic.”

The rope system was used for a short distance before the stretcher was carried by NEWSAR volunteers over a total of 200 metres. The man was put in the land rover by about 10pm.

“The weather was horrific and it was a steep, muddy farmer’s track down to the road which required experienced 4x4 driving,” Mr Davison added.

The man was taken to the roadside Welsh Ambulance Service emergency ambulance at about 10.30pm.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to reports of an incident near Penarth Quarry, Corwen at approximately 7.50pm on Sunday 2 February,” an ambulance spokesperson said.

“We sent one emergency ambulance to the scene. We were supported by our Search and Rescue colleagues and took one person to Wrexham Maelor General Hospital.”

It costs NEWSAR about £25,000 a year for its equipment, training courses, fuel and vehicle repairs, which it raises via donations. To donate, visit newsar.org.uk/fundraising