A mountain biker was airlifted to hospital after falling off his bike at Dalby Forest this morning (Sunday).
Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance were called to the scene at Dixon’s Hollow at 11.34am.
The man suffered facial injuries, including serious damage to his jaw, as a result of the accident.
The team’s incident controller Ian Hugill said: “One of our team members living close to our base at Snainton was alerted to collect one of our 4x4 ambulances and drive to Dixon’s Hollow while a text message was sent to activate the rest of our operational team members. This resulted in 16 team members setting off to Dalby.
“As it happens, this time, the casualty was relatively close to Dixon’s Hollow and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew were able to treat and evacuate with the assistance of members of the public on scene so the team were not needed. We were out for just over one hour.”
Mr Hugill said the team had responded to nine incidents in Dalby this year and members were seeing a rise in the number of recreational injuries in and around the forest.
“As a result of the terrain and isolated locations these inevitably result in multi-agency activity including ourselves and combinations of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The Great North Air Ambulance, Sea King helicopter and the Forest Rangers,” said Mr Hugill.
For more information on the rescue team visit www.srmrt.org.uk