/ Shorn Cliff, Wye valley accident yesterday (Sunday)

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Phil Murray - on 06 May 2013
I was climbing at Shorn Cliff yesterday, and we heard & glimpsed the emergency services arrive up the forest track - does anyone know anything else? I think the accident was in the Tiger's Don't Cry part of the crag... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-22425716
simon c on 06 May 2013
ElBarto - on 06 May 2013
In reply to Phil Murray:
The link Simon C provided is about the same event.

I was there and saw a bit of the fall as I was at the top of a route very near by.

It seems as though the climber hadn't placed the gear well (he acknowledged this) and didn't have a large enough hex to place either, tried down climbing a tricky part of the route & then slipped, gear popped and he decked. Surprisingly considering what he landed on he was in better shape than I'd have thought, still very bad though and luckily there was a lot of climbers around helping the emergency services to get him out on the track to be driven away.

I think I remember the belayer saying that the rope went tight just as he hit the ground so maybe that saved a bit of the impact, not sure if he actually said that though or if it was someone else.

Really hope the guy is going to be alright.
bonelessivar - on 06 May 2013
In reply to Phil Murray: A chap called julian was on an HS called 'indecisive victory'. We were about to start a route nearby when we saw him come down and hit the deck. The time it took the emergency services to respond really highlighted the difficulty in rescuing someone from shorn cliff. He was alert and talking throughout the rescue, but did land on his back and may have done some damage. Hopefully he got lucky. A sterling effort by lots of climbers and the fire brigade eventualy got him out on a stretcher. It would be great to hear he's doing ok.
bonelessivar - on 06 May 2013
In reply to Phil Murray: no winch or specialist equipment used though. Just a stretcher, some ropes as hand rails and lots of climbers and a few fire men rotating round to gradually feed the stretcher over rocky ground.
Bobling - on 06 May 2013
In reply to Phil Murray:

Hope he is OK. Good effort everyone from the sounds of it, I was thinking only the other day about how challenging it would be to get a casualty down to the Forestry Track.
wurzelinzummerset on 07 May 2013
In reply to ElBarto: I was starting up an adjacent route, heard something, looked around and saw someone falling then hit the ground. His fall didn't seem to be checked by rope/gear. From what I saw I think he came off from above the first tree.

Although inappropriate at this moment, at a later date I think the full details of this incident could and should be discussed with a view to learning lessons from it. Let's hope he's okay.
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Happy Haggis - on 07 May 2013
In reply to ElBarto: As someone else at the crag who helped out, it would be good to hear how Julian (although I think his nickname is Sid?) is doing.

Encouraging to see so many climbers helping out in what was an awkward rescue.

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