Woman rescued after cave drama


Emergency services came to the rescue of a woman who was stuck in a cave after falling and breaking a leg.

The woman became trapped in Thor’s Cave in Staffordshire’s Manifold Valley on Sunday.

She didn’t have a mobile phone signal so a person who was with her had to find a landline to make the 999 call for help.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) was alerted shortly after 12.30pm and sent two rapid response vehicles.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and Derby Mountain Rescue Team also attended.

A WMAS spokesman said: “The rapid response vehicles parked at the bottom of the hill while the air ambulance landed at the top.

“It was established the only way the woman could be removed from the cave was downhill so while the air ambulance’s clinical crew slipped and slid their way down the hill to the entrance of the cave the pilot flew the helicopter to a football field in Wetton and landed it there.

“At the same time, paramedics climbed up the hill to the cave.

“The injured woman, who is in her 50, was given pain relief, her ankle was re-aligned and her fractured leg was splinted before she was wrapped up like a cocoon to be carried out of the cave and down the hill using the specialist equipment from the mountain rescue team.

“She was taken down to the 4x4 vehicle brought by the mountain rescue team. She was then driven to the football field and the awaiting air ambulance.

“Following a rescue that took more than two hours, she was then ready to be flown to Royal Derby Hospital.”