Boy injured in 30ft waterfall plunge

Date: Friday 26th April 2019

AN eight-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries after falling 30ft down a waterfall on to some rocks on Good Friday.

The boy was on holiday from London with his family when he fell while walking near a waterfall at Sandwick Bay, Ullswater, with his father.

The boy was in a difficult position to reach and a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter had to winch him from the scene for more detailed assessment by crew from the North West air ambulance helicopter, who had treated him by the waterfall, along with a BEEP doctor, who reached the site with assistance from a mountain rescue vehicle.

The boy was airlifted by the North West air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, where by the following morning he had been moved from intensive care to the step down high dependency unit. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.