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UPDATE: Two injured in North Yorkshire bridge collapse
TWO men were taken to hospital following a dramatic rescue from a flooded river, after a bridge collapsed in a North Yorkshire village.
The men, who were part of a pheasant shooting party in High Askew, near Cropton, on the edge of the North York Moors, when the metal pedestrian bridge gave way at just before 3pm yesterday.
Eyewitnesses told The Press members of the shooting party jumped into the River Severn to help rescue the men, and administered first aid until the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Great North Air Ambulance Service arrived.
A spokesman for the GNAAS said a 65-year-old man had been airlifted to hospital, and said: “Both had sustained head injuries. Although they had been recovered from the water, both were soaked through when our doctor and paramedic team arrived on scene.
“Other emergency services on scene had already prepared the patients for transfer and, after an assessment by the doctor, our crew flew the more seriously injured to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. As well as a head injury, the man, a 65-year-old from the York area, had sustained a suspected broken arm.”
An eyewitness to the rescue said: “As far as I can remember, the bridge just went, but it happened very quickly. No indication, it just went. It’s been there for a long time, and we’ve crossed it thousands of times, but it just went today."
A spokeswoman for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service said a road ambulance had also transported a man in his fifties to Scarborough Hospital following the incident, but could give no details as to the extent of his injuries at this time.