Man falls from rope swing down steep embankment in Fife

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Crews from Dunfermline and Glenrothes work together with ambulance personnel

At 8.18pm on Friday 21st June Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Operations Control Thornton received a call from the ambulance service to assist with the recovery of a 39 year old male casualty near Comrie in Fife .

The male had sustained a suspected broken leg when falling from a rope swing, and was trapped 20m down a steep embankment at Comrie burn to the south of Bickram Crescent, Comrie.

Two appliances from Dunfermline and a water rescue team from Glenrothes were initially mobilised. On attending, Dunfermline crews requested the attendance of the Aerial Rescue Pump from Dunfermline with a stretcher and a rope rescue team from Edinburgh. The water rescue team was not required and was stood down.

Dunfermline fire crews and paramedics stabilised and extricated the casualty safely from the embankment using a spine board, twin lines and a bath stretcher.  He was then taken to Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy by Ambulance.

Edinburgh rope rescue team was not required and returned to home stations.