Specialist line rescue in Cambuslang

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Injured man successfully brought to surface after falling 10m down an embankment.

Firefighters conducted a line rescue after a man fell around 10m (30ft) down an embankment into a burn in Cambuslang early Sunday morning (16 August).

A 999 call to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) reported the incident in Borgie Glen at Greenlees Road shortly before 12:40am. A crew was immediately mobilised from nearby Clydesmill Community Fire Station along with rope rescue teams from East Kilbride.

The incident commander, Station Manager Mark Leathem, said: “First responders reached the scene within six minutes to find a man within a few centimetres of water.

“He was conscious and appeared to have minor injuries. We had a specialist rope rescue vehicle at the scene and firefighters immediately moved to assist the casualty while ascertaining the best method of bringing him back up the embankment.”

He continued: “Our teams set-up a two-rope system which would allow them to move the man on a stretcher. He was assessed by paramedics before being brought up by the line rescue team.”

After being rescued the man was moved to an ambulance and taken to Hairmyres Hospital. SFRS crews left the scene around 2:30am.

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