Bridge collapse victims released from hospital

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TWO shooting enthusiasts who fell into a swollen beck after a bridge collapsed have been released from hospital.

A 65-year-old man from the York area, who was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, after suffering a head injury at High Askew, near Cropton on the North York Moors on Thursday, has made a good recovery after falling into Hartoft Beck.

A man in his 50s, who was also hurt when the pair attending a pheasant shoot fell from the metal footbridge onto a rock in the river, has been discharged from Scarborough Hospital.

Michael Wood, who organised the shoot, said he had inspected other bridges in the area with a structural expert to check their safety and they were all structurally sound, but he was keeping them closed as a precautionary measure.

He said it appeared the bridge had collapsed as the beck’s banks had become sodden after heavy rain.

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