MOUTAIN rescue volunteers and an air ambulance were called to treat an injured mountain biker.

The call was made to the Cleveland rescue team at 7.15pm on Sunday when the Yorkshire Ambulance Service needed assistance after a 50-year-old male from the Northallerton area was injured.

The man had been mountain biking in the vicinity of ‘Square Corner’ up on the moor just to the south of Osmotherley when he had taken a tumble and sustained possible pelvic and shoulder injuries.

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A total of 23 members responded to the ‘call-out’ with the Team’s Land-Rovers making a dash from Marske where they were over-seeing the completion of the 22 mile Whalebones walk – a sponsored event which helps to raise funds for the Team.

As well as the road ambulance the air ambulance attended, with volunteers helping to carry stretcher to the helicopter to enable his transfer to Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital.

(CORR)Gari Finch, a spokesman for the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, said “This was a multi-agency response in which members of the Rescue Team together with personnel from both the air and road ambulance services worked together in an effective manner to ensure that the injured man was on his way to hospital as quickly and as comfortably as possible.”