A MOUNTAIN rescue service were called out after a teenager fell out of a tree this afternoon (Saturday).

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team were contacted at just after 1.30pm by the North East Ambulance Service.

The ambulance service were requesting assistance with a teenager, who had fallen from a tree in woodlands near to Westlands Academy in Thornaby.

Team members were contacted and upon arrival met up with the ambulance crew, who were treating the male casualty for a shoulder injury and potentially other injuries.

The teenager was very close to a tree stump so moving him without aggravating his injury was awkward.

Team members had to lift him carefully onto a specialist mountain rescue stretcher on which he was securely packaged in a vacuum mattress.

He was then carried for about 150 metres along a woodland path, up a short but steep bank and then onto the waiting ambulance.

A total of 25 team members either attended or were available, if needed.

However, not all were required, with one other person co-ordinating their response remotely.

The incident lasted nearly an hour-and-a-half, plus return travel time and decontamination of the equipment back at the team’s base.

l Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team is a volunteer organisation.