A mountain rescue team was scrambled today to go to the help of an injured mountain biker in North Yorkshire woodland today (Tuesday, January 16). 

Sixteen member of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) were contacted by North Yorkshire Police after the biker injured a knee in woodland north-west of Kilburn, near Thirsk, at shortly after 2.30pm

A spokesperson for team said: "Members were deployed from various locations - three of them taking a Team Land Rover and others making their own way using their personal vehicles.

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team go to help injured mountain biker

"Meanwhile the Team’s call-out officer contacted the casualty by phone to check on his condition and to confirm his location.

"He was unable to stand and was getting cold and, although he had been riding alone, another biker had come across him and was waiting there until assistance arrived."

He added: "Once the team had arrived and assessed his injuries it was evident that his injury was serious enough to warrant an ambulance and so the Yorkshire Ambulance Service was contacted.The Northern Echo: Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team go to help injured mountain biker

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"The volunteer rescue members stabilised the casualty’s leg using a vacuum splint, wrapped him within a warm casualty bag and lifted him onto a mountain rescue stretcher before carrying and ‘wheeling’ him for approximately 500-metres to a forest track at which point he was transferred to the ambulance."

The team has wished the biker well and thanked the rider who initially stayed with him and others who helped out later with warm clothing and by providing directions to the rescuers.

The team was involved for more than four hours by the time their rescue Land Rover was returned to Base and made ready for another potential call-out.