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Mountain rescue team helps injured man and deer on Pendle Hill
A MAN suffered an epileptic fit after falling down a section of the steps on the way up Pendle Hill yesterday.
And as the 39-year-old man, who was accompanied by a family member, was being rescued by the Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team they discovered a badly injured deer which also needed help.
The man was helped down the hill at around noon before receiving treatment from paramedics from the North West Air Ambulance.
The man suffered arm and leg injuries but was deemed fit enough to go home and not be taken to hospital.
During the descent, the team found a deer with multiple injuries which had been hit by a car.
Team leader Graham Dalley said the animal was later put down by vets from Colne.
Mr Dalley said: “Ten of us responded to the incident and were able to locate the man quickly. We don’t know how far the man fell down the hill but he suffered injuries as a result.
“It was important for us to get him down as quickly and as safely as possible so he could be taken to hospital, if needed, following the fit.
“It’s a shame that the deer had to be put down but there was no way that it was going to survive.
“It’s never good when a thing like this happens and I hope it does not happen again.”
Andrew Simpson, from the rescue team, said: “The team responded to the incident at 12.08pm and helped the man down the hill for further treatment.
“They found the deer on the walk down and the person who had hit it was still there.
“They secured the scene and rang the police who in turn contacted a duty vet.
“It was found in the middle of the road but it was moved out of the way.”
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