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Woman injured in fall during Wells Cathedral tour

02 May 2014

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AN RAF helicopter was called to Wells Cathedral on Tuesday, after a 68-year-old woman fell 30 feet and reportedly became stuck between two turrets. 

The rescue took three hours. A doctor abseiled to a point 175 feet above the ground to treat her, before she was lifted to the cathedral roof and then to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, by helicopter.

Her injuries are not life-threatening, but it is under­stood that she broke her wrists, shoulder and pelvis.

The woman was part of a group of 12 on a "High Parts" tour, which gives people the opportunity to "climb to the top of the cathedral and explore hidden spaces not always accessible to visitors".

She fell in the cathedral tower and be­­came trapped between an internal and external wall.

A statement from the cathedral on Tuesday said that the incident occurred during a briefing on the final stage of the tour. 

"The Cathedral's emergency pro­cedure was immediately put into operation, and emergency services are now in attendance, including the air ambulance." 

The cathedral gave no further details, but it announced the cancel­lation of high-parts and tower tours until further notice. 

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