Man and child rescued from Thor’s cave

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Working with partners, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has managed to safely rescue a man and child from Thor’s Cave in Wetton this afternoon (28 June).

Firefighters from Leek were called to the Moorlands beauty spot at around 1:10pm after reports of a man and boy getting stuck.

The man and child, who were stuck approximately 60 metres up the side of the rock face, were fortunately uninjured. Rescuers were able to communicate with the man and child verbally and worked with Derbyshire Mountain Rescue and the West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team to bring them to safety.

Rob Barber, deputy chief fire officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This was a very complex rescue operation and I would like to thank all the teams involved for a swift response. The quick actions by firefighters and our colleagues from the mountain rescue team meant we were able to safely gain access to the two members of the public and then lower them to safety using rope rescue techniques.

“The Moorlands can be a beautiful location to visit, but when the ground is wet, rocks can be slippery and dangerous. I would urge any visitors to locations like these to follow local safety information and to not take any unnecessary risks.”