Man lay injured for hours in woods

Borsdane Wood in Aspull where a landslide happened in March 2014 and has still not been sorted by Wigan Council

Borsdane Wood in Aspull where a landslide happened in March 2014 and has still not been sorted by Wigan Council

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A MAN lay trapped in an embankment for hours until he was rescued by emergency services.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, was walking in Borsdane Woods, off Hindley Mill Lane, when he slipped down an embankment on Wednesday afternoon.

He called for help, but was only rescued at 11.45pm by firefighters from Hindley, Bolton Mountain Rescue, police officers and paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

A spokesman for Hindley Fire Sevice said; “Because of the bad weather conditions he slipped going up a path. He had been there quite a while as he said he had been there since daylight.

“Members of Bolton Mountain Rescue assisted and moved the man using a stretcher and he was transported out by a Land Rover.”

The man was treated at the scene and was said to have suffered back and neck injuries.

Earlier this month Wigan Council warned people not to walk on landslide-damaged paths on some sections of the routes through Borsdane Wood, between Hindley and Aspull, which have been shut off to the public since land became unstable last spring.

It had been reported that walkers had pushed the fences at the northern end of Borsdane Wood to continue to use the path.

It is not yet clear which section of the woods the incident took place.