Teenager badly injured after falling down hill

Firefighters from Wigan rescued the boy
Firefighters from Wigan rescued the boy

A schoolboy was airlifted to hospital with a serious leg injury after falling during a cross country run.

The 13-year-old boy slipped and fell down a steep muddy hill during a run with his school at around 2pm on Friday.

He hit a rock during the fall, badly injuring his leg.

The air ambulance was called to help the boy due to the location, which was near a field close to the M6 motorway in Ashton.

The steep climb made it difficult for them to take the boy to the helicopter, so firefighters from Wigan attended.

They used line rescue equipment to get to the boy and take him to safety.

Crew manager Simon Connor said: "We put him on a special stretcher that the air ambulance carry to try to minimise the pain.

"We retrieved him to the top of the hill and to the helicopter.

"He was flown out to Alder Hey Children's Hospital."