A TEENAGER taking advantage of the snowfall at a Wigan beauty spot triggered a major rescue operation.
The 13-year-old girl was snowboarding down the steep man-made sides of a former quarry under Parbold Hill on Saturday afternoon, when she collided with barbed wire fencing, leaving her drifting in and out of consciousness with suspected serious head and back injuries.
A member of the public who had witnessed the accident, clambered up the sides of the hill, intending to raise the alarm at the Miller and Carter restaurant – the former Wiggin Tree – overlooking the hill. As he reached the top of the hill, he found a police patrol approaching and flagged that down instead.
Officers scrambled down to the scene near the bottom of the hill and, realising that she may have sustained spinal injuries and because of her location, summoned the Lancashire Air Ambulance, which landed nearby. With light fading in the late afternoon, they set up floodlights before the schoolgirl was moved on to a spinal injury board and airlifted to a waiting emergency team at the Royal Preston Hospital.
The youngster, who had travelled to Parbold Hill from her home in Merseyside, has not been named and she was admitted to hospital where her condition was described as poorly.
Mainsprint, who own the site remain anxious to prevent unauthorised access and there are warning signs all around, it along with fencing. However the site remains a playground for teenagers, particularly those from outside the area who are unaware of the dangers.