Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain rescue team were called to the incident in Dalby Forest yesterday.
The rescue team were called by both Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and North Yorkshire Police to reports of a lady on a wheelchair/mobility scooter who had fallen some 20 foot down a steep bank from a forest track below Low Dalby village. Reports from scene suggested she was trapped below the scooter.
After initial assessment and treatment by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and due to the mechanism of injury the team packaged her in a vacuum mattress (full body split) and carried her over Dalby Beck on one of their Bells Stretchers to the waiting Yorkshire Air Ambulance for a flight to definitive medical care.
The mountain rescue team say:
"Once handed over we then returned to the scene of the incident and, in what is probably a first for the team, recovered the mobility scooter back to the track.
We would like to thank the Dalby Forest - Forestry England Forest Rangers who, along with a passing off-duty paramedic, provided initial casualty care, kept the patient warm with their jackets and for helping clear a path through the woods for us. Also thanks to the residents of Low Dalby who raised the initial alarm from their land lines (mobile phone coverage is almost non existent in the area).
We had twelve team members deployed for two and a half hours."