Firefighters rescue boy, 13, in Armadale gorge fall

Firefighters managed to remove the boy from the gorge by stretcher. Picture: John Devlin
Firefighters managed to remove the boy from the gorge by stretcher. Picture: John Devlin
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A 13-YEAR-OLD boy has been rescued by firefighters after falling 20ft down a gorge.

The teenager was said to be climbing a pipe spanning the gorge when he lost his grip near Colin Burn off Baird Road, Armadale, West Lothian, around 5.50pm on Saturday.

A friend raised the alarm and firefighters managed to remove him on a stretcher from the gorge about an hour and a half after the fall.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he is being treated for minor injuries.

Sergeant Andrew Meikle said: “An extensive rescue operation, led by the fire service, was carried out today at Colin Burn in Armadale following a report of concern for a 13-year-old boy.

“Rescuers successfully reached the youngster before moving him to safety.

“He has since been transferred by ambulance to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for his injuries.”