Student saved from Castle Rock by firefighters

The woman is hauled to safety on Castle Rock. Picture: Leon McGowran
The woman is hauled to safety on Castle Rock. Picture: Leon McGowran
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IT’S Scotland’s most-visited tourist attraction – but there are easier ways of getting in than scaling the rock.

Firefighters were called out to rescue this student after she got stuck while climbing up from Castle Terrace.

And the authorities in charge of the Castle issued a warning that attempting to climb the rock was “incredibly dangerous”.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said two appliances were despatched to the scene from Tollcross fire station after they received a call from a mobile phone.

A nine-strong rope rescue team managed to reach the woman and hoist her up to the Castle. Police said the woman was uninjured and was not charged, but was given “corrective guidance”.

Last August, two men had to be rescued from Castle Rock by fire crews after becoming stranded on the cliff face.

Specialist line rescue teams armed with ropes and winches retrieved the men, aged around 20 and 50, who were found clinging to the rocks, and pulled them up to the Castle ramparts.

And in April the previous year, two men tried to climb the craggy volcanic outcrop in separate incidents on the same weekend.

Emergency services say having to rescue people from Castle Rock uses up 
valuable resources which could be needed at any moment to respond to accidents where lives are at risk.

A spokesman for Historic Environment Scotland, which manages Edinburgh Castle, said: “Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance at an incident which took place on Edinburgh Castle Rock on Thursday evening, after they were alerted to an individual who had become stuck whilst attempting to climb the rock face. She was safely helped down by emergency 
services.

“Members of the public are reminded that attempting to climb Castle Rock is not permitted and is incredibly dangerous.”

ian.swanson@edinburghnews.com