Moment British tourist is airlifted to hospital after 40ft Menorca fall

  • Ambulance crew and firefighters could not gain easy access to location
  • Helicopter scrambled, and woman taken to hospital with pelvis injury
  • Fall happened at the bay village of Fornells, popular with climbers 

This is the moment a 51-year-old British woman was airlifted to hospital after plunging 40 feet onto rocks after losing her footing on a hike in Menorca.

The horror incident happened at the bay village of Fornells, a popular tourist spot for walkers and climbers. 

The footage, filmed at the base of the operation, shows the stricken tourist on a stretcher as she is winched up into the helicopter.

A member of the air ambulance crew secure the stricken tourist after she fell 50ft onto rocks

A member of the air ambulance crew secure the stricken tourist after she fell 50ft onto rocks

The paramedic then signals that the woman is ready to be winched up into the emergency helicopter

The paramedic then signals that the woman is ready to be winched up into the emergency helicopter

The helicopter then lifts up the woman, who plunged off rocks at Fornells in Menorca
The helicopter then lifts up the woman, who plunged off rocks at Fornells in Menorca, and right, over the sea on the Balearic island

The helicopter then lifts up the woman, who plunged off rocks at Fornells in Menorca, and right, over the sea on the Balearic island

She is firstly secured onto the stretcher by paramedics, before the sign is given to lift her up into the emergency aircraft.

Due to where she had fallen, ambulance and firefighters could not reach the injured tourist, and so the air ambulance was scrambled from Majorca. 

She was taken by helicopter to Mateu Orfila Hospital with a fractured pelvis and injuries to three vertebrae, reports Mallorca.info.

It is believed she was walking on rocks with her partner when she lost her footing and tumbled down to an area of rocks difficult to access.

Emergency services took the decision to try and reach the Briton by boat, but it soon became apparent an air ambulance was required. 

It is believed she was walking on rocks with her partner when she lost her footing and tumbled down to an area of rocks difficult to access

It is believed she was walking on rocks with her partner when she lost her footing and tumbled down to an area of rocks difficult to access

After it proved too difficult for ground emergency services to get to the woman, the air ambulance was called

After it proved too difficult for ground emergency services to get to the woman, the air ambulance was called

Photos of the rescue operation were shared on Twitter by the Balearic Islands emergency services. 

As well as hiking, catamaran excursions, kayaking and windsurfing are all popular activities offered around the bay of Fornells. 

About three million British holidaymakers flock to the Balearics, for sun, sand and adventure every year.

Other hikers at the site near to the bay village of Fornells moved to where the woman had fallen to help guide the air ambulance

Other hikers at the site near to the bay village of Fornells moved to where the woman had fallen to help guide the air ambulance

The 51-year-old was taken by the helicopter to Mateu Orfila Hospital to be treated for her injuries

The 51-year-old was taken by the helicopter to Mateu Orfila Hospital to be treated for her injuries

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