Wells Cathedral fall: Woman rescued from between two turrets 200ft above ground

Woman fell through a void inside the bell tower

Emergency teams have rescued a woman who became trapped between two walls 60 metres above the ground after falling through a void inside the Wells Cathedral in Somerset.

Devon Fire and Rescue Service [DFRS] confirmed emergency services were called to the cathedral at 12.08pm where the woman, aged in her 60s, is believed to have fallen and become trapped between two walls in the tower.

Specialist emergency crews including paramedics, a doctor and an RAF helicopter were in attendance at the scene.

DFRS told The Independent a rope system had been used to lift the woman onto the tower roof, where she was rescued by helicopter.

The woman is said to be in a state of shock and has reportedly injured her hip, arm and leg, but none of her injuries are believed to be life threatening.

A spokesperson for Wells Cathedral said the incident occurred during a High Parts Tour of the cathedral.

"The emergency services did a fantastic job," he said. "She fell inside the cathedral but they took her out through the top of the roof."

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said the woman was trapped in a void between two walls inside the bell tower.

She was given pain relief and its hazardous area response team worked with the fire crews to winch her up to a platform for assessment.

Wells Cathedral later confirmed in a statement that the woman fell during the tour.

The statement said: "A group of 12 adults were undertaking the final stage of a standard Cathedral high parts tour. While the group was undertaking a briefing within this space, an incident occurred to one of the party members.

"The cathedral's emergency procedure was immediately put into operation.

"No details are yet available as to how the incident occurred but all further high parts tours and cathedral tower tours are cancelled until further notice while a review of the incident takes place."

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