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  • 29 April 2014, 21:54

Woman Trapped After 20ft Fall At Cathedral

A woman became wedged between two turrets after falling around 20ft during a tour of Wells Cathedral.

The 68-year-old was inside the tower when she fell and became trapped in a void between two walls 150ft up inside the bell tower, according to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service.

She suffered suspected broken wrists, a broken pelvis and abdominal injuries.

A rescue operation to free the woman was launched by firefighters. Paramedics, a doctor and an RAF helicopter also joined the effort.

The victim was given pain relief and then winched up to a stable platform at the cathedral in Somerset.

From there she was lifted to a safe area within the tower and then winched on board an RAF Sea King helicopter which took her toFrenchay Hospital in Bristol.

Dr Paul Richards, from Wells Cathedral, told Sky News: "It occurred in one of our regular, what we call 'high part' tours, where a group of no more than a dozen go and see some of the more hidden places of the cathedral.

"You go up inside the cathedral, we would go up through a number of spiral staircases, and reach some of the roof spaces.

"I think there was an unfortunate point, I don't know exactly how it happened, but she slipped through some gaps that meant she fell down to a floor level slightly below."

All tours at the cathedral have been cancelled.

A police statement said: "The womanwas wedged between two turrets and suffered arm and pelvic injuries. An RAF helicopter assisted in the operation."

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said appliances from Wells, Shepton Mallet, Bridgwater and Street attended the incident.