Teenager gets swept from a 30ft waterfall

This is the horrifying moment a teenager was pushed from a 30ft waterfall by a sudden gush of water - miraculously escaping with just a broken wrist.

The harrowing footage shows 17-year-old Harry Weatherhead's legs kicking frantically as he topples from the top, spiralling head over heels onto dangerous rocks below.The keen rugby player was visiting the Crammel Lin waterfall and beauty spot in Gisland, Northumberland, with friends to cool off in the heatwave.

Unbeknown to the music production student, the remote waterfall is known for cascading in sudden pulses of power. Harry had already jumped from a lower part of the waterfall, but when he climbed to the top he slipped in a torrent of water.

His friends feared the worst when he told them he could not move. What followed was a mammoth operation by two mountain rescue teams.

It took 18 team members four hours to rescue Harry from the difficult terrain that wasn't accessible by road, and get him to hospital.The North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team arrived along with a paramedic and helped to stabilise the teenager.

Superintendent Andrew Huddleston, from Northumbria Police, praised the work of mountain rescue and asked the public to remain vigilant about water safety. He said: "The Mountain Rescue volunteers do a fantastic job and we can't thank them enough.

"At this time of year we also do a lot of work with the fire and rescue service about water safety as these kind of incidents do sadly happen.

"We need both young people and adults to listen to our advice and remain vigilant around water.""We wish and hope the young man makes a full recovery."

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