A HORSE rider has been airlifted to hospital after a fall in Cleobury Mortimer.

The incident happened at about 11.30am yesterday in a field near to the Severn Trent Water Works in Common Lane.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) initially sent a rapid response vehicle but the paramedic requested an air ambulance after starting to treat the patient at the scene.

A WMAS spokesman said: “We received reports of a man in his 60s who had fallen from a horse. When the paramedic arrived they discovered the man sitting in a puddle in a muddy field. It appeared that he had landed on his head as his helmet had a dent in it.

“The man was immobilised as the initial patient survey suggested a potential back injury. Given the weather and the fact he was wet, cold also became an issue and he was given a heat blanket. After treatment at the scene he was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford.

“This is the third time the man has been airlifted to hospital after incidents involving a horse.”