13 Year Old Boy Rescued From Gorge

A 13-year-old boy has been rescued by firefighters after falling 20ft down a gorge.

The teenager was said to be climbing a pipe spanning the gorge when he lost his grip near Colin Burn off Baird Road, Armadale, West Lothian, around 5.50pm today.

A friend raised the alarm and firefighters managed to remove him on a stretcher from the gorge about an hour and a half after the fall.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he is being treated for minor injuries.

Sergeant Andrew Meikle said: ``An extensive rescue operation, led by the fire service, was carried out today at Colin Burn in Armadale following a report of concern for a 13-year-old boy.

''Rescuers successfully reached the youngster before moving him to safety.

''He has since been transferred by ambulance to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for his injuries.''

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