A climber is recovering in hospital after a 40-foot fall at a popular mountaineering haunt in Lancashire.

Mountain rescue experts were called after the 50-year-old, who has not been named, plunged to the floor of Lester Mill Quarry, Anglezarke.

Fellow climbers are believed to have called the emergency services at around 6.20pm on Monday.

The man had suffered a back injury and ambulance crews required the assistance of the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team to safely transfer him to a waiting ambulance.

Team leader Andy Birstead, from the Dunsop Bridge based outfit, said: “He was found unconscious at the bottom after falling approximately 40 feet. It was reported to the ambulance service who alerted us and we sent down three vehicles and around 20 volunteers to assist.”

Paramedics and mountain rescue volunteers worked to stabilise the casualty, using a specialist stretcher and full body vacuum splint, and transport him to a nearby ambulance.

Mr Birstead said the volunteers were ‘stood down’ at around 7.50pm.

A Northwest Ambulance Services spokesman said the man was taken to Chorley Hospital for a back injury assessment.