Tayside and Central Scotland

Teenager airlifted from Wallace Monument near Stirling

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Media captionAn RAF rescue crew airlifted the teenager from the top of the monument

A teenager has been airlifted by helicopter from the top of the Wallace Monument near Stirling after dislocating his knee.

It is understood he was just four steps from the top when the injury occurred.

However, he was unable to get back down the stairs due to restricted access.

A RAF rescue helicopter was called to the scene at about 13:15. The 17-year-old was winched to safety and taken to an ambulance waiting on the ground at about 15:09.

The tower in Stirling commemorates the life of William Wallace. It has 246 steps.

It was closed during the rescue but was due to reopen on Monday.

A statement from management said: "Shortly after mid-day today a visitor to the monument sustained a knee injury. In view of the nature of the injury, the medical services who were in attendance decided to co-ordinate with rescue services and evacuate the visitor from the crown of the monument by helicopter.

"The visitor was safely removed from the monument, and transferred to an ambulance. The monument will reopen to visitors as normal tomorrow morning at 10:00am."

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