Date of Incident

08/04/2019

Country

Spain

Route

Incident

I was climbing an adjacent route and witnessed the incident. I do not know the climbers involved; I think they were British climbers.The weather was fair, not windy. My instructor assisted in the evacuation by lowering the injured person and called the helicopter, so explained how the incident occurred. The climber, seconding, climbed past a clipped bolt without unclipping, called for slack and continued upwards. The belayer must have kept giving slack and eventually the climber fell a very long way, with two full rotations and hitting the slab several times. Injuries included a broken arm, shoulder injury, puncture wound, not sure what else but was able to stand up.

Lessons

Communication - belayer should question why a call for slack.
Do not assume your second knows what they are doing.
Never pay out loads of slack to a second.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Serious injury requiring medical treatment

Causes

Belaying failure or error, Error by second and belayer

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Spanish emergency helicopter and British instructors in the vicinity who gave first aid, lowered the patient and called 112