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Date of Incident

26/09/2021

Country

England

Route

Incident

We were in a group of 9 climbers of varying experience who were climbing 2 separate climbs with a section of large boulders to decend over on the walking route between the climbs.
While traveling to one of the climbs a child fell while descending down the boulder section. The child was not properly supervised by an adult at the time.
The child fell approximately 2m off a boulder onto the flat area of ground below, landing on their back.
The child was only minorly injured, winded with a minor bruise and graze.
The cause of the incident was several factors:
The age of the child was too young to be taken on the trip, her mother was too inexperience to understand the dangers
The adults were distracted by the climbing and because there were 2 areas of climbing were unaware of who was properly looking after the child.
It was not clear who was leading the climbing and suitable assessment of the participants and control of the activity was not undertaken.

Lessons

Clarity on a trip beforehand; who is leading it, who is capable of coming along.

Activity

Sport rock climbing

When

While walking to climb

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

Slip, trip or fall

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Yes

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

18 February 2022, 16:06:56

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