Investigation launched after boy 'severely' injured at Dartmoor attraction

Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team - Ashburton were called to Becky Falls near Bovey Tracey where a five-year-old child was severely injured
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An investigation has been launched following an incident at a Dartmoor tourist spot over the weekend, which left a five year old child with "severe" injuries.

Emergency services were alerted to an incident involving a young child at Becky Falls, a popular woodland attraction near Bovey Tracey, just after midday on Sunday (May 26). Two ambulances, an air ambulance and search and rescue teams were sent to the scene.

Dartmoor Search and Rescue confirmed that they had 17 volunteers responding to the incident and were stood down approximately an hour later. The injured child was airlifted to hospital in Bristol, reports DevonLive.

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In a Facebook post, Dartmoor Search and Rescue Ashburton said: "The team were contacted by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) at 12:24pm to provide assistance with a severely injured 5 year old child at Becky Falls tourist attraction near Bovey Tracey.

"One of our team doctors was nearby and made his way directly to the location. Initial team members arriving at the location also offered assistance to the paramedics on site. The casualty was transferred by air ambulance to hospital in Bristol. 17 of our volunteers were involved and the team were stood down at 1:20pm."

A spokesperson for SWASFT said: "We were called at 12:10hrs on Sunday 26 May to an incident near Manaton. We sent two double-crewed land ambulances, a hazardous area response team, an operations officer, a first responder and an air ambulance to the scene and conveyed one patient by air ambulance to hospital."

As of yesterday afternoon (May 30), Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the child was still in hospital and that an investigation would be carried out by the local authority and the nature of the incident remains unclear.

The owners of Becky Falls, which is a family-run business, has confirmed they are co-operating with the investigation. They said they were unsure of the circumstances of the incident.

A spokesperson for Becky Falls said: "We are aware that a young boy suffered injuries whilst visiting Becky Falls on Sunday, although the circumstances of the incident are not entirely clear to us at this time. The thoughts of everybody here at Becky Falls is with the young boy and his family.

"The authorities are looking into the cause of the accident and we are, of course, co-operating fully with their investigation."