Air Rescue At Wallace Monument
16 March 2015, 06:34
A teenager has been airlifted from the top of the Wallace Monument after dislocating his knee while walking up the steps inside the tower.
He is understood to have been only four from the top of the 246-step walk when he sustained the injury.
An RAF rescue helicopter was alerted and the man was winched to an ambulance waiting on the ground at about 15.10pm today.
A video posted on social media shows the rescue helicopter hovering over the top of the monument as the teenager is lifted aboard.
The tower in Stirling commemorates the life of William Wallace and overlooks the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297 when Wallace led a Scottish victory over the English army.
It was closed during the rescue and will reopen tomorrow.
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 re-open to visitors as normal tomorrow morning at 10:00am.''