Dramatic late night ravine rescue

A 27-year-old woman was taken to hospital after she fell down a woodland ravine, sparking a dramatic rescue.

The woman had been camping with friends in Darvell Down, Netherfield, when she fell into a 30ft ravine at around 10.30pm, last Friday night.

She managed to crawl back out to the camp site, but emergency services were called as the woman had hurt her ankle and injured her back.

Firefighters from Battle and Bexhill, trained in rope rescue, with back up from a crew from Broad Oak, created a cable way, similar to a zip wire, across the ravine.

A stretcher was attached and the injured woman was pulled back across the ravine and carried 150 yards over bumpy terrain in the dark to a waiting ambulance.

She was taken to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings with suspected spinal injuries.

The rescue operation took around and hour-and-a-half.

It was a busy weekend for Battle's Rope Rescue Team, who were called out again on Saturday.

The team went to Lewes following reports that someone had fallen into a chalk pit.