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Boy: How I survived Helvellyn mountain fall

Smiling again: Nine-year-old Marwaan Rajakazee is recovering after falling 160ft off a mountain

Smiling again: Nine-year-old Marwaan Rajakazee is recovering after falling 160ft off a mountain

A nine-year-old boy has today relived the terrifying moment he fell 160ft off the side of England’s third highest mountain.

A nine-year-old boy has today relived the terrifying moment he fell 160ft off the side of England’s third highest mountain.

Adventure-seeking Marwaan Rajakazee, of Meadow Street, Preston, was climbing Helvellyn in the Lake District with dad Imtiaz when he slipped on a steep slope covered in ice.

He tumbled down the side, hitting boulders, before eventually landing on a ledge. Mountain rescue crews scrambled to his aid and an RAF Sea King helicopter was called.

But, in what has been described as a ‘miracle’, Marwaan amazed doctors by walking away with just a bumped head and a bruised leg.

Now resting at home, the Deepdale Junior School pupil joked he would not go walking with his dad again until he was 36.

His dad Imtiaz said: “I’m a bit of an outdoor person and I don’t want my children sitting around watching television all the time so I do take them places. We tend to do a 
winter’s walk in February because the day is a bit longer by then.

“We did the same thing last year. We got to the summit and the last 500ft was very snowy and icy.

“We were coming back down and there was a little bit left and we thought we would slide down. He put his bottom down and just took off. Before I knew it he was sliding down the mountain.

“He was like a rag doll tumbling down. I thought I had lost him. I can’t even describe the feeling.”

Imtiaz, of Grimshaw Street, raced after his son and was soon by his side.

He said: “He turned around and said ‘I’m alive’. I couldn’t believe it. When you see something as terrifying as I saw...he was tumbling over rocks. You don’t expect someone to survive that.

“The next thing I knew there was 12 paramedics and an RAF helicopter by us. It was so surreal.”

Marwaan was flown with his dad to Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with suspected pelvic and head injuries, but he was released the following day with just minor bruising.

Imtiaz said: “It was just an unfortunate accident. In hindsight I should have been more careful.

“I just kind of misjudged the degree of the slope.

“Marwaan has had quite a few accidents. In Turkey a quad bike toppled over on top of him and one time he was holding a conker and I was drilling a hole in it and the drill went straight through his finger. He is like a cat with nine lives. He’s running out now though! I have broken my collar bone once when I was ghyll scrambling, so I have had a lucky escape too.

“When you live dangerously these things happen.”

The incident happened two weeks ago.

Marwaan said: “I slipped and then there was rocks at the bottom and I crashed into them.

“I’ve only got bruises. They put me on a stretcher and they tied me to something and lifted me up into the helicopter.

“I couldn’t see anything because they put a thing on my neck that kept me in one position.

“I wasn’t too scared. The hospital was really good. I’ll go back walking with my dad when I’m 36.”

 

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