A man has been taken to Scarborough Hospital for emergency treatment after he was swept into raging flood waters when a foot bridge collapsed.
Two men suffered head injuries as a result of the incident at High Askew on the edge of The North York Moors at around 3pm today.
Emergency services raced to the scene to rescue the pair from the water.
A 65-year-old man from Sutton near York was taken by the Great North Air Ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Another 55-year-old man who was less seriously injured was taken by land ambulance to Scarborough Hospital.
They are believed to be part of a shooting party who were crossing a bridge on private land when it collapsed, sending them falling into the river below.
A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance said the 65 year-old-man was taken to hospital with head injuries and a broken arm but was conscious on arrival.
He added: “We were called at around 3.20pm to reports of two people who we believe were from a shooting party who had fallen from a bridge - which had
collapsed - and into the water below.
“When we arrived the patients - who had both received head injuries - had been retrieved from the water.
“A 65-year-old man from Sutton near York was ready to go to hospital so we airlifted him to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. We had doctors and paramedics on board who treated him while in the air.”
An eyewitness described both men as “walking wounded.”
By 4.50pm the search of the area had been stopped and only one police car remained at the scene.
A spokeswoman from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service said: “Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a clinical supervisor from Yorkshire Ambulance Service and two air ambulances from Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Great North Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.
“One male patient has been airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and one male patient in his 50s has been transported by road ambulance to Scarborough Hospital.”