04/29/2014 05:33 pm ET Updated Apr 29, 2014

Woman Trapped In Wells Cathedral Bell Tower After Fall Is Rescued By Helicopters (PHOTOS)

A dangerous scene unfolded high above Somerset's Wells Cathedral today after a 68-year-old woman on a tour fell 30 feet into a space between two walls of the bell tower, reports The BBC.

An RAF Sea King helicopter was dispatched to rescue her, winching her up from a height of 150 feet after a doctor abseiled down to treat her, reports The Wells Journal. She was trapped for three hours and sustained injuries to her wrist and pelvis.

Dr. Paul Richards, the administrator of Wells Cathedral, told the BBC that they would investigate what happened.

A cathedral spokeswoman explained that the woman was part of a 12-person tour in the cathedral's heights. She told The Wells Journal, "No details are yet available as to how the incident occurred but all further High Parts Tours and Cathedral Tower Tours are cancelled until further notice while a review of the incident takes place."

Bystanders and reporters live-tweeted the drama as it happened:

Wells Cathedral wrote in a press statement after the incident, "The Cathedral would like to express concern for the well-being of the lady involved as well as her companions. We would also like to offer our sincere gratitude for the professionalism and quick response of all the emergency services involved as well as our own staff."

The woman is currently being treated at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol for a suspected broken wrist and pelvis, but is expected to make a full recovery.



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