An 18-year-old man has been hospitalised after he was impaled in the buttocks by a piece of wood after a sledging trip went horrendously wrong.

The horrific incident occurred on Friday, January 8, at Afton Reservoir in New Cumnock - a spot which is becoming increasingly popular for skating and sledging activities following the recent spell of icy weather.

The man was rescued by air ambulance and taken to Crosshouse Hospital where he received treatment.

His condition is thus far unknown but pictures circulating on social media reveal the gruesome extent of his injuries - with a piece of splintered wood seen to be lodged in his left buttock. 

Cumnock Chronicle:

A spokesperson for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “A call was received at 4.46pm on January 8, 2021 and an ambulance, a trauma team and an air ambulance were sent to the scene.

"The patient was transported to Crosshouse Hospital A&E.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Around 4.55pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 police were called after a 18-year-old man was injured after striking a wooden object buried under the snow whilst sledging on Afton Reservoir, New Cumnock.

"He was taken by ambulance to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock for treatment."

Last week, a helicopter was called out to Afton Dam to rescue a fall victim but could not enter due to the high volume of cars parked in the area.

This latest incident sparks further concerns over the amount of visitors flocking to the scenic spot amid renewed lockdown restrictions.