A search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor and three fire crews were scrambled to a property in Bideford on Saturday morning.
The alarm was raised after a man, who is thought to be from Hartland, started suffering from chronic back pain while carrying out work on the roof of the two-storey property in Higher Gunstone at around 10.20am.
Fire crews from Bideford and Hartland, as well as the specialist rescue team from Barnstaple, rushed to the scene after reports suggested the man was stuck and unable to move.
The search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor was scrambled to the incident and hovered above the property as crews were planning to winch the man from the roof.
However, as the man’s condition was not deemed critical and due to fear of damaging the surrounding properties from the downwash of the helicopter, the crew were forced to land in a nearby playing field.
An ambulance already at the scene drove to the playing field to collect the winchman from the Chivenor helicopter and took him to the property.
The injured man was rescued by firefighters and the Chivenor winchman who managed to get him down from the roof using a line and stretcher.
He was then taken to North Devon District Hospital by land ambulance.
In the meantime, the Chivenor helicopter flew back to base to defuel to make the aircraft lighter before returning to the playing field to collect the winchman.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue group commander Neil Blackburn said the crews took an hour and half to get the man down from the roof.
He said: “As the situation was not life threatening we could use our slower method instead of the risking damaging properties from the helicopter.”