Stanage Edge, the popular climbing venue and scene of many rescue callouts. Photo: Darren Copley CC-BY-2.0

Stanage Edge, the popular climbing venue and scene of many rescue callouts. Photo: Darren Copley [CC-2.0]

Would-be mountain rescuers got a taste of real action during a busy weekend in the Peak District.

Three potential new recruits to Edale Mountain Rescue Team were able to see the team’s activities at first hand after undergoing their assessment day on Sunday. The rookies joined the rescue team as it made its way to a woman who had a head injury after falling near Black Tor on Derwent Edge.

She was airlifted by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to hospital in Sheffield after being cared for by a passing Duke of Edinburgh’s Award team.

The Edale team was then called to a climber who had fallen on Stanage Edge, a favourite callout location. The 26-year-old climber had a suspected dislocated shoulder and chest injuries. The rescuers treated the man before carrying him to a waiting ambulance. The Edale MRT doctor went with the climber to hospital because of the serious nature of his injuries.

Earlier in the week, Edale MRT members joined colleagues from Buxton, Kinder and Glossop teams in a major search of Kinder Scout for two missing walkers. The pair had become benighted on the summit plateau without torches. Five Search and Rescue Dogs Association handlers also joined the hunt with their animals. Information suggested the pair were on the northern side of Kinder but they were finally found 6km away in Jaggers Clough, overlooking Ladybower Reservoir.

A 48-year-old woman from Sheffield was also treated on Tuesday after falling near Speedwell Cavern outside Castleton. She was airlifted by helicopter to hospital.

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