A woman was seriously injured in the fall on Stanage Edge. Photo: Darren Copley CC-BY-2.0

A woman was seriously injured in the fall on Stanage Edge. Photo: Darren Copley [CC-2.0]

A Peak District mountain rescue team called on colleagues’ help after they received four emergency calls, including a climber with a serious head injury.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was also helped by climbers at the scene of an accident on Stanage Edge where a fallen climber was knocked unconscious.

The team was called out at 1.30pm yesterday, Saturday, when a walker suffered a suspected broken ankle while out on a route below Derwent Edge near Bamford. The hiker slipped while walking down a path and team members treated the casualty at the site.

Edale MRT team leader Ian Bunting said: “While team members were making their way to the incident site another call for assistance was received from a walker on Lose Hill above the village of Hope who had also slipped and sustained an ankle injury.

“Buxton MRT was called to deal with this incident and both casualties were eventually evacuated to the road for transportation to hospital.”

The Edale team received two more calls for help while they were dealing with the walkers.

A climber suffered a suspected broken ankle in a fall on a route on Froggatt Edge near Grindleford and around the same time the rescuers received reports of another climber, on Stanage Edge near Bamford.

The second climber was unconscious and had a serious head injury.

Mr Bunting said: “A section of team members were able to deal with the Froggatt Edge incident with the assistance of an ambulance service crew and local climbers.

“Another section of team members were sent to Stanage along with Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team as this was more serious.

“With the help of two team members from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team who were in the area and local climbers, the casualty was quickly evacuated to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance who flew her to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

He added: “While it is not uncommon for us to deal with multiple incidents in a day or two incidents simultaneously, four callouts in our area within the space of 45 minutes was a first.

“Thanks to the help of colleagues from Buxton MRT and Woodhead MRT along with the local climbing community all four incidents were dealt with quickly.

“While all seven of the Peak District teams have their own prime area of operations, two or more teams work together on a regular basis to deal with incidents when required.”

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