The climber fell 30ft from Stanage Edge. Photo: Darren Copley CC-BY-2.0

The climber fell 30ft from Stanage Edge. Photo: Darren Copley [CC-2.0]

A climber was airlifted from a popular climbing crag after suffering serious injuries in a fall.

The 21-year-old fell about 9m (30ft) from a route on Stanage Edge in the Peak District today.

Edale and Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams were alerted shortly after midday today and went to the man’s aid.

A spokesperson for Edale MRT said: “Although he was wearing a helmet he still sustained serious facial injuries as well as a suspected fractured arm.

“A paramedic from Edale team was quickly on scene and began treating the climber’s injuries before being assisted by the crew of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.”

The climber was immobilised and then stretchered by rescuers down from the crag to the helicopter’s landing site. He was then airlifted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for further treatment.

During the incident, the Edale team’s help was requested for a man who had collapsed in Cressbrook Dale near Litton.

The Edale spokesperson said: “Team members were diverted from Stanage to Cressbrook where the gentleman was being treated by ambulance service paramedics and the crew of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

“He was evacuated by a combination of stretcher and Land Rover back to the ambulance at Wardlow Mires.”

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