Edale Mountain Rescue Team in action on Kinder Scout. Photo: Edale MRT

Edale Mountain Rescue Team in action on Kinder Scout. Photo: Edale MRT

A Peak District mountain rescue team has bucked its normal trend, with its busiest November for four years.

The normally uneventful month has been turned around for Edale Mountain Rescue Team, which has dealt with 11 incidents so far, from tipsy hillgoers to reports of mysterious abandoned clothing.

The previous busiest November four years ago saw the team called out a dozen times, though that record could be equalled in the next two days.

A team spokesperson said: “During this month, we’ve rescued five walkers with a range of lower leg injuries from the riverside near Grindleford; the Pennine Way near Edale; the Upper Derwent Valley; Grindsbrook on Kinder, and Offerton Moor near Abney.

“Two groups of walkers lost in poor visibility on Kinder were located and escorted down to safety on the same day shortly after darkness fell. A search of the Burbage Valley was conducted after reports of a dog and abandoned clothing being found by walkers. Nothing was found.

“Another search, this time for a vulnerable female, took place on the moors between Ringinglow and Hathersage. She was eventually found safe near the Longshaw Estate.

“Late on a Saturday afternoon, a gentleman who was suffering from a little too much to drink was assisted off the hill from just below Hollins Cross near Castleton and handed over to the police and ambulance service.

“Finally, two doctors and a paramedic from Edale team were called to assist Buxton MRT with two seriously injured climbers who had fallen and ended up on a ledge at Castle Naze near Dove Holes.

“One climber was winched into an RAF Sea King and flown to hospital at Stoke, escorted by two of our team medics.

“The second casualty was taken by ambulance to Stepping Hill Hospital [in Stockport].”

The team said November is often a quiet month with typically just a handful of incidents. “2012 has certainly proved the exception to that rule,” the spokesperson said.

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