Rescuers and the RAF Sea King at the Blackden Brook rescue. Photo: Edale MRT

Rescuers and the RAF Sea King at the Blackden Brook rescue. Photo: Edale MRT

A woman on a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition suffered a serious injury after falling on the Peak District’s highest hill.

The 18-year-old fell down the steep-sided Blackden Brook, on the northern edge of Kinder Scout, injuring her back and coming to rest in a stream.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Sunday and asked for help from the Edale team when the seriousness of her injuries became apparent.

Another member of the DofE team walked down the hillside to get a mobile signal and call for help.

Martin Gorman of Edale MRT said: “The young lady had sustained a serious spinal injury during the fall and was treated on scene by a paramedic and doctor from Edale team.

“The remote location and the serious nature of her injuries meant that an RAF Sea King helicopter was called in to winch her directly from the scene and fly her to hospital in Sheffield.”

The rescue capped a busy period for the team, which saw them rescue a runner practising for a fundraising event for the Edale rescuers.

Mr Gorman said: “A fellrunner had injured his ankle while running near Burbage Bridge.

“The injured man was actually training to take part in the Nine Edges event in September which is held to raise money for the team.

“While team members were treating the runner and evacuating him to the road, we were called to assist a lady who had experienced a recurrence of a back problem while walking near Wheelstones on Derwent Edge.

“We called on the help of our neighbours from Glossop MRT to assist with carrying the lady down to the road, an evacuation which took just over two hours.”

The Edale team also chalked up its 50th rescue of the year with a rescue of a sheep that had got stuck on crags at Burbage Edge South, near Hathersage.

The scene at the Blackden Brook rescue. Photo: Edale MRT

The scene at the Blackden Brook rescue. Photo: Edale MRT

Mr Gorman said: “A couple of team members managed to release the sheep which had become wedged in a crack.”

On Saturday the team was called to a climber who collapsed while on Stanage Edge. The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance also flew to the scene.

Mr Gorman added: “The serious nature of the climber’s condition meant that he was anaesthetised at the scene by the helicopter crew and a team doctor, before being flown to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.”

He said the team were helped by members of Scarborough and Ryedale MRT who were climbing nearby.

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