The man injured his leg in Royd Edge Clough. Photo: Martin Clark CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man injured his leg in Royd Edge Clough. Photo: Martin Clark CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker was stretchered from a path after slipping and breaking his leg while walking in the South Pennines.

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team was called out by ambulance staff who were having difficulty dealing with the incident in Royd Edge Clough near Meltham in West Yorkshire.

A team spokesperson said the injured man was in a location that was difficult to access, and the volunteers responded shortly after 10am after the man suffered a suspected broken leg after slipping on thick mud.

The spokesperson said: “Ambulance crews were called to the scene, where they treated the man and administered analgesia but the muddy incline presented them with difficulties in getting the casualty to their ambulance.

“The man was loaded onto a mountain rescue stretcher and carried a short distance by members of HVMRT before being taken to hospital for assessment.”

The following day, the team successfully mounted a search for an elderly man reported missing from his home.

The call was put out to the team at 6.15pm, as light faded following a search by a police helicopter.

The mountain rescue team searched an area of woodland near Meltham and found the man safe and well.

He was led back to the road from where the police could reunite him with his family.

The team spokesperson said “This was a great result – a really quick find from the first party we sent out.

“We frequently get asked to search areas such as this. Woodland can present difficulties for the police helicopters, whereas we can get enough people on the ground to conduct a thorough search.

“In this case, the gentleman was located almost straight away, and we were able to reunite him with his family.

“It was just over an hour between our being mobilised and locating the gentleman safe and well.”

A benefit concert featuring folk-rockers Oysterband will be taking place this Friday evening, 29 November, at Holmfirth Picturedrome, to help the team’s appeal to buy its new base at the former Marsden fire station. Tickets are priced at £15 and are available from the Picturedrome website.

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