The RAF Sea King in action at the rescue site on Bleaklow. Photo: Glossop MRT

The RAF Sea King in action at the rescue site on Bleaklow. Photo: Glossop MRT

A walker was airlifted from a Peak District hillside after falling and injuring himself.

Two rescue teams joined the operation to find the 67-year-old man on Bleaklow after initial searches failed to locate him.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 4.40pm on Wednesday to help colleagues from the Woodhead team who were looking for the walker, who had been reported as having fallen somewhere near the Black Cloughs area on the north side of the hill, the second highest in the Peak District.

Peter Jozefczyk of the Glossop team said: “On arrival at the old Woodhead station, the team was met by members of Woodhead team and crew from the air ambulance which had previously flown over the area, but had no joy in locating the reported casualty.

“Because both team teams had limited information where the injured male may be, they had to formulate a search plan of all the cloughs leading up onto the Bleaklow plateau.

“The air ambulance was tasked to sweep over a section of the moor before having to return to its base for fuel was low.

“After some more information the 67-year-old male was located at the top of Shining Clough by one of the Glossop sections. With this information it was decided to request the use of a RAF Sea King, which was able to winch the injured walker and take him to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for treatment for a lower leg injury.”

The search and rescue operation ended at 9.35pm.

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