Rescuers stretcher the injured walker from the hillside. Photo: Edale MRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker from the hillside. Photo: Edale MRT

A Peak District walker was stretchered to an ambulance after injuring himself when he slipped on a hillside.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Saturday when the man suffered a suspected broken ankle while walking above Beeley, near Chatsworth.

The team sent three of its vehicles and 11 members about 3pm to the site on a footpath above the village. The man was with his family when the slip occurred.

Ed Proudfoot of the team said: “With team members quickly on scene, the gentleman was kept warm and dry in the wintry conditions using a shelter tent and team equipment.”

An ambulance paramedic gave the walker pain relief and mountain rescuers splinted the leg before stretchering the man, in a heavyweight casualty bag, to the waiting ambulance.

Mr Proudfoot said: “With the gentleman on his way to hospital, and his family safely back off the hill to accompany him, team members then made their way back to base to spend several hours cleaning and drying the equipment used, in readiness for our next callout.”

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