The man fell from a cliff on High Tor overlooking Matlock Bath. Photo: Stephen Henley CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man fell from a cliff on High Tor overlooking Matlock Bath. Photo: Stephen Henley CC-BY-SA-2.0

A man suffered serious injuries after falling 100ft at a Peak District crag.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was diverted from its fundraising activities about 11.30am on Monday after reports the man had fallen from High Tor, overlooking Matlock Bath.

A team spokesperson said: “It’s not normally our area, but our colleagues in Derby MRT were fundraising themselves in Dovedale and we were quite a bit closer.

“Derby team members arrived in force shortly after us. A 22-year-old man had fallen 25m to 30m and suffered spinal, chest and pelvic injuries as well as breaking both legs.

“Our colleagues from Helimed 54, an East Midlands Ambulance Service crew and a British Association for Immediate Care doctor also attended. The casualty also had the good fortune to be found by an A&E doctor on her way to go climbing.

“Edale team members were first on scene and treated the man for his serious injuries. Both mountain rescue teams used a rope system to recover him to a narrow footpath before he was winched into a Coastguard search and rescue helicopter and flown to the major trauma centre in Nottingham.”

The callout was the first in a busy day for the Edale team, as they were alerted at 2.10pm to a mountain biker who had taken a tumble near Redmires Reservoirs near Stanage Edge. Team members were put on standby by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service but, when the paramedic arrived at the scene, it became clear the mountain rescuers were not needed and they stood down.

Shortly after that, the team was called out to another mountain biker, who had crashed on Jacob’s Ladder on Kinder Scout and broken his collar bone.

Team members who were fundraising in Edale village made their way to the scene and gave the rider pain relief before they and colleagues from the Buxton team stretchered him to a waiting ambulance.

The final call of the day came about 4.30pm as the team was nearing the conclusion of its previous incident. A five-year-old boy fell on Back Tor, resulting in head injuries.

An Edale MRT spokesperson said: “Edale and Buxton team responded and team members quickly located the young lad with his parents on the ridge near Back Tor.

“The youngster had had a reduced level of consciousness after the accident so support from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was requested. With his injuries not quite as bad as was first feared, he and his mum were flown off the hill to meet an EMAS ambulance before being taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.”

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