The helicopter approaches as Edale team members treat the injured climber on Dovestone Tor. Photo: Edale MRT

The helicopter approaches as Edale team members treat the injured climber on Dovestone Tor. Photo: Edale MRT

A climber was airlifted to hospital after falling from a Peak District crag.

The man was climbing solo on Dovestone Tor on Derwent Edge when he fell.

Fortunately, rescuers said, he was able to raise the alarm and Edale Mountain Rescue Team was called out to the incident on Saturday evening.

Team spokesman Ed Proudfoot said: “Due to the remote location, suspected injuries and the time, an early decision was made to request the help of the new Coastguard S-92 helicopter.

“When it arrived, team members had treated and packaged the casualty and he was then winched aboard the aircraft for transportation to hospital.”

The team had been in action earlier in the day, with its traditional street collections at Edale and Hathersage, assisted by support group Friends in High Places.

While fundraising, Edale MRT received a call for help from colleagues in the Derby team who were dealing with an incident just south of Chesterfield.

Mr Proudfoot said: “A casualty had been found on a footpath, unable to move. Derby and Edale teams responded along with Helimed 54 [the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance].

“Just as team members arrived at the rendezvous point, we were made aware of another incident, this time in the woods near Linacre Reservoir, to a lady who had fallen and suffered a suspected broken leg.

“Team members again were quickly on scene along with an ambulance crew who had managed to gain access to the casualty. After the lady had been given pain relief, she was splinted and placed on our stretcher and carried to the waiting ambulance. Team members then returned to Edale and Hathersage to continue fundraising.”

The team had a quiet bank holiday Sunday, but was back in action on the Monday.

Mr Proudfoot said: “While fundraising in Bakewell, we were asked to attend an elderly lady who had fallen and banged her head.

“One of our team paramedics treated the lady and liaised with his colleagues at East Midlands Ambulance Service to get her quickly off to hospital in an ambulance.

“The second incident of the day came just as team members were preparing to finish fundraising in Hathersage, and were alerted to an incident just on the outskirts of the village.

“A 15-year-old had unfortunately been involved with a collision with a car. He was treated by team members and given analgesic gas for the pain and kept warm.

“Our team leader, who is also a paramedic, arrived shortly thereafter, along with an EMAS ambulance, police and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. All resources worked together to treat his injuries and package him in the helicopter for transportation to hospital.”

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