A rescuer with the climber at the scene. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

A rescuer with the climber at the scene. Photo: Calder Valley SRT

A climber had to be rescued after getting stuck on a Pennine crag.

A police helicopter was used to fly a rescue team member to the site on Blackstone Edge so the cragfast man could be quickly secured.

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team was alerted by Greater Manchester Police when the climber was reported stuck on the rocks, east of Littleborough.

The team had two of its rescue vehicles mobile within nine minutes. Spokesman Tim Ingram said: “Due to the remote location of the hapless climber, a CVSRT member was airlifted with rescue equipment, direct to the scene by the National Police Air Service.

“The climber was then quickly attached to a safety line until full team support arrived.

“Once on scene, team members effected a single-man rope rescue and proceeded to lower the relieved climber down the crag face to terra firma. He then gratefully thanked the team for their assistance and made his way off the moors, safe and well.”

The three-hour rescue involved 22 volunteer members of the Calder Valley team.

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