Rescuers stretcher the injured walker to the helicopter on Mam Tor. Photo: Edale MRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker to the helicopter on Mam Tor. Photo: Edale MRT

Rescuers braved approaching lightning storms after a woman broke her ankle while walking in the Peak District.

Edale and Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams were called out about 5pm today to Mam Tor where the walker had slipped on steep, wet muddy grass.

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance also flew to the scene and landed on the summit of the hill. Members of the rescue teams worked with the helicopter’s crew to treat the woman for a fracture dislocation of her ankle and she was then placed in a stretcher.

An Edale MRT spokesperson said: “She was carried to the waiting helicopter on top of Mam Tor, and flown directly to the major trauma centre at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

“Of note on this incident was the rapidly changing weather: from bright sunshine to torrential rain in a matter of minutes. There were also lightning strikes on surrounding hills while this rescue was underway.”

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