Edale rescuers at the scene at Birchen Edge. Photo: Edale MRT

Edale rescuers at the scene at Birchen Edge. Photo: Edale MRT

Two climbers suffered head injuries in separate falls at Peak District crags on the same day.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Sunday to aid the two, a young woman from Birmingham and a young man from Loughborough.

The woman fell while leading a route on Birchens Edge near Baslow. The Edale team was called out about 2.35pm after a 999 call was made.

An Edale MRT spokesperson said: “She was initially unconscious, so team resources were rapidly deployed with local team members attending to her within 20 minutes of the callout going out.

“She was immobilised in a vacuum mattress for potential spinal injuries and evacuated to the top of the crag and the waiting Yorkshire air ambulance, for onward transport to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.”

Less than five hours later, the team’s volunteers were alerted to the second climber’s plight at Curbar Edge.

He fell while leading the Peapod route, and hit the ground, suffering what rescuers called a ‘significant’ head injury.

The team spokesperson said: “Despite his condition he managed to walk towards the road with his climbing partner supporting him.

“The team assisted him the final half mile to the road where he was handed over to the ambulance service.”

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