Bleaklow, scene of two rescues on Saturday

Bleaklow, scene of two rescues on Saturday

Three teams took part in the rescue of injured and lost walkers on the Peak District’s second highest hill in two separate incidents.

Glossop Mountain Rescue Team was alerted while providing cover for The Montane Spine Race on Saturday.

The team was alerted about 3.15pm to reports a 51-year-old man from Staffordshire had fallen and injured himself while crossing the water at the bottom of White Clough on Bleaklow.

The Glossop team requested help from both Edale and Buxton MRTs as it sent members to the location both from Snake Summit and Mossy Lea Farm.

The man was treated for a suspected broken arm and shoulder by Buxton team members. A Glossop MRT spokesperson said: “Although the air ambulance was deployed it was unable to land due to fading light, so the male casualty was carried by stretcher to the waiting ambulance at Mossy Lee Farm.”

As the rescue was ending, the team was alerted about 6pm to two walkers from Birmingham who had got lost while visiting the site of an aircraft crash on Alport Moor on the south-eastern slopes of Bleaklow.

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker across a Shelf Brook. Photo: Glossop MRT

Rescuers stretcher the injured walker across a Shelf Brook. Photo: Glossop MRT

Members of the Glossop team made their way on to the hill from Snake Summit via Grains, while Edale MRT members took to Nether North Grain. Rescuers used the Sarloc smartphone system to pinpoint the lost walkers’ location and they were found near Miry Clough.

The pair were treated at the site for the effects of the cold and driving rain before being walked back to Snake Summit for a debrief.

The rescue ended about 9.20pm

  • Glossop team member Tim Budd clinched victory in the inaugural Montane Mountain Rescue Challenge with a time of 32hrs 10mins while Edale MRT runner Joe Farnell is in second place in the race.

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