The walker fell at Kinder Downfall. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The walker fell at Kinder Downfall. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A walker has died after falling 50ft on the Peak District’s highest hill.

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team was alerted late on Easter Monday afternoon to reports that a woman had fallen from Kinder Downfall.

A second walker who went to the fallen 29-year-old’s aid had to be rescued after getting stuck.

Rescuers immediately requested the help of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and the Humberside Coastguard helicopter also flew to the scene on the western slopes of Kinder Scout.

A team spokesperson said: “Once on scene, Rescue 912 [the Coastguard helicopter] was able to recover the casualty from their position to the plateau where they were assessed but unfortunately were pronounced deceased.

“As this was unfolding and the initial casualty and their party were about to be flown back down to Hayfield, reports came in of another person who was cragfast on the Downfall having bravely tried to down-climb to reach the first casualty and then became stuck when coming back up.

“Rescue 912 was able to ferry a hill party back up to the location but then had to leave due to lack of fuel. A second hill party had walked in from Edale Cross with rope rescue equipment and they were then able to recover the second casualty who was unharmed and return to base.

“The team would like to send their condolences to the family of the deceased walker at this tragic time.

“We would also like to extend our thanks to the crews of Rescue 912 and [air ambulance] Helimed 29 for the superb teamwork displayed in assisting both these people. We just wish the outcome could have been different.”

The rescue operations lasted more than 4½ hours and involved 29 volunteers from Kinder MRT.

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