The team's volunteers used PPE during the callouts. Photo: Edale MRT

The team's volunteers used PPE during the callouts. Photo: Edale MRT

Peak District rescuers used protective equipment when they were called out twice in quick succession.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team responded to two requests for help on Saturday, neither of which were hill incidents.

The volunteers followed strict Covid-19 protocols during the callouts, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service asked for the team’s help first about 2.40pm to aid a crew in Sheffield. Paramedics asked for help in extricating and carrying the casualty to an ambulance.

An Edale MRT spokesperson said: “They had sustained a serious injury to their lower leg and because of the awkward position a short carry was required. Due to this we were requested to assist.

“It was a fairly quick job for the team members who arrived first and other team members still travelling were able to be stood down on route.”

Less than two hours later a second call was received.

The spokesperson said: “Just as we had all put the vehicles back in to their locations, we received another call for an ambulance assist to Yorkshire Ambulance Service in Sheffield. This again was an access issue, and assistance was needed to extricate the casualty from an off-road location.

“The ambulance crew had stabilised the casualty’s injured leg so all we had to do was load them on to the mountain rescue stretcher for a quick ride back to the roadhead and the waiting ambulance.

“Again, Covid-19 protocols were followed by team members.”

Mountain rescuers throughout the UK have appealed to outdoor enthusiasts to stay at home during the coronavirus crisis, a call that has been widely observed, with callouts a rarity and not hill-related.

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