A rescue team vehicle at the scene. Photo: Edale MRT

A rescue team vehicle at the scene. Photo: Edale MRT

A climber has died after falling from a limestone crag in the Peak District.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was called out at 6.45pm to the incident at Stoney Middleton in the East of the national park.

A team spokesperson said: “Edale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted by East Midlands Ambulance Service to reports of a fallen climber near Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire.

“The team deployed 18 personnel plus three vehicles and, working alongside EMAS Basics doctors, ambulance crews and police, rapidly located the individual at the bottom of the crags above the A623.

“Tragically and despite the best efforts of all the agencies involved the climber had sustained fatal injuries from a sizable fall.

“Team members then set about the difficult task of extracting the individual from an unstable location and, using rope system, lowering them down to the road. This task was made more challenging due to the necessary requirements for all personnel to be wearing Covid-19 PPE and observing the associated protocols.

“Our deepest thoughts and sympathies are with the climber’s friends and family at this tragic time.”

The incident was the Edale team’s 21st of the year.

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