The team was kept busy with six calls for help in quick succession. Photo: Edale MRT

`The team was kept busy with six calls for help in quick succession. Photo: Edale MRT

A Peak District rescue team was called out six times in three hours on at the weekend as visitors flocked to the national park and surrounding areas.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was alerted to the first incident on Sunday afternoon when a walker was reported to be suffering chest pains while on a rocky path at Redmires Reservoirs on Hallam Moors in the East of the national park.

A team spokesperson said: “As the team leader was gathering information, it came through that a local farmer had given the ambulance crew access and were able to reach the casualty without our assistance.”

About 4.35pm, the team’s help was requested by the regional controller to an incident where a walker had injured an ankle in Yarncliff Wood in Padley Gorge near Grindleford.

The spokesperson said: “The casualty was unable to make their way out of the gorge due to the ankle injury and the steep sides of the river bank.

“Along with the crew from East Midlands Ambulance Service and EMAS paramedics the casualty was treated with pain relief and stabilised onto a mountain rescue stretcher. A back rope system was used to safely bring the stretcher out for an onward carry back to the road and the awaiting ambulance.”

As the incident was finishing, rescuers were alerted to another walker who had fallen in the top area of Padley Gorge.

The spokesperson said: “A team paramedic was able to leave the previous incident to attend this casualty.

“With the help of the East Midlands Ambulance crew the casualty was able to walk to the ambulance at the roadside.”

The volunteers were called to a casualty at Chatsworth. Photo: Edale MRT

The volunteers were called to a casualty at Chatsworth. Photo: Edale MRT

As Edale MRT was dealing with the Padley Gorge casualties, it received another request for help from someone injured in one of the River Derwent weirs on the Chatsworth Estate near Bakewell.

The spokesperson said: “A team vehicle with three team members on board were able to leave [the first Padley Gorge incident] and go to help the East Midlands Ambulance crew who were having difficulty getting the patient to the ambulance at Carlton Lees.

“The casualty was conveyed to the waiting ambulance in the team Land Rover.”

Immediately after this, the team was called out to the Monsal Trail to a child with a head injury.

Team members and a team paramedic made their way to the scene and were soon joined by a team doctor. Their vehicles gained access to the trail via Hassop Station.

The spokesperson said: “The child was treated at scene and conveyed by ambulance to hospital for further treatment.

“A big thanks to the Hassop Station cafe for the supply of much needed water for team members.”

As one of the team volunteers was driving home he came across a road collision involving two vehicles, one of which had overturned.

He provided help at the scene and requested another team vehicle’s attendance. A local doctor and an Edale MRT paramedic joined him and provide care to those injured in the incident.

The spokesperson said: “The team vehicle and driver organised traffic flow so to keep the scene safe from further incidents.”

The final call of the day was to help an injured walker at Rivelin Dams west of Sheffield.

The spokesperson said team members were heading to their base to sort kit when they were alerted to the incident. It was reported the woman could not walk.

The spokesperson said: “There was some discrepancy as to her exact position so the team were tasked to travel towards the area of the dam. As team members were deploying the team leader received a message that the person had managed to get to a car and were being conveyed to hospital with friends.

“Team members finally returned to our base to start the replacement and decontamination of all the kit used in line with our Covid-19 operating procedures.

“The day proved to highlight the co-operation between ambulance, South Yorkshire Police, Derbyshire Constabulary and mountain rescue, with all three services working together to support the people of the Peak District.”

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