The climber's knee was firmly jammed in the rock. Photo: Edale MRT

The climber's knee was firmly jammed in the rock. Photo: Edale MRT

A climber had to be rescued after getting jammed in rocks on a Peak District route.

In a separate incident, a man who was belaying on a route was injured when the lead climber fell on him.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team dealt with both callouts on Saturday, with the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation also alerted to the former incident.

The Edale team received a request from police about 6.35pm to help a climber wedged about two-thirds of the way up a route on Millstone Edge near Hathersage.

A team spokesperson said the climber had been stuck at the knee for 30 minutes, unable to free themselves.

“The team responded and set up a rope system to secure and safely extricate the climber,” the spokesperson said. “A team paramedic was able to access the casualty and assess their leg.

The rescue scene at Millstone Edge. Photo: Edale MRT

The rescue scene at Millstone Edge. Photo: Edale MRT

“Prior to the team attending a valiant effort had been undertaken by the climbers’ mates involving pulley systems and cooking oil – sadly to no avail.

“Due to the obstinate nature of the stuck knee Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation were also called to assist. They have specialist skills when it comes to stuck body parts.

“However, their skills were not required. Fortunately, with a rope system of static ropes set up by the team a greater force could be generated and the climber was released. To their full credit, after their prolonged ordeal being more intimate than they would like with gritstone, the bruised and battered climber walked back to Surprise View car park under their own steam. Great multi-agency effort from all involved.”

Earlier in the day, the Edale team was called to Bamford Edge to an injured climber.

The injured climber is stretchered from Bamford Edge. Photo: Edale MRT

The injured climber is stretchered from Bamford Edge. Photo: Edale MRT

The spokesperson said: “The climber that was belaying had unfortunately been landed on by his climbing partner who was climbing above him when he fell.

“The lead climber was fine, but the belayer sustained a painful knee injury making it impossible to walk. The team assessed and treated the climber before packaging him on a mountain rescue stretcher and carrying him off the hill to the waiting ambulance.”

The spokesperson quipped: “Advice was given about the suitability of materials for home-made bouldering mats.”

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