Rescuers set up a technical rope system to bring the climber from the ledge. Photo: Edale MRT

Rescuers set up a technical rope system to bring the climber from the ledge. Photo: Edale MRT

Mountain rescuers used a technical rope system to extricate a climber who suffered injuries when he fell more than 20ft in a Peak District quarry.

The lone climber, who had been using a self-belaying technique, landed on a ledge above a quarry pool.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team was called to the incident on the Pool Wall at Bolehill Quarry above Grindleford about noon on Thursday.

The man slipped and fell about 7m, landing painfully on the ledge.

A team spokesperson said: “He managed to roughly report his location to the emergency services which helped us to finally locate him.

“First team members down to his position assessed his injuries, which appeared to be isolated to his right hip. He was given pain relief and made comfortable while the crag system was being prepared for the lower down to the quarry floor.”

Rescuers packaged the climber into a stretcher then used a long top-rope system held under tension by a guide line to enable the stretcher and its occupant to be pulled over the pool, described by rescuers as ‘quite rank’, to the quarry floor.

The spokesperson said: “An East Midlands paramedic arrived on scene to assist with the patient’s treatment and it’s thanks to him for the video of the crag rescue.”

The injured man was then stretchered to the road and a waiting ambulance, which took him to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for further treatment.

The incident involved 16 Edale MRT volunteers.

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