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Mountain rescue team kept busy over Bank Holiday

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

  • Mountain rescue team kept busy over Bank Holiday

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DERBY Mountain Rescue Team had a busy Bank Holiday weekend, attending four callouts over the period.

The first callout was on Saturday afternoon when a climber fell around 25 feet from High Tor, in Matlock Bath, a 60m high cliff face overlooking the River Derwent.

The 22-year-old man from Sheffield suffered facial and leg injuries and due to the difficulty of access to the location, a multi-agency response was required to evacuate him.

This comprised units from the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, including a specialist Rope Rescue Unit from Matlock, ambulance service paramedics, police, mountain rescue and an RAF Sea King helicopter, which was used to winch the casualty from the foot of the cliff, saving a long and difficult stretcher carry.

On the Sunday, the team was fundraising at Dovedale Stepping Stones when they were alerted to a 20-year-old man who had fallen around 50 metres down a steep side of Thorpe Cloud, coming to rest on a scree slope.

He had suffered a knee and ankle injury as well as cuts and abrasions. Team members were able to quickly get to the scene and provide treatment before lowering him down the scree slope on a rope protection system to the team’s Land Rover, which crossed through the river to take him to a road ambulance.

As the team was handing over the casualty to the ambulance crew, they were alerted to another incident where a young girl had fallen down another slope at the foot of Thorpe Cloud, injuring her shoulder. Team members and the ambulance paramedic immediately went to her aid and provided treatment and pain relief.

To round up the weekend, the team was called out on the Tuesday to a 45-year-old woman who had also slipped whilst descending another side of Thorpe Cloud, injuring her knee.

Twelve team members attended the incident, providing treatment before evacuating the woman down the slope and across Thorpe Pasture to hand her to a road ambulance crew to be taken to Royal Derby Hospital for further treatment.

A team spokesman said: “Thorpe Cloud is the most popular hill in the Southern Peak District, so it’s our most frequented location for callouts, but three in three days is fairly unusual.

“However, as Bank Holidays are often our busiest periods with lots of people taking to the outdoors, especially around Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud, the volunteers in the team were fully prepared for increased levels of activity this weekend and were easily able to cope.”

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