Climber rescued after Stanage fall

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A FEMALE climber was airlifted to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital with a head injury after falling six metres while descending Stanage Edge.

Edale Mountain Rescue crews attended the accident with a helicopter just minutes after three more emergencies across the area were reported.

Team leader Ian Bunting said: “It’s not uncommon for us to deal with multiple incidents in a day, or two incidents simultaneously, but four call-outs in our area within the space of 45 minutes was a first. I think this does show how vital this service is.”

The female climber, believed to be a visitor from London in her 30s, was knocked unconscious after her fall at around 2.40pm.

Climbers, with rescue teams from Woodhead and Calder Valley, helped to carry her to an air ambulance.

Rescue crews from Edale MRT were alerted to three more call-outs at gritstone tors popular with climbers between 1.30pm and 2.40pm on Saturday.

A male climber from Sheffield suffered a fractured ankle after falling at Froggatt Edge, and a male walker, also from Sheffield, suffered an ankle injury at Derwent Edge near Bamford. He was carried by stretcher to an ambulance at Ladybower Reservoir.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams dealt with the fourth casualty – a walker who had slipped and suffered an ankle injury at Losehill.