Mountain rescue team in helicopter training exercise in Peak District

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Mountain rescue team volunteers who help those lost, injured and in difficulty in the Peak District took part in a training exercise to find out more about a Coastguard helicopter serving the region.

Edale mountain rescue team members were picked up by the helicopter, normally based at Hull, and flown to Kinder Plateau.

The aim of the exercise was to demonstrate the aircraft’s capabilities after it replaced an ageing RAF Sea King, which previously served the region.

Ed Proudfoot, spokesman for Edale Mountain Rescue team, said: “The new aircraft based in Hull came on line earlier in the year to replace the ageing RAF Sea King.

“Since then the aircraft has been used operationally, alongside mountain rescue teams, to great effect.

“Saturday’s exercise gave team members a unique opportunity to further familiarise themselves with the capabilities and characteristics of the aircraft.

“It was time well spent, and team members gained a valuable and enjoyable learning experience.”

On Sunday the rescue team was called out to help South Yorkshire Police search for a 12-year-old boy missing from Firbeck, near Worksop, who was later found in Dinnington.

Mr Proudfoot added: On arrival operational needs were assessed resulting in a request for assistance from Woodhead Team, the Yorkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team and the Search and Rescue Dogs for increased numbers and search expertise.

“A police helicopter had also been called and had commenced searches of the area and local residents had been made aware of the ongoing operation.

“Fortunately as search plans were being drawn up, the missing child was located safety.”

On Monday, the rescue team was called to Ladybower to help a woman who injured her leg while walking her dog.

The team has been called out over 120 times this year.