Rescue team workload climbs in the warmer weather

Edale Mountain Rescue team helping a casualty
Edale Mountain Rescue team helping a casualty

MOUNTAIN rescue team volunteers were called out three times in less than 48 hours to help people injured while climbing and biking in the Peak District.

The Edale team helped a 25-year-old climber from Canada who fell around 20ft at Burbage Edge, near to the Longshaw Estate.

He was knocked unconscious in the fall on Saturday and was carried to an ambulance and transferred to the Northern General Hospital.

The team was called out to a mountain biker who crashed on Hope Brink on the slopes of Win Hill on Sunday.

The 28-year-old, from Sheffield, had been thrown over his handlebars and was knocked unconscious in the fall.

He also suffered a number of cuts which were treated at the scene before he was taken to hospital.

The team’s final call of the weekend came after a 19-year-old climber, from Lichfield, Staffordshire, fell on Birchen Edge near Baslow and sustained a serious head injury.

Medics from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and an ambulance crew were already treating the casualty at the scene when the rescue team arrived.

They helped evacuate him into the air ambulance before he was flown to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Edale Team Leader Ian Bunting said: “Due to the wet weather during April keeping visitors away from the area the team had a quiet month.

“However with the better weather over the last week or so our workload has risen resulting in seven incidents in the last seven days.”