Busy day for new rescue team member from Sheffield

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A Sheffield man who spent 18 months training to become a mountain rescue team volunteer was celebrating passing his final assessment when he was called out to the first of three incidents in one day.

Mark Whittaker, aged 39, who is a plumber from Lodge Moor, started his training in 2014 and has undergone training and assessments in medical, navigation, crag, communications and search skills

He had just completed and passed his final assessment when he along with fellow Edale Mountain Rescue Team members were called to an injured climber at Burbage.

That day they also dealt with a runner who suffered a serious allergic reaction at Froggatt Edge and helped a walker who had got lost near Hathersage.

Team spokesman Ed Proudfoot said: “This weekend saw the culmination of 18 months of hard work pay off for Mark.”