Cliff rescue drama

Chee Dale Call-out, showing our team doctor and members supervising the recovery of the casualties, using the rope rescue system.
Chee Dale Call-out, showing our team doctor and members supervising the recovery of the casualties, using the rope rescue system.
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Nineteen volunteers were involved in a dramatic rescue to save stricken walkers stuck on the top of a cliff in the Peak District.

Members of Buxton Mountain Rescue team were called to Miller’s Dale car park in Chee Dale after a call for help from two experienced walkers.

A Buxton Mountain Rescue team spokesman said a relative had heard the two women calling for help and they were eventually found high above a limestone cliff in a wooded area.

The spokesman said: “The area was very slippery and steep.

“Apparently they had avoided a difficult part of the footpath and wandered into the woodland following footprints, eventually becoming crag fast.

“By this time it was becoming dark and they didn’t have any lighting with them.

“An inadvertent slip by either would have resulted in them falling over a cliff and likely suffering injuries.”

The rescue team found the women at midnight and they were checked over by the team doctor who deemed them fit to walk.

The team set up a rope system to lower the women 300 metres to the bottom of the valley floor and they were given hot drinks and food on arrival in the early hours of the morning.

The spokesman said it took the team four-and-a-half hours to locate the women in the dark and set up the rope system.

He said: “Each lady was attached and accompanied by two rescuers and assisted down to the path below.”

The women got lost on Friday night and arrived back at the Miller’s Dale car park in the early hours of Saturday morning.

They were not injured during their ordeal.