Climber, 21, airlifted to hospital after 30ft fall

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A CLIMBER had to be airlifted to hospital after falling 30 feet and landing on his face.

The 21-year-old man was climbing on Stanage Edge, near Hathersage, in the Peak District when he fell.

Although he was wearing a helmet, he sustained serious facial injuries as well as a suspected fractured arm.

Mountain rescue volunteers were first on the scene.

Edale Mountain Rescue team leader Ian Bunting said: “A paramedic from Edale team was quickly on scene and began treating the climbers injuries before being assisted by the crew of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland air ambulance.

“The climber was then immobilised and evacuated down to where the helicopter had landed.

“This then flew him to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.”

Mr Bunting said thatwhile dealing with the Stanage Edge incident, just after midday on Tuesday, mountain rescue volunteers also had to help the ambulance service with reports of someone who had collapsed in Cressbrook Dale, near Litton.

He said: “Team members were diverted from Stanage to Cressbrook where the man was being treated by ambulance service paramedics and the crew of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

“He was evacuated by a combination of stretcher and Land Rover back to the ambulance at Wardlow Mires.”

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