Mountain rescue team in day of drama in Peak District

Edale Mountain Rescue Team volunteers in action
Edale Mountain Rescue Team volunteers in action
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New mountain rescue team volunteers ended their 18 month training programme dealing with six incidents in one day - including a mountain biker who fractured his spine in a fall.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team’s new recruits were on a weekend assessment when they were alerted to a mountain biker who had crashed on a bridleway on Stanage Edge.

He was flown to hospital in Sheffield, where it was established that he had fractured his spine in three places and suffered multiple rib fractures.

While the team was dealing with the biker a call was received about a climber who had fallen on Millstone Edge, near Hathersage.

He was treated for back and head injuries before he was also sent to Sheffield for treatment.

The team was then called to help Buxton Mountain Rescue Team deal with a Sheffield man who had suffered a heart attack while walking in Monsal Dale.

The fourth call-out of the day was to help a climber who had fallen on the crags at Burbage North.

He was treated at the scene before being flown to he Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

While the team was dealing with the injured climber a second climber fell around 40ft on Rivelin Edge, sustaining serious head, chest and spinal injuries.

He was carried off the rocks, with the help of other climbers in the area, before being flown to hospital in Sheffield for further treatment.

The sixth call of the day was to help a 12-year-old boy who had injured his knee on Baslow Edge.

He was carried off the hill by the team and taken to hospital by his dad.

An Edale Mountain Rescue Team spokesman said: “It was a busy weekend for the team and a good introduction to life on the call out list for our newest team members.

“Last weekend was the culmination to more than 18 months training for four new members.”