Mountain rescue team in five emergency call-outs

A casualty airlifted to hospital from Rushop Edge
A casualty airlifted to hospital from Rushop Edge
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Mountain rescue team volunteers responded to five call-outs after a thick blanket of cloud caught out walkers on the Derbyshire moors over the weekend.

Three teams and specialist search dogs were called out to Kinder Scout on Saturday morning to look for a man who had been reported missing overnight and was suspected to have been suffering from hypothermia.

That same day mountain rescue teams returned to the Jacob’s Ladder area of Kinder following a report of a walker fracturing his arm in a fall.

They were then called out to a party of walkers, who had set out with no map or compass between them, who had become disorientated in the low cloud on Jacob’s Ladder.

The following team mountain rescue team members were called out to help a 71-year-old Rotherham man who had collapsed in the Goyt Valley.

And that afternoon they were called out to Rushop Edge, Edale Valley, following a paragliding accident.

A 54-year-old Stockport man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Roger Bennett, chairman of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, said: “A combination of bad weather and bad luck triggered the events of the weekend and I am pleased that members of the local mountain rescue teams were able to help out.

“The service is always free of charge at the point of need but the fact is that each team needs around £35,000 a year to remain available.

“All the teams are dependent on charity so any donations would be sincerely appreciated.

“The team stood down on Sunday night after five serious incidents - and with a mountain of wet and soiled equipment to clean and make ready in time for the next call-out.”