Mountain rescue team’s busy May

Edale Mountain Rescue Team - busiest May ever
Edale Mountain Rescue Team - busiest May ever
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Members of a Peak District mountain rescue team have had their busiest May on record.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team, staffed entirely by volunteers, dealt with 17 calls in May – the highest number ever.

A spokesman said: “During the course of the month we’ve assisted three climbers, seven walkers, a cyclist and a paraglider pilot. We’ve also been called out for four searches and rescued one dog.”

Over the weekend the team helped two climbers and a mountain biker.

On Friday evening the team was dispatched to Stanage Edge, near Hathersage, after a young man fell 10 metres while climbing without ropes – a practice known as soloing. He had broken both ankles and both wrists.

The team put splints on his ankles and wrists and carried him down to a car park before he was taken to hospital in Sheffield by ambulance.

On Saturday, the team were back at Stanage, to help a 13-year-old boy who had fallen while walking over the boulders at the foot of the crag after a day’s climbing.

He suffered minor injuries and was treated and carried back to the roadside.

On Sunday the team assisted a mountain biker who had crashed on the bridleway between Hollins Cross and Castleton and later they were called to Birchen Edge, near Baslow, after a woman climber fell and broke her wrist.