Peak rescue drama after climber’s fall

Stretcher lift: The man was treated for spinal and pelvic injuries.

Stretcher lift: The man was treated for spinal and pelvic injuries.

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THESE were the dramatic scenes when a stricken Sheffield climber who fell down a cliff face on to a ledge had to be lifted to safety.

The 62-year-old man had plunged around four or five metres down the side of Minus Ten Wall at Stoney Middleton in the Peak District, landing on a small ledge halfway up the rock wall.

High wire: Rescuers hoiswt the injured man from the cliff.

High wire: Rescuers hoiswt the injured man from the cliff.

Teams from Edale and Buxton Mountain Rescue spent three hours carrying out the operation.

A paramedic and two other members had to climb a diagonal gully to reach the ledge and start treating the climber for his injuries.

Meanwhile, a second team set up a system of ropes at the top of the crag, lowering them past the fallen climber. A stretcher was attached and hauled up the rock face by the team above to the ledge.

The man, who had been treated for potential spinal and pelvic injuries, was carefully secured to the stretcher and lowered to the ground.

He was then taken a few hundred metres down the track to the ambulance which took him to hospital following the rescue at 6pm on Friday.

Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team was also involved in a series of rescues as walkers and fell runners took to the Peak District.

A man in his 70s with a suspected broken ankle had to be rescued from a hillside in the Bolsterstone area, near Sheffield.

Six members of the team carried the man on a stretcher over difficult hillside terrain including fences and stiles.

The casualty was a member of a local ramblers group who had lost his footing during a very steep descent on Saturday. He was taken to hospital in Sheffield by ambulance.

Rescuers were also involved in a numbers of incidents during the Lads Leap fell race in the Crowden area of the Peak District.

A number of injured runners who had fallen and hurt their legs and ankles had to be rescued and taken back to race control.

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