MOUNTAIN rescuers had to evacuate a pregnant woman on a stretcher up a steep, boulder-strewn hillside after she slipped and fell in the Peak District.
The 34-year-old, from Meersbrook, Sheffield, was walking in Burbage Valley, north of Fox House, when the accident happened, leaving her with an injured ankle.
Martin Gorman, spokesman for Edale Mountain Rescue Team, which was called to the incident, said: “She had taken a nasty tumble near the plantation between Fox House and the road from Ringinglow.
“Despite struggling heroically to attempt to crawl and hop back to the road, she was finally forced to call for assistance.”
Mr Gorman said the team located her quickly and stretchered her back to the car park on Ringinglow Road, where an ambulance was called to take her to hospital.
The team was also scrambled to help Derbyshire Police search for an elderly man from Dronfield who had been reported missing the previous day.
As well as Edale Mountain Rescue, Derby and Woodhead teams were also called along with six dogs and handlers from The Search and Rescue Dog Association.
Mr Gorman said: “Mountain Rescue’s role in the incident was to search open spaces including in this case woodland, agricultural land and a golf course near Dronfield.
“After several hours of searching, the man was located in woodland by search dog Toby and his handler at around 9.15am.
“The gentleman was unconscious and severely hypothermic. After being rapidly assessed by team members he was evacuated to the road and handed over to a local ambulance crew.
“Many of the team members who had turned out then carried on to their day jobs, just a little late for work.”
Other incidents Edale Mountain Rescue have dealt with during the summer rush include being called away from fundraising at Bakewell Show to assist a walker with a fractured arm in Padley Gorge, near Grindleford.
A man climbing on Froggatt Edge also fell and fractured his ankle. He was treated on scene by mountain rescue team members before being evacuated to the top of the crag where the
Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance was waiting to fly him to hospital.