Record month for hill rescue heroes

A man climbing on Froggatt Edge fell and fractured his ankle and had to be rescued by Edale Mountain Rescue Team.'He was treated on scene by 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.
A man climbing on Froggatt Edge fell and fractured his ankle and had to be rescued by Edale Mountain Rescue Team.'He was treated on scene by 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.
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MEMBERS of Edale Mountain Rescue Team have recorded one of their busiest Novembers in several years.

By Friday the team had dealt with 11 incidents – andmembers were on stand-by for further emergencies.

One more incident would equal their busiest November on record, when there were 12 call-outs in 2008.

The team has so far rescued five walkers with a range of lower leg injuries from the riverside near Grindleford, the Pennine Way near Edale, the Upper Derwent Valley, Grindsbrook on Kinder and Offerton Moor near Abney.

Two groups of walkers lost in poor visibility on Kinder were located and escorted down to safety after darkness fell.

A search of Burbage Valley was conducted after reports of a dog and abandoned clothing being found by walkers and another search, for a vulnerable woman, took place on the moors between Ringinglow and Hathersage.

She was found safe near the Longshaw Estate.

Last Saturday, a man who had drunk too much was helped from just below Hollins Cross, near Castleton, and handed over to the police and ambulance service.

The team’s last call was to help two seriously injured climbers who had fallen and ended up on a ledge at Castle Naze near Dove Holes.

One climber was winched into an RAF Sea King helicopter and flown to hospital. The other went by ambulance.

A spokesman said: “November is often a quiet month with typically just a handful of incidents, but 2012 has certainly proved the exception to that rule.”