‘Snatch squad’ in action to save man

Rescue of injured walker in Lathkill Dale, near Bakewell
Rescue of injured walker in Lathkill Dale, near Bakewell
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These were the dramatic scenes when a mountain rescue ‘snatch squad’ sprang into action to help an injured walker who was bleeding heavily at a Peak District beauty spot.

Sixteen volunteers from Buxton and Edale Mountain Rescue Teams were called to Lathkill Dale, near Bakewell.

Rescue of injured walker in Lathkill Dale, near Bakewell

Rescue of injured walker in Lathkill Dale, near Bakewell

Spokesman Ian Hurst said: “Teams were called out just before 1pm on Wednesday by the East Midlands Ambulance Service, following a report of an injured walker.

“Rescue team members located a 56-year-old male from Sheffield in Lathkill Dale.

“While walking with his wife, he suffered a ruptured varicose vein, resulting in severe blood loss.

“Fortunately, this incident occurred in the only part of the dale where a mobile phone signal was available.”

Mr Hurst added: “The air ambulance was quickly overhead, but due to the nature of the terrain had to land some distance away.

“The casualty was treated on site by mountain rescue paramedics, and evacuated by stretcher a few hundred metres to the waiting air ambulance before being flown to the Northern General Hospital.”

Mountain rescuers spent two hours at the scene.