A WALKER was rescued by an RAF helicopter after suffering back and head injuries when she fell into a waterfall in the Peak District.
The woman, aged in her early 40s, slipped while descending the upper reaches of Crowden Brook, which gushes down from Kinder Scout, falling around 20ft into the waterfall area.
A 25-strong rescue team, including members of the Edale and Buxton mountain rescue teams, was called to the scene following the accident at 5.30pm on Sunday, but because of the location and the woman’s injuries the RAF chopper had to be requested.
After being treated by one of the team’s paramedics the injured walker, from Cornwall, was winched to safety and flown to the Northern General Hospital where she is still recovering.
She suffered broken ribs and a fractured skull as well as spinal injuries. Her injuries are not life-threatening.
Ian Bunting, leader of the Edale mountain rescue team, said the woman fell on one of the more challenging walks on the flanks of Kinder Scout.
“It’s still a popular route,” he added. “She basically just lost her footing and slipped.”
Ian said: “It was a challenging rescue technically for the RAF because of the shape of the valley, and the wind direction and the strength of the wind.”