Man airlifted from Peaks after ‘heart attack’

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A SHEFFIELD man had to be airlifted to hospital during a dramatic rescue after he suffered a suspected heart attack while out walking in the Peak District on Boxing Day.

Members of the Edale Mountain Rescue Team were called out shortly after lunchtime when the 63-year-old man, named by friends as Andrew Russell, began complaining of severe chest pains while walking above the Upper Derwent Reservoirs close to Ladybower.

Team spokesman Ian Bunting said: “The walker was out with around 10 other walkers.

“When we arrived he was showing all the signs of having suffered a heart attack.

“Fortunately our team included both a doctor and a paramedic so he was in very good hands.

“He was treated by team members before being transferred to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which managed to land nearby.

“He was then flown to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where I believe he was admitted.”

Mr Russell is being kept in hospital for observation.