OAP rescued after river fall

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A PENSIONER had to be saved by mountain rescue volunteers when she fell 10ft down a river bank.

The 72-year-old woman was walking along the path beside the River Derwent, near Hathersage, when she slipped down the near-vertical bank onto tree roots, injuring her back and shoulder.

Members of the Edale and Buxton mountain rescue teams were called out to help paramedics at just after 1.20pm on Wednesday.

The woman, from Chesterfield, was given pain relief and then placed onto a spinal board before the volunteers carried her away from the scene on a stretcher.

Rescuers passed the stretcher hand-over-hand up the steep river bank to the path, where the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was waiting.

The woman was then flown in the helicopter to Leadmill and transferred to a road ambulance.

She was taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for further treatment.

A team spokesman said: “Access to the site via the stepping stones across the River Derwent was an interesting exercise with all the equipment required, including a spinal board, stretcher and medical bags being carried across.”

The spokesman added: “Some rescue personnel were standing waist deep in the river supporting their colleagues carrying the equipment.”