Sheffield climber thanks mountain rescue team

Johnny Dawes
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A world-renowned climber from Sheffield who fell at Stanage Edge - suffering an open fracture - has thanked Edale Mountain Rescue Team for saving his leg.

Johnny Dawes, one of the best known British rock climbers, was climbing in the Peak District in February when he fell.

Edale Mountain Rescue Team administered pain relief and gave him intravenous antibiotics before re-aligning his broken leg and carrying the injured climber off the rocks.

He was flown by air ambulance to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for surgery.

At the recent Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, team members were thanked by Johnny when he stopped by at their stand.

He said: “I am so grateful to Edale Mountain Rescue team for the way I was treated and cared for at the time of my accident and if it was not for the skills of the team I could have lost my leg.

“I will always be in debt to the team.”

Team members are gearing up for what is traditionally the busiest time of the year for incidents involving climbers and walkers.

Team spokesman Martin Gorman said: “We wish Johnny all the best for his continuing recovery.

“As we move into the peak time of the year for call-outs to Mountain Rescue, the team are busy training and fundraising to ensure that we are ready to assist casualties throughout our patch whether they are famous or not.”