Busiest May on record for Edale Mountain Rescue

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Edale Mountain Rescue has had its busiest May on record after a spate of call-outs in the area.

On Friday evening an unusually late climbing accident saw the team deployed to Stanage Edge, near Hathersage, after a young man fell 10 metres while climbing on his own. The man fractured both ankles and both wrists in the accident.

After being given pain relief and having his ankles and wrists splinted, he was carried down to the Plantation car park and transferred to an ambulance for treatment at Sheffield Hospital.

This job brought to 17 the number of callouts in May – which is a record for the team during the course of the month we’ve assisted three climbers, seven

walkers, a cyclist and a paraglider pilot – and even rescued one dog.

On the first day of June, the team were back at Stanage, this time to assist a 13-year-old lad boy had fallen while walking over the boulders at the foot of the crag following a days climbing. The youngster suffered minor injuries and was treated then carried back to the roadside.

Two jobs in quick succession on Sunday. The team were first called to a mountain biker who had crashed on the bridle way between Hollins Cross and Castleton. He had managed to make his way down to the road to be met by an ambulance crew so the team were stood down and returned to base.

Just time to make – but not drink – a cup of tea before another callout, this time to Birchen Edge near Baslow where a lady from North Yorkshire had fallen while leading a climb on this popular crag. She fractured a wrist and was also treated for potential back injuries. Packed and wrapped by team members, she was then carried back to the road near the Robin Hood Inn and taken to hospital in Chesterfield.