Mountain rescue saved walker

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A MOUNTAIN Rescue Team were called out early on September 20 to an injured walker in the region of Biggin Dale, near Hartington.

The woman, believed to be in her forties or fifties, had been descending a steep path towards the River Dove when she slipped on the wet ground causing an injury to her ankle.

It is thought the woman had been on her own and the alarm was raised by passing walkers. The location was several miles from where vehicles could gain access so mountain rescue were called to the scene along with Hazardous Areas Response Teams (HART) and a Midlands Air Ambulance.

A local Alstonfield First Responder was also in attendance. Sixteen members of the team attended the callout with others en route being stood down as enough personnel were already on scene.

The air ambulance helicopter was unable to land close enough to be able to evacuate the casualty due to the steep sides of the valley and was stood down.

The HART team had brought a Polaris all terrain vehicle equipped for stretcher carrying with them which, being narrower than the rescue team’s Land Rover, was able to drive along a riverside path to get as close as possible to the casualty.

Mountain Rescue and HART personnel evacuated the injured woman by stretcher across the river to the vehicle. She was then transported back to a waiting road ambulance to be taken to University Hospital in North Staffordshire for further treatment.