- Call out for year: 64
- Date: 5/11/12
- Time: 4:18 pm
- Grid ref: SK054 786
- Type of incident: Climber Injured(2)
- Team members involved: 20
- Time taken: 4 hrs
- Total man hours: 80 hrs
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was called at dusk to Castle Naze Rocks, between Dove Holes and Combs, following reports of a fallen climber. Further information indicated that there were in fact, two injured climbers, both suspended on a ledge some six metres above the ground.
The climbers were on a route called “Ziga Zaga”. It appears that the accident occurred when the lead climber reached the top of the route and fell off, landing on his belay partner.
Team personnel were quickly deployed to the location with a crag party abseiling down onto the ledge. It was established that both climbers were seriously hurt with head, spinal, and pelvic injuries; one of the climbers had internal injuries as well. Due to the serious nature of this incident it was clear we needed airlift support and an RAF Sea King was requested to assist.
Both casualties were treated on the ledge, and placed onto mountain rescue stretchers, which were lowered to the ground by a rope rigging system accompanied by two barrow boys. Once on the ground the casualties received more advanced treatment from a mountain rescue doctor and paramedic.
The more seriously injured climber was winched into the helicopter, accompanied by both a doctor and paramedic and transported to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. The other climber was treated by ambulance service paramedics at the base of the crag and evacuated around crag and heathland on a stretcher by team members to the roadside. He was transferred into the land ambulance and taken to the Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, for further treatment.
Team members derigged the rope system, cleared the site and returned to our Dove Holes base to sort out equipment.
Neil Carruthers, Buxton Team Leader said:
This was a highly complex rescue, involving two climbers with serious injuries suspended on a rock face in the dark. The close cooperation and skills of all involved ensured a safe recovery of the casualties. Our grateful thanks to the RAF Search and Rescue Flight at RAF Leconfield, the East Midlands Ambulance Service, Edale MRT team doctors and paramedic, and our own team members for a job very well done.