- Call out for year: 02
- Date: 2/01/17
- Time: 10:44 am
- Grid ref: SK 123 734
- Type of incident: Walker Injured(1)
- Team members involved: 20
- Time taken: 2 hrs 40 mins
- Total man hours:
A 71 year old male hill walker from Chesterfield had slipped whilst walking below Chee Tor Buttress and fallen about four metres into the River Wye sustaining a serious head injury.
The casualty was treated on site by a team doctor, team members and the Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) doctor. The air ambulance had to land some distance from the incident site and due to the serious nature of the casualty’s injuries a Coastguard S92 helicopter was requested to extract the casualty by winch from the site.
The casualty was placed into a vacuum mattress and onto the mountain rescue stretcher and evacuated using a rope system to the river level. From there he was carried by rescuers fording the river to an island allowing space for the aircraft to winch the casualty and doctor on board.
The casualty was flown to the Major Trauma Unit at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.
Photo credit: BMRT – top; Fording the river with the casualty towards the island in the middle of the steep sided gorge. Lower; Winch line from the Coastguard helicopter being attached to the stretcher.