Longstone Edge

  • Call out for year: 78
  • Date: 29/12/11
  • Time: 2:56 pm
  • Grid ref: SK 221 737
  • Type of incident: Mountain Biker Injured(1)
  • Team members involved: 6
  • Time taken: 1.5 hrs
  • Total man hours: 9 hrs

Incident report

A joint snatch squad call for Edale and Buxton teams on Thursday afternoon to Longstone Edge, near Great Longstone.

A 49 year old male from the Bedfordshire area had fallen from his mountain bike and sustained serious head injuries. The incident occurred whilst he was descending a track in the Deep Rake area. He was treated on site by paramedics and mountain rescue team doctors, before being evacuated to a waiting helicopter.

The man was then flown in the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance to the University Hospital, Coventry, for further treatment.


  1. Sarah

    This was my brother. He is recovering slowly although still very injured. Thank you for your help – as a paramedic I really appreciate how your teams get help to people like my brother asap. Without your skills and dedication many people would not make it to hospital. By the way I am sure my brother is flattered that you thought he was 35 – he is actually 49 (50 this month)!!!

  2. Nick Smith

    Hi Sarah,

    You’re welcome!
    Thank you for your message, most of the team are walkers, climbers and mountain bikers from the Peak who give their time to help fellow outdoor pursuits enthusiasts!
    Please stay in touch to let us know how your brother progresses with his recovery,


  3. Sarah

    He is doing very well considering where we started. He is now out of hospital and in Brain Injury Rehabilitation. He is walking (a bit unsteady but doing really well), talking and reasoning. Amazing considering. Still alot of problems but the experts are hopeful that he can do really well … he reckons he will be back on a mountain bike – not sure his wife is so keen – but i am sure he will be back in the outdoors and in the hills. Thank you again.

  4. admin

    Many thanks for the progress report, Sarah.

    We all wish your brother a sure and steady recovery.

Leave a comment