- Call out for year: 36
- Date: 25/07/12
- Time: 1:21 pm
- Grid ref: SK222 815
- Type of incident: Walker Injured(1)
- Team members involved: 6
- Time taken: 2 hrs
- Total man hours: 12 hrs
A joint Buxton/Edale snatch squad was called this afternoon to assist the ambulance service with an incident alongside the River Derwent in the Hope Valley between Hathersage and Shatton.
The casualty, a 72 year old woman from the Chesterfield area, had been walking along the riverside path when she slipped and fell, tumbling c.10 feet down a steep section of riverbank onto tree roots. She sustained injuries to her shoulder and back. After treatment on site by Edale team and air ambulance paramedics, she was put on a spinal board, then a vaccum mattress to stablise her, and finally onto a mountain rescue stretcher. The stretcher was passed hand over hand by rescuers back up the steep bank to the path and carried a short distance to the waiting Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The air ambulance conveyed her the short distance to Leadmill on the outskirts of Hathersage, where she was transferred to a land ambulance and thence by road to Sheffield Northern General Hospital for further treatment.
A team spokesman said “Access to the site via the stepping stones across the River Derwent was an interesting exercise with all the equipment required, including a spinal board, stretcher and medical bags. Some rescue personnel were standing waist deep in the river supporting their colleagues carrying the equipment”.
Photo credit: Jon Kidd