Goyt Valley

  • Call out for year: 61
  • Date: 25/09/14
  • Time: 5:05 pm
  • Grid ref: SK 01 73
  • Type of incident: Walker Injured(1)
  • Team members involved: 12
  • Time taken: 2 hours
  • Total man hours: 24

Incident report

A call at 17.00 hours from East Midlands Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a injured walker in the Goyt Valley caused some initial resource problems.  The incident was squarely in Buxton team’s operational area but twenty members were already committed to a search on Kinder Scout.  A second radio-pager call-out raised eight members who had been unable to attend the search but were now available.   A team vehicle with the necessary rescue equipment was diverted from the Kinder search and Kinder MRT was also able to call on five extra members to assist.  Knowing that the Goyt incident was of a serious nature, reinforcements were also called form Edale MRT which dispatched a team vehicle and seven members.

The incident involved a 41 year old man from Warrington who had simply slipped whilst walking in the valley but had fallen about sixty feet down a steep bank ending up in the river.  He suffered a serious injury to the ankle which was treated by Edale team paramedics who administered analgesic drugs.  The casualty was recovered onto a rescue stretcher for the climb back up the bank and a short carry to the waiting ambulance.  He was then  taken to a Macclesfield hospital.

Whilst the initial response to this incident may have suffered a short unavoidable delay, it was a great example of the strength of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation to be able to deal with two serious incidents simultaneously.

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