• Call out for year: 72
  • Date: 16/12/12
  • Time: 12:07 pm
  • Grid ref: SK135 739
  • Type of incident: Walker Injured(1)
  • Team members involved: 16
  • Time taken: 2 hrs, 37 mins
  • Total man hours: 41 hrs

Incident report

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team were called away from a fundraising event on the Staffordshire Roaches to attend the scene of a walking accident in Monks Dale, near Tideswell.

The casualty, a 48 year old man from Sutton Coldfield, had slipped in the very wet conditions and sustained a suspected fracture of his right ankle.  The steep sides and narrow limestone tracks of Monks Dale made access to the casualty difficult but team members were able to treat the injury and offer pain relief.  The evacuation on a stretcher was hampered by narrrow tracks in muddy conditions, and very slippy limestone rocks making it awkward and potentially dangerous for the rescue team members.  However, with sufficient numbers to distribute the effort, the injured man carried through the dale, up the steep banks, and along a track to a waiting ambulance.

The well equipped man was part of an organised outdoor group and was five miles in to a fifteen mile walk which should have terminated in a Christmas dinner in Bakewell.  Lunch at Chesterfield Royal Hospital probably wasn’t the same.

Progress along an easy stretch of an otherwise difficult carry-off

One comment

  1. Chris Jennings

    I was part of a hill walking group out on our monthly walk when the accident happened. This is the first time our club had to call on the services of a mountain rescue team in its 40 year history. Thankfully they were there when we needed them. Although my ankle was not broken it was severely injured. It i still swollen and I have not regained full mobility, it is improving each week, it is now April 11th 2013. It may be some months before I return to hill walking. I am still in awe of the team who rescued me and for ever great full. In addition the NHS ambulance service were also helpful and generous on the day.
    A big thank you all round.
    Chris Jennings

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