Hope Valley

  • 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

Incident report

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

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