Blackwell Mill, Monsal Trail
- Call out for year: 59
- Date: 15/08/20
- Time: 9:45 am
- Grid ref: SK 14500 72500
- Type of incident: Walker Injured(1)
- Team members involved: 24
- Time taken: 2 hours and 24 minutes
- Total man hours: 58 hours
The Monsal Trail is one of the most popular parts of the White Peak for outdoor activities, attracting a large number of people, and the team responds to many callouts each year on and around the trail.
A walker out to enjoy a day’s photography, took a tumble on a set of steps below one of the glorious viaducts, sustaining a painful lower leg injury. The team responded to the 999 call from Derbyshire Constabulary and were soon on scene to begin medical treatment and plan the best method of evacuating the casualty. Pain relief was provided and the casualty made comfortable for the transfer to a mountain rescue stretcher, and an extraction from a tight spot involving barriers created by a mixture of steep banking, steps, the river and a stone wall.
Team members carefully negotiated the many obstacles whilst carrying the stretcher and eventually got to better ground alongside the river, enabling a relatively straightforward carryout to the waiting East Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle at Blackwell Mill.
After cleaning down all of the equipment used, as per our Covid-19 guidelines, the vehicles were repacked for return to base and to await the next callout.
We hope the casualty has a speedy recovery and is able to return to complete the walk at some stage in the near future.