Mam Tor, west of Castleton

  • Call out for year: 102
  • Date: 30/12/20
  • Time: 2:10 am
  • Grid ref: SK 13367 83320
  • Type of incident: Walker Injured(1)
  • Team members involved: 19
  • Time taken: 1 hour 13 minutes
  • Total man hours: 23 hours

Incident report

Today’s callout took us to one of the most popular parts of the Peak District National Park, Mam Tor.

The snow which had fallen earlier in the week has now undergone several cycles of freeze-thaw, creating some very slippery conditions for people enjoying a day out in the Peak District National Park. While descending the path from the top, one of a small party of walkers slipped sustaining a very painful lower leg injury.

Both Edale Mountain Rescue Team and Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams were called out to attend the incident and were quickly on scene. The very cold weather conditions meant the casualty needed to be kept warm in a shelter whilst an initial medical assessment was made of her condition. The decision was then taken to sledge the casualty to the road on a mountain rescue stretcher, which is designed to allow for this quick and efficient method of evacuation. Along with a back rope attached to the stretcher to control the speed of descent, team members sledged the casualty back to the road and the warmth of a vehicle, before transfer to an East Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle and further medical treatment at hospital.

Team members were then able to return vehicles to their respective bases to be cleaned ready for the next incident.

We wish the casualty a speedy recovery and return to enjoy the attractions of the Peak District.

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