Ravenstor, Cressbrook.

  • Call out for year: 079
  • Date: 3/09/23
  • Time: 8:48 am
  • Grid ref: SK 17352 73793
  • Type of incident: Climber Injured(1)
  • Team members involved: 18
  • Time taken: 4 hours 30 Mins
  • Total man hours: 81 Hours

Incident report

A climber took a 6-8 metre fall resulting in loss of consciousness and a head injury.

Six team members were tasked from Chatsworth, along with other team members together with Edale Mountain Rescue who were asked to provide assistance and had only recently stood down from a search in Eyam.

Due to the nature of the injury and location, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was tasked to despatch an S-92 helicopter. Along with this asset, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance was tasked, as well as an East Midlands Ambulance Service land ambulance.

Team members, our team paramedic and a Helimed Doctor made their way up the difficult and extremely steep ascent to the casualty’s location.

As the Coast Guard was tasked on another job, there was no estimated time of arrival so a rope system was established as a plan ‘B’.

Just as the lower using the rope system was about to commence, the coastguard helicopter arrived on scene. However, due to the increased downdraught that would be created as a result of the weather conditions when the helicopter was required to hover above the crag when winching, it was decided to continue to use the rope system to lower the casualty on the stretcher to the valley. This was not an easy task through trees, brambles, loose rocks and steep ground in the warm temperatures.

Once in the valley, the casualty was transferred to the land ambulance and onwards to hospital.

We’d like to thank everyone who was involved in this technical rescue, a great example of multi-agency teamwork. Apologies to the residents at Ravensdale Cottages for any inconvenience this may have caused with the vehicles onsite.

We wish the casualty a full recovery.

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