The Roaches

  • Call out for year: 039
  • Date: 19/05/22
  • Time: 10:44 am
  • Grid ref: SK 00500 62400
  • Type of incident: Climber Injured(1)
  • Team members involved: 17
  • Time taken: 2 Hours
  • Total man hours: 34 Hours

Incident report

A climber had taken a 10-metre fall whilst ascending a route near to ‘Chicken Run’.

Unfortunately, the casualty landed quite heavily at the base of the crag. A walker who was passing by raised the alarm and the team responded, as did Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The air ambulance medics were first on scene and provided initial care, quickly administering pain relief as the casualty had suspected fractured ribs, wrist and complained of back pain.

As team members arrived, the stretcher was assembled and the casualty was very carefully loaded onto it.

With the help of all involved, including a local outdoor instructor, the stretcher was moved using a hand-over-hand method to the awaiting helicopter. Once the casualty was safely on board, the helicopter crew transported the climber to hospital.

There was some initial confusion as to the exact location of the casualty, as the What 3 Words again placed the casualty in a different area.

If possible, especially in remote areas, please give us a grid reference instead, as we find this is usually more accurate.

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