Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

  • Call out for year: 53
  • Date: 8/08/20
  • Time: 1:02 pm
  • Grid ref: SK 13782 82966
  • Type of incident: Paraglider Injured(2)
  • Team members involved: 28
  • Time taken: 2 hours 28 minutes
  • Total man hours: 72 hours

Incident report

As team members were on their way up the hillside for incident 51, they were alerted by a member of the public who had seen 2 para gliders crash together on the other side of the hill. A vehicle was immediately tasked around to Treak Cliff Cavern area to check if our assistance was required.

On arrival both pilots had landed on the ground. One pilot was more seriously hurt, and was complaining of back pain and required assistance. Team members arriving from incident 52 were directed to our location.

As incident 51 was coming to a close, more members were available and were able to make their way across the hillside, to the incident site along with two paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service

The casualty was assessed, and once pain relief had been given, they were transferred into a vacuum mattress on a mountain rescue stretcher to be carefully sledged down the steep hillside. Once at the road head a wheel was attached to the stretcher and the casualty were wheeled along the road to a field where the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, had landed.

The casualty was transferred to the helicopter for an onward flight to hospital.

The team would like to convey our best wishes to all the casualties we helped during the day.

With three back to back call outs, and the need to adhere to covid 19 precautions, it was a long day for the mountain rescue team volunteers by the time we had been able to finish for the day.


  1. Richard Haszko

    Huge thankyou for your exemplary professionalism in getting me sorted after my accident. I suffered a fractured vertebra and fractured pelvis. I’m well on the way to mending now.

  2. Richard Doran

    Good to hear from you and glad you’re on the mend.

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