We were called to assist a walker who had fallen over 4m somewhere near the summit of Kinder Scout. It was reported she had suffered injuries to her head, back and leg. We were able to locate the casualty and her two friends using technology to obtain a GPS fix on a mobile phone, putting them at Crowden Tower on the southern edge path. We requested assistance from Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.
Due to the injuries reported from such a fall we requested assistance from an air ambulance to get a medic on scene as quickly as possible. Helimed 54 was again able to assist but was only able to land some distance away near Pym Chair. Our team members started to arrive on scene and it was apparent that due to the steepness of the ground we would need either a rope rescue or a search & rescue helicopter with winching capability.
Around the same time volunteers from Edale Mountain Rescue Team were responding to a separate incident in Grindsbrook. With Helimed 54 on scene we diverted the assistance from Buxton MRT to assist Edale MRT with their rescue.
A HMCG search and rescue helicopter, Rescue 912, was able to respond to our request for help. With concerns about the location and weather we also deployed our rope rescue equipment in case Rescue 912 was unable to winch out the casualty. This transpired to be the case and Rescue 192 flew to Edale Cross to collect our heavy rope equipment and further team members, transporting them to Crowden Tower.
Once the casualty had been safely raised up the hillside to the top of Crowden Tower, she was loaded into Rescue 912 to be flown to hospital in Sheffield with one of our team members. Helimed 54 had departed to respond to another incident in the Hope Valley. We then had to escort the casualty’s two friends and carry all our equipment back to Edale Cross, where our Land Rover awaited to help transport back to our base in Hayfield. The rescue finished once we had travelled to Sheffield for our team member and stretcher.
- Time: 13:01
- Type: Mountain incident
- Location: Crowden Tower, Kinder Scout
- Team members: 23
- Duration: 6.25 hours
- Volunteer hours: 144
- Total volunteer hours for the year: 2,272
Neil Woodhead, Team Leader