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The team were called to assist East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) at around 2pm on Saturday 30th May.

A 72-year-old female had been out walking with her family when she fell around 25 feet off a cliff top path near the Druid’s Inn in Birchover onto a very steep, hard to access slope in densely populated woodland.

After dialing 999, an ambulance crew and the EMAS Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), together with the air ambulance Helimed 54 were dispatched along with mountain rescue. The lady was treated on scene by the Helimed crew, supported by Derby MRT, the HART team and ambulance crew.

A mountain rescue spokesman said: “The lady was placed on a rigid spinal board and then on to a specialist mountain rescue stretcher and passed "hand-over-hand", approximately 200 feet, down a steep, terraced, incline; backed up by a protective rope system. Although this was very steep, difficult, ground, Derby Mountain Rescue train throughout the year for exactly this type of scenario. All four emergency services worked together to ensure the swift and safe evacuation of the casualty; a brilliant example of everyone working well together”

Helimed 54 transported the lady to Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham for further treatment. She had suffered injuiries to her arm and head.

Thirteen mountain rescue volunteers responded to the incident.

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