Heights Of Abraham

The team were called to the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath on Friday afternoon (March 27th)  in order to rescue a woman with an injured leg from a difficult location.

The local woman had been out walking with her husband high above Matlock Bath on public footpaths close to the popular attraction, when she slipped and caused a painful injury to her ankle.  A local Community First Responder was first on scene, followed by an EMAS ambulance crew, but due to the location of the incident, the team were also called to attend.

Twenty members of the team responded to the call and those members who arrived first made their way up the hill to the casualty’s location on foot and using a Land Rover vehicle.  As the incident happened close to the Heights of Abraham park, the attraction’s management were contacted and a request was made to use the park’s famous cable cars to get equipment and more personnel up to the top.  The park were happy to make their facilities available and the cable cars were then configured to run at their highest speed to bring equipment up to the scene.

After treatment on site, the woman was evacuated by the team back to the cable car and three cars were used to carry her, supported by team members, back down to the car park and across to a waiting ambulance.

She was then taken to Chesterfield hospital for further treatment.

A team spokesman said: “We’re very grateful to the team at the Heights of Abraham for making their facilities available to us. It certainly made the evacuation much easier as vehicular access was not available and it would have been a long and potentially painful stretcher carry for the casualty.”

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