High Tor, Matlock Bath

Whilst the team were fundraising at Dovedale, they were called to a 22yo male with serious multiple injuries located at the foot of High Tor in Matlock Bath.

He had fallen over 25 meters and was discovered by an A&E doctor who was passing en route to go climbing. As Edale Mountain Rescue Team were also fundraising in nearby Bakewell, they were also asked to attend as was a member of Buxton MRT who lived locally. In addition, the DLRAA air ambulance was also called as well as a BASICS doctor (a specialist trained to provide medical support at the scene of an accident or major medical emergency) and an EMAS ambulance crew. 

 

The casualty was recovered to a narrow footpath by mountain rescue members and due to the casualty’s condition, a request was made to the recently launched Bristow SAR (Search and Rescue) helicopter service to provide one of their craft with winching capabilities. A Sikorsky S92, the replacement for the RAF Sea King helicopter, was subsequently dispatched from their base at Hull and was able to winch the casualty on a stretcher from high above the tree tops.  This saved a long and very difficult stretcher carry, which would have delayed the casualty getting to hospital.

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