The team were called out to Thorpe Cloud on Saturday afternoon (11th August) to evacuate a 25 year old woman who had slipped and injured her ankle whilst descending the hill towards the famous Dovedale Stepping Stones.
The woman had been out walking with a friend when they climbed to the top of the popular 287m high hill. As they made their way down to the bottom section of the path, she slipped, injuring her ankle and was unable to continue. An EMAS ambulance crew were first on scene and provided initial treatment. Fifteen members of the mountain rescue team also attended to evacuate her from the steep slope. A specialised rescue stretcher and rope backup system were used to get her to the bottom of the hill and across the river to the waiting ambulance. She was then taken to the Royal Derby Hospital for further treatment.
The path from the top of Thorpe Cloud to the stepping stones is the single most common location for callouts for the team, having been called to incidents on the same path four times so far this year and many times in previous years. This is due mainly to the sheer number of people who visit the area and climb to the top of the hill, which is the stand out feature of the Dovedale area.
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