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York climber in Peak District fall horror
A CLIMBER from York is recovering in hospital after falling from a crag in the Peak District.
The 45-year-old woman, who is a physiotherapist, suffered multiple fractures to both legs when she fell 15ft on to a ledge about 50 feet above the ground at Millstone Edge, near Hathersage.
Edale Mountain Rescue Team spokesman Martin Gorman said its team was quickly on the scene after being called out, and a doctor was lowered on to the ledge while other team members set up a rope system to recover the climber.
“She was treated on the ledge for serious multiple fractures to both legs as well as potential pelvic and spinal injuries, while a stretcher was manoeuvred carefully into position,” he said.
“She was sedated in order to allow her legs to be splinted before being loaded on to the stretcher and lowered to the ground.
“She was then carried to the Derbyshire, Leicester-shire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and flown to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.”
He said doctors later discovered she had not suffered serious pelvic or spinal injuries but her legs were both fractured, with one especially badly injured.
He said surgeons had pinned and plated her legs and she was now recovering in hospital.
“This was an unusual job for the team and one in which our training really paid dividends, allowing the safe and rapid recovery of a badly injured casualty from a difficult situation,” he said.
He said the woman was an experienced climber who had been accompanied on the climb by a doctor.
He said the rescue team, whose website address is edalemountainrescue.co.uk, was a registered charity staffed entirely by volunteers and supported by public donations and received no financial support from national or local Government.
It worked 24/7 and carried out about 100 rescues a year.