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Climber rescued by RAF helicopter

Posted in: Leg Injuries Personal Injury 

A RAF helicopter rescued a man with serious injuries after falling 25ft (7.6m) down a cliff-face. The 22-year-old had been climbing in Derbyshire when he fell down a crag into a very difficult-to-reach area. The Derby Mountain Rescue team rescued him with a Sea King helicopter that had come from RAF Leconfield in East Yorkshire.

The man had been climbing High Tor in Matlock Bath when the accident happened on Saturday afternoon (23 August).  Derby Mountain Rescue found him at the foot of a crag with serious leg and facial injuries. The team succeeded in putting him on a stretcher and winching him up to the helicopter, despite the exceedingly difficult conditions.

Paramedic lowered down the crag

Kevin Corcoran from Derby Mountain Rescue said: “The difficulty of the path back to the road meant carrying the stretcher out would take a considerable amount of time and require rope protection at key stages.” As a result, a Sea King helicopter had to be sent from the RAF, which lowered one of the paramedics down the crag in order to winch the casualty up to the helicopter.

Those involved in the rescue were Derby Mountain Rescue, East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue and Derbyshire Police.

The climber is currently in a stable condition and is receiving treatment for his injuries at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

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