Derby Mountain Rescue Team were called on Friday afternoon (August 4th) at around 4pm to a fallen climber at High Tor in Matlock Bath. 

The man, who had been visiting from London, had been climbing with a friend when a difficult move caused him to dislocate his shoulder and fall from the rock. His climbing partner arrested the fall using the rope to which he was attached, but a heavy landing caused injury to an ankle as well. Due to the extremely difficult location, the pair called for Mountain Rescue to assist.

Twelve voluntary Derby team members responded to the call and the injured man was treated on scene by a team paramedic. As the man was in a great deal of pain and the carry out by stretcher would have taken several hours and been very uncomfortable due to the extreme terrain, a HM Coastguard helicopter was called, which has the ability to winch a casualty on a stretcher.

The Coastguard helicopter arrived on scene just after 6pm and carried out a difficult manoeurvre to hover just above the cliff face and winch up the stretcher within the very narrow gap between the rock face and the trees at the foot of the cliff. The man was then flown to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield for treatment.

A team spokesman said: “We’re grateful to the crew of the HM Coastguard helicopter. Their skilled flying prevented us having to undertake a very difficult carry out, which would have been extremely arduous for the casualty.”