TWO CALLOUTS TO THORPE CLOUD IN 12 HOURS

Our first callout was whilst fundraising at a very busy Dovedale on Sunday 27th August.

The team received a call just after midday to assist the West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance with a 12 year old boy who had fallen on Thorpe Cloud sustaining a head injury and deep laceration to his leg. He was treated by the Air Ambulance crew, and lowered by the team to the bottom of the hill with a protected rope belay system where he was transferred to the Helicopter and flown to hospital for further treatment. A community first responder had also been called to the scene.

The second callout came at 11:30pm when the Police called us out after they received reports of a few short sequences of flashing light coming from a static location on Thorpe Cloud. There were concerns that this could be a lost or injured walker trying to signal for help. With the full team on standby, a small section of six team members with a team vehicle deployed onto the hill to sweep the area on foot.

No lights were visible from Thorpe Cloud but a wide line search was carried out just to make sure there was nobody in distress. Upon reaching the top of Thorpe cloud they found a group of four tents whose occupants had all turned in for the night. After a quick check with one of the campers, they confirmed they had been using their head torches at about the time of the reports.

The full team was stood down and those on the hill continued the sweep to ensure nobody else was on the hill. The vehicle was returned to base and made ready for the next callout, the team members left for home at 2am.

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