Climbers injured in fall at Castle Naze

Two climbers suffered serious injuries after falling while climbing at Castle Naze Rocks, between Dove Holes and Combs, at about 4pm yesterday (Monday).

Both ended up suspended on a ledge six metres above the ground. They were treated on site for serious head, spinal, pelvic injuries with one of the climbers sustaining internal injuries as well.

The more seriously injured climber was winched into an RAF Seaking helicopter and flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. The second climber was taken by land ambulance to Stepping Hill Hospital.

Neil Carruthers, Buxton Mountain Rescue Team Leader said: “This was a highly complex rescue, involving two climbers with serious injuries suspended on a rock face in the dark.

“The close cooperation and skills of all involved ensured a safe recovery of the casualties, our grateful thanks to the RAF Search and Rescue Flight at RAF Leconfield, the East Midlands Ambulance Service and our own team members for a job very well done.”