Buxton Mountain Rescue Team members were assembling at Upper Booth, near Edale on Saturday evening, preparing for a training exercise in the Crowden Brook area. When information was received about an incident in Crowden Brook. Team members had come across a party of 5 from Melton Mowbray, undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh Award practise expedition.
One group member a 16 year old girl, had aggravated a previous pelvic injury whilst descending from Crowden Tower, which made continuing the walk impossible. The training exercise was immediately aborted and a full team call-out was initiated Team personnel were quickly on scene and stabilised the casualties condition, which included pain relief. She was placed into a vacuum mattress and then onto a mountain rescue stretcher and a slow evacuation down Crowden Brook began.
However due to the nature of the injury and the difficult ground conditions, a helicopter evacuation was requested. Advice was also sought from a doctor member of our neighbouring Edale Team. During the time taken for the helicopter to travel to scene from its base at RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire, the slow evacuation continued. Darkness had fallen by the time the aircraft arrived, however it couldn’t land on due to the steep nature of the terrain. The casualty was winched into the aircraft and flown to the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield for further treatment.