Climber injured in fall thanks rescuers

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A climber who was airlifted to hospital amid fears he had sustained a serious back injury astounded his rescuers by turning up to their collection a day later to say thank you.

The 24-year-old from Norwich was the lead climber on a route at the Roaches, on Sunday. He fell about ten metres, hitting the cliff wall on his way down, after part of his rope system had failed.

He suffered back and facial injuries and was treated on site by the ambulance service paramedics.

Members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team carried him to the waiting Midlands Air Ambulance and he was flown to the University Hospital North Staffs for further treatment.

Neil Carruthers, Team Leader, said “This climber was wearing a helmet which undoubtedly had saved him from further head injuries.

“Unbelievably he turned up whilst we were fundraising in Buxton on Bank Holiday Monday to thank the team personally.

“Thankfully his injuries were not as serious as first thought.”