Buxton Mountain Rescue Team encounter chaotic 24 hours as snow falls

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) attended an incredible four callouts within 24 hours last week - including injured walkers and stranded motorists.
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The hectic period began on Thursday at around 3.30 pm when two walkers ended up lost on Kinder plateau as darkness fell.

After asking the pair to install an app giving their grid reference Derbyshire Police asked BMRT to find the lost couple and escort them to safety.

Spokesman Darren Hunt told how the walkers were found safe and well, very close to the position indicated by the phone app.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team attended an incredible four call-outs within 24 hoursBuxton Mountain Rescue Team attended an incredible four call-outs within 24 hours
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team attended an incredible four call-outs within 24 hours

However he added: “ An excellent outcome and a reminder to all visitors to the Peak District National Park that winter has arrived - bringing both delights and dangers.”

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The following day at around 3pm the team were stretchering an injured walker from Hillhead quarry as snow fell when police asked rescuers to help stranded motorists on the A54 and then the A537.

While searching for drivers in trouble BMRT were asked to divert to a casualty with an upper body injury.

However they were then informed a district nurse was en-route in a 4X4 - at which point Cheshire Police asked for help warning drivers attempting to drive over the A537 Cat & Fiddle.

Unbelievably, at this point another call came in which resulted in the team stretchering and sledding a walker with an injured knee from the Sparrowpit area.

BMRT thanked members of Kinder and Edale mountain rescue teams who assisted.

Spokesman Darren added: “Following this very busy period, team members returned to both bases to replenish kit and clean the equipment used in-line with our Covid-19 protocols.”

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