Six people rescued after attempting to reach dangerous Peak District crash site

Two mountain rescue teams in the Peak District were called out last night (November 26) after six people became stranded while trying to reach a famous landmark they were warned against visiting just last week.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 1:29 pm

Both a couple and a group of four were attempting to visit the B-29 crash site at Higher Shelf Stones near Snake’s Pass.

The site has become popular with people searching for social media post locations due to its eerie landscape and with the wreckage of a crashed B-29 Superfortress.

The rescue operation on Gathering Hill. Photo: Glossop Mountain Rescue Team

The first call came at 4.55pm after a couple who got into difficulties on Gathering Hill above Crooked Clough, following a visit to the B-29 crash site.

One of the party was said to be having difficulty in walking.

They were located on Gathering Hill above Crooked Clough using the phone finder. A fast party was sent in from Snake Summit and quickly came across the lost pair.

A spokesperson for Glossop MRT said: “The male casualty sustained a suspected lower leg fracture and was treated by team members at the scene. It was decided the casualty would need a helicopter to evacuate him from the scene due to the terrain, so the Coastguard helicopter was requested.

A coastguard helicopter was used in the operation. Photo: Glossop Mountain Rescue Team.

“While the rest of the team were making their way to the casualty site, information came in to say a further four people were lost in the same area following an attempted visit to the B-29 crash site,creating another Callout, so team members quickly found the two males and two females above Crooked Clough.”

Team members from Glossop and Kinder tried to walk the four people back to Snake Summit, but the two women were unable to continue due to medical issues.

A coastguard helicopter was on scene to pick up the first casualty, and it was decided also to pick the up the two women from the second lost party and take them to Snake Summit.

Higher Shelf Stones has found unlikely fame on Tik-Tok and Instagram. Photo: Glossop Mountain Rescue Team.

The male casualty with the leg injury was then flown to Stepping Hill hospital for treatment.

Last week Glossop Mountain Rescue Team issued a warning after two incidents near the site in three hours.

They told people not to try to reach the site, saying the “inhospitable” route to and from the crash site, “offers significant challenges for even the most experienced hikers.”

The rescue operation on Gathering Hill. Photo: Glossop Mountain Rescue Team
Mountain Rescue Team members during the operation. Photo: Glossop Mountain Rescue Team