Boy, 7, suffers head injury after rock fall

Derby Mountain rescuers were called to Dovedale after the youngster fell down a steep, rocky slope at the foot of Thorpe Cloud.
Derby Mountain rescuers were called to Dovedale after the youngster fell down a steep, rocky slope at the foot of Thorpe Cloud.

A seven-year-old boy suffered a head injury while walking at a Peak District beauty spot.

Derby Mountain rescuers were called to Dovedale after the youngster fell down a steep, rocky slope at the foot of Thorpe Cloud, on Monday.

The boy had been out with his family and had been scrambling around rocky slopes at the base of the 287m hill when he slipped and tumbled onto rocks.

The Air Ambulance and an EMAS doctor were also called to the scene.

Rescuers transferred him to a stretcher and carried him to a helicopter. He was then flown to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for further treatment.

Owing to the good weather, crowds flock to the popular tourist spot over the holiday period and several members of the public, including an off-duty fireman, assisted the boy and his family whilst the awaiting the emergency services.

This was the third time in just 16 days that the team have been called to incidents in Dovedale and members had been holding a fundraising day at the scene just the day before as part of the annual Mountain and Cave Rescue Awareness weekend.