Rescuers go to aid of elderly man

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The Buxton Team were called by the North West Ambulance Service on Thursday afternoon following a report of an elderly gentleman from Manchester having fallen more than 16 metres.

Ambulance paramedics and the North West Air-Ambulance were already enroute.

The injured walker was walking with friends when he stumbled and fell down the very steep sided hillside, into an area known as “The Scaurs”, striking his head as he fell. Initial treatment for head and back injuries together with superficial abrasions was provided by the ambulance paramedics.

The incident site was within a kilometre of the Cat & Fiddle Inn, however the steep ground made access difficult and impossible for the helicopter to land nearby.

The team set up a rope rescue system to haul the casualty and stretcher to easier ground and carry the patient from there to the main Macclesfield –Buxton Road (A537). The casualty was then transferred into the waiting aircraft and flown to Wythenshawe Hospital, for further treatment.

Team Chairman Roger Bennett said “ This incident allowed both organisations to work closely together for the benefit of the casualty. The teams expertise in recovering casualties from difficult locations is important, my thanks to team members, the ambulance service and air ambulance crew for a job well done.”