Teenager injured in climbing fall at Black Rocks

Rescue at Black Rocks
Rescue at Black Rocks

A woman was airlifted to hospital with a head injury after a climbing accident on Monday, July 25.

Derby Mountain Rescue Team were called to Black Rocks, near Cromford, where the 18-year-old woman had suffered a head injury after falling over a rocky ledge.

The woman, from Wigan, was one of several group leaders with a party of 20 children who were out for a day of scrambling and climbing, led by a local outdoor activities organization. They were part of a larger group of around 60 children and leaders from the Wigan area who were on holiday in the region.

The accident happened late on Monday afternoon as the group were heading down a rocky route. The woman left the path and stumbled over a ridge, falling onto rocks and sustaining head injuries.

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance were first on scene and provided initial treatment. Derby Mountain Rescue were also called due to the nature of the terrain and the difficult location of the casualty.

Seventeen members of the team attended the incident and were used to package the woman in a full body splint and evacuate her by mountain rescue stretcher from the rocks to the waiting helicopter. She was given additional treatment at the side of the helicopter before being airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

A team spokesman said: “We will not know the full extent of her injuries until she has been examined at hospital, but the fact that she had been wearing a helmet at the time of the incident may well have prevented a more serious outcome. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.”