The Team were called out shortly after 6pm to rescue a large family group lost on Kinder, two of whom had painful ankle injuries and felt unable to continue. The Duty Controller had used ‘SARLOC’ to locate the party via the GPS on one of their ‘phones, and reporting them as being part way up the Three Knolls Path, below Kinder’s edge path. Due to horrendous weather conditions a helicopter was requested, but was initially unable to assist due to lightning around it’s home airfield. Another of the family party then reported a potentially serious condition and the situation was immediately escalated. After further discussion with the Coastguard helicopter crew, they managed to lift off, having to fly some distance to the North and around to avoid bad weather, before skilfully landing ‘wheels on’ in a hover to enable loading of the priority casualty and rapid transfer to hospital in Manchester.
Many thanks also to our Glossop MRT colleagues who I requested be called out, to assist with stretchering and walking off the two original casualties plus other family members.