Kinder Mountain Rescue Team
Saving lives in wild and remote places

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29: Incident on A515 at Buxton – Saturday 9th July 2016

Whilst en-route home from the White Peak Walk, in the dark gloom, and driving the ‘humpbacks’ just south of Buxton, on the A515 Ashbourne Road, we encountered a stationery vehicle and motorcycle – with a man lying in the road, clearly injured. Whilst a Casualty Carer provided immediate medical assessment and care, I raised the alarm with Police/Ambulance via our Airwave radio and other team members marshalled the traffic (which can travel at high speed along this stretch of road). Once the ambulance had arrived and further triaged the casualty, it transpired that he had been drinking earlier, was trying to walk to his girlfriends and had taken a tumble into the road where he was found by the passing vehicle and motorcycle. He is one VERY lucky-to-be-alive young man as the outcome would certainly have been fatal had the traffic not seen him in the road.

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26-28: White Peak Walk – Saturday 9th July 2016

Whilst providing safety cover and a sweep team for the White Peak Walk Event (celebrating it’s 30th year in 2016), the team first attended to a suspected broken wrist, where the gentleman involved had taken a tumble before even reaching the first checkpoint. Initial assessment by a team Casualty Carer was borne out by an EMAS Paramedic (and member of Edale MRT) who attended our 999 call, and the gentleman was then taken off to hospital for further treatment. The other incidents involved some serious (and extremely painful) blistering to feet.

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25: Callout Wednesday 6th July 2016

The team were called out late afternoon after a couple had become disorientated whilst trying to follow the old Pennine Way route over the plateau from Kinder Downfall over to the Southern Edges. Having tried to back-track their route they realised they couldn’t re-locate the stream they had followed and (wisely) took the decision to stay put and raise the alarm. Soon after deploying Search Dog Shep with Dolly, I was able to make contact with one of the missing pair and confirm their location from a GPS position. Dolly then located them and they were walked off to a waiting team vehicle at Edale Cross.

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Ken Blakeman RIP

“It is with great sadness that Kinder Mountain Rescue Team announce the death of long-standing team member, Ken Blakeman. Ken, aged 69, from Great Moor, Stockport, has been a stalwart of the team for over 40 years and was the Team’s Chairman. He was also Chairman of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation, helping to guide not only his own team, but also the other 6 teams that make up the organization.

Ken collapsed on the hill during a call-out on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd July 2016, whilst making his way up onto Kinder to assist a young Duke of Edinburgh walker in distress. Despite the best efforts of his teammates, and the assistance of a Helimed crew, Ken was pronounced dead on arrival at Sheffield Northern General Hospital.

He leaves a wife, Sandra, and sons Paul and Carl.

Team Leader Neale Pinkerton said, “Ken was a true gentleman, the nicest man you could hope to meet. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and was always ready to help others, whatever the time, weather or season – Mountain Rescue in general and Kinder Team particularly have lost a great friend.”

Ken was a full and active member of the team, regularly out on the hill during call-outs and will be sadly missed but fondly remembered for his humility, warmth and generous spirit, always ready to offer encouragement, support or advice to team members old and new.”

Gone but never forgotten

Kinder MRT