The Team were providing on-scene standby cover, to the New Mills Lantern Procession – which this year had an estimated 14,000 people attending (up from the predicted 10,000). Hundreds of illuminated, hand-made lanterns process through The Torrs (aka “The Park Under The Town”) – with additional fire effects and lighting along the route.
Category: Callouts 2016
The Team were called to assist a walker who had collapsed near to Ashop Head. Hill parties were deployed and an HM Coastguard helicopter was also requested to assist.
Deputy Team Leader
The Team were called to assist a walker with a knee injury who could no longer walk. She was located at the top of Williams Clough and stretchered back to the road head, before being taken to hospital. Thanks to GMRT for their assistance.
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 team were called by the duty controller to assist a lady with a suspected broken ankle.
Whilst the first party were on route to the scene a passing member of Edale MRT came across the incident and was able to assist the casualty and also advise us of her condition and location.
Due to the potentially uncomfortable and painful route back to Hayfield the casualty was evacuated by Air Ambulance.
Thanks to Derwent Julia and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for their assistance.
The team were called out by GMP to a report of 2 walkers and their dogs who were lost and tired. They had reported their position to be around South Head Farm. A SARLOC text was sent but did not get a fix. A first party drove up towards the farm to begin a search and met the pair on the road and so were able to return them to Hayfield.
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.
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.
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.
“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