Category: News

24: Callout Sunday 27th May 2018

The team were alerted to assist in locating a child who had become separated from his family whilst walking on Kinder. Having spoken to his father, there was a strong feeling that the child had been seen on the edge path following the family’s intended route. In the hope that he had made his way down, we initially went to check the family car and the routes down to it. At the same time a request was made for NPAS helicopter support, which had already been tasked. Whilst checking the roads and speaking to walkers coming off the hill, a team member was told that a child matching the description had been seen at the bottom of William Clough. This was passed onto the NPAS crew who were able to check and it was shortly confirmed that the child had been assisted by other walkers and reunited with his father.

A good result all round.

Neale Pinkerton

Team Leader

20: Callout Saturday 14th April 2018

As we were fund raising at Go Outdoors in Stockport, we were called to assist a young man who had sustained a suspected fractured ankle. Further to discussions with a member of the party, we knew they were well into the plateau and thus was going to involve a very long evacuation. Their position was confirmed by a SARLOC. A request was made for assistance by the Coastguard and fortunately Rescue 912 was able to come and evacuate the casualty to Sheffield for hospital treatment. We reached the remainder of the party as the aircraft left and escorted them back to the top of Jacobs Ladder where they descended back into Edale.

Neale Pinkerton

Team Leader

18: Callout Sunday 1st April 2018

The team were called to assist a fell runner who had been knocked unconscious whilst descending Sandy Heys. 2 Passing walkers had come to his assistance and made him comfortable whilst we were making our way there. Assistance had also been requested from the Coastguard and Rescue 912 was able to come in and take him to hospital in Sheffield for assessment.

Neale Pinkerton

Team Leader

17: Callout Saturday 31st March 2018

The team were asked to assist in the search for a missing lady from the Sandy Lane area of Romiley. As we were gathering at Romiley Golf Club and beginning to put together a search plan, news came through that she had been found by a police unit. Our team doctor went with Glossop MRT to assess her, before she was taken back to her home to await an ambulance.

Neale Pinkerton

Team Leader

12 and 13: Callouts Thursday 1st March 2018

The team were asked initially to assist an ambulance crew reach a lady at a local farm. This job was stood down, then we were straight away tasked to support Derbyshire CC with clearing the main routes in the area. Our team were asked to follow a plough from Chapel to Glossop, assisting any drivers they found. En route they found 2 cars stuck on Marsh Lane, and evacuated 2 drivers back to New Mills. They then proceeded round and followed over to Hayfield. After a quick crew change, the vehicles carried on to the Monks Road / Plough pub area where one of the gritters had got stuck. They waited till it was released and the drivers able to proceed down into Glossop before returning to base.

Neale Pinkerton

Team Leader

11: Callout Thursday, 1st March 2018

An elderly lady in Hayfield village had pressed her emergency call alarm a number of times. Due to the adverse weather, the carers were unable to get to her. We took our landrover and checked out the situation. The lady had had a minor accident and was frightened. We were able to resolve her situation, including the provision of a cup of tea and a hot water bottle.

10: Callout Sunday 25th February 2018

Some of the team were just finishing their training with the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter when a call came to assist an injured walker. A hill party were quickly taken to the scene to treat the injured walker, and the helicopter was able to wait to then lift them to hospital once the initial assessment and pain relief had been done. As usual, the whole team were mobilised and started making their way to the scene incase the helicopter had to leave and we needed to stretcher the casualty off the hill.

Neale Pinkerton

Team Leader

5: Callout Saturday 27th January 2018

The team were asked to help locate 2 walkers who had become lost in the clag. Information from them was limited due to a poor phone signal and limited battery. The Kinder Plan was initiated with all 4 teams starting to cover their designated areas, though the area around the 636m spot height seemed possible.

As we were deploying our first party to that location, news came that passing walkers had found our cas party and were walking them back to Edale. The issue then became confirming this and ensuring they had got off before all the teams could stand down. Eventually a Buxton party came across them and were able to escort them off the hill and all the other teams to stand down.

Neale Pinkerton

Team Leader

46: Callout Saturday, 2nd December 2017

Just 24 minutes after standing the team down from callout 45, we were again called out to locate two lost walkers on Kinder Scout plateau. Information was limited but the south west corner was highlighted as the most likely area to search. Having just returned from the hill, team members knew visibility was limited and this could be a long and extensive search.

Buxton MRT were immediately called to assist us and Kinder hill parties were deployed to Edale Cross by Land Rover to commence searching the high probability areas. Following a review of our limited intel, we discussed the search with the Duty Controller and decided to activate the full Kinder Plan. Edale and Glossop MRTs were then activated, both of whom had also been involved in callouts earlier.

SARLOC was then successful once again and the location identified as north east of Kinder Low trig point. This was right on the search path of our first hill party and they were quickly able to locate the two lost walkers. They were walked back to the waiting Land Rovers and driven back to base in Hayfield.

A second successful callout and once again SARLOC made the search much easier and quicker. This is an invaluable tool that enables us to identify missing walkers locations from the GPS in their mobile phones.

We stood down at 22.50 and now the night was no longer young, but we had successfully found a total of 7 lost walkers and a dog over the previous hours.

Many thanks to our unpaid volunteers for turning out, to the support their families give them and to our friends in Buxton, Glossop and Edale MRTs for assisting. It had been a busy day for the teams around Kinder.

Neil Woodhead

Deputy Team Leader