Visitors to Moorlands beauty spots keep rescue teams busy

EMERGENCY services have been responded to four calls to incidents involving visitors to two popular beauty spots in the Staffordshire Moorlands over an eight-day period.

Yesterday (May 31), there was multi-agency response to Thor's Cave to rescue a woman, believed to be 20 weeks pregnant, and her partner, who had become 'cragfast' on leaving the cave, which stands 260ft above the Manifold Trail.

Derby Mountain Rescue Team and Derby Cave Rescue Organisation freed the couple by creating a 'rope rail' for them to safely negotiate the steep rocky incline to the valley bottom.

Five days earlier(May 26), Derby Mountain Rescue Team responded to a call for assistance from West Midlands Ambulance Service to the same location, after a woman suffered a leg injury on the path below the cave.

She was lowered on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance below and taken to hospital for treatment.

Yesterday's call-out was the Derby Mountain Rescue Team's seventh in a week.

The team's busy spell began with two call-outs to Dovedale within 24 hours.

On May 24, the team came to the assistance of a 37-year-old woman who had sustained a leg injury while walking at Thorpe Cloud.

The following day, a second woman, aged 27, suffered several injuries after falling down a scree on the side of Thorpe Cloud.

Both casualties were taken to hospital for treatment.

Pictured : Derby Mountain Rescue Team on one of their two call-outs to Dovedale.


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