Climbers come to the aid of woman who fell from rock

Climbers from the University of Portsmouth helped rescue a woman after she fell 15 feet from a rock face
Climbers from the University of Portsmouth helped rescue a woman after she fell 15 feet from a rock face
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A TEAM of climbers from the University of Portsmouth helped rescue a woman after she fell 20ft from a rock face.

Adam Tyler, 22 and Tom Penrose, 21, were first on the scene to aid the 25-year-old female student after she suffered head and arm injuries.

She had plunged from the rock in the Heaven Crack area at Stanage Edge, near Hathersage in the Peak District.

A mix of novice and experienced climbers from the university’s climbing society were on their first expedition of the academic year when they came across the incident.

All 20 of the climbers from Portsmouth assisted in getting the injured woman to safety.

Mat Mitchell, 21, from the University of Portsmouth Mountaineering and Climbing Club committee, said: ‘She had hit her head and had a nasty cut from the helmet.

‘She had mild concussion but was conscious the whole time.

‘The route to the path was steep but with all of us involved we were able to take the woman down the steep incline at about walking pace, before the rescue team took over.

‘It was lucky we had experienced first aid trained climbers who were first on the scene

‘It showed our new climbers the worst-case scenario but also showed them how good mountain rescue are – it was their second fastest response time this year.’

The Edale Mountain Rescue Team and emergency services were alerted after the woman, from the Newcastle Students’ Union Mountaineering Club, fell at 5pm last Saturday.

Club president Christine Hall praised the University of Portsmouth students for their help.

She said: ‘One of the Portsmouth boys was holding her head in traction to prevent any potential neck injury until she was on a stretcher.’

‘Our club members are grateful for the help they received by members of the Portsmouth club.

‘They were mature and professional in following instructions by the Edale Mountain Rescue Team.

‘The evacuation of the casualty was well organised and efficiently carried out, with a team of Portsmouth club members forming a train to pass the stretcher down.

‘The casualty was transported to hospital and was later discharged with superficial injuries – she was out climbing again the next day. I’d like to say a massive thank you to Portsmouth club and especially to Edale Mountain Rescue Team for their help.’

Charles Bartlett, a member of the Edale Mountain Rescue team, added: ‘A lot of the students helped in the rescue – they were extremely helpful.

‘The more people we can get to help after the rescue team have placed the casualty on the stretcher, the better.’