Accident on Black Hill

The team was called by Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) 1559hrs on 1st December to assist a casualty on the Pennine Way thought to have suffered a fractured leg near to Black Hill summit.

A full team call out was issued at 1604hrs for a rendezvous at Wessenden Head. On arrival police officers were heading for the scene and the light from the casualty’s torch was visible in the darkness.

Due to fading light, the Air Ambulance was unavailable and due to the length of a potential stretcher evacuation a decision was made to call in members of Oldham MRT to assist with the carry.

An initial party was sent to the scene with splints and analgesia to make the casualty comfortable while the logistics of the evacuation were organised.

It was decided to use the Issues Road track to gain the closest possible access to the casualty site by 4×4, and several HVMRT and OMRT vehicles were dispatched up the track with personnel and equipment to make an evacuation.

The initial party on scene found the casualty had suffered a severe lower leg fracture, but was otherwise in good spirits, well equipped and able to keep himself warm and comfortable.

By 1826hrs the casualty had been successfully transferred to a mountain rescue stretcher and the two teams began to carry him off the hill. After a 15 minute carry he was able to be transferred to an MR Land Rover and was evacuated down Issues track to Holme Village to the waiting road ambulance.

Team members were stood down at 1949 hrs. 20 members of HVMRT and 18 members of OMRT attended.

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