Teen’s cliff plunge horror

Rescue at Black Rocks
Rescue at Black Rocks

A WIGAN teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after an horrific fall during a climbing trip.

The 18-year-old woman suffered head injuries after falling over a rocky ledge at Black Rocks, near Cromford, Derbyshire.

The woman, who has not been named, was one of several group leaders with a party of 20 children, who were out for a day of scrambling and climbing, led by a local outdoor activities organisation.

They were part of a larger group of around 60 children and leaders from the Wigan area who were on holiday in the region.

The accident happened late on Monday afternoon, as the group were heading down a rocky route.

The woman left the path and stumbled over a ridge, falling on to rocks.

She was wearing a protective helmet at the time of the incident, which rescuers believe may have saved her life.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance were first on scene and provided initial treatment.

Derby Mountain Rescue were also called due to the nature of the terrain and the difficult location of the casualty.

Seventeen members of the team attended the incident and managed to move her to a nearby cemetery where she awaited rescue.

The woman was placed in a full body splint and evacuated by mountain rescue stretcher from the rocks to the waiting helicopter.

She was given additional treatment at the side of the helicopter before being airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre. The victim’s parents are now by her side in hospital.

A spokesman for Derby Mountain Rescue said: “We will not know the full extent of her injuries until she has been examined at hospital, but the fact that she had been wearing a helmet at the time of the incident may well have prevented a more serious outcome. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.”