Tuesday 26th March 2013
The surprise return of winter has seen Edale Mountain Rescue Team assisting a whole range of people around the Peak over the weekend.
Edale MRT Team Members ploughed on through driving snow to help motorists and holidaymakers at the weekend
Friday night saw team members in two of their Land Rovers rescuing motorists who were stuck in the snow on the A619, the main road between Chesterfield and Baslow.
After several hours digging, towing and transporting drivers, Derbyshire Police asked the team to assist Buxton and Derby MRTs with a similar situation on the A515 near Newhaven.
On Saturday afternoon, the team had the unusual task of rescuing a party! The Landlady of the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Bradwell was stranded with food for her granddaughter's 6th birthday party - Edale MRT were happy to help by delivering the food.
On Sunday, the team were out again assisting yet more drivers on the higher roads throughout our area where strong winds had caused significant snow drifts, completely blocking the road in many places.
In the afternoon, they were contacted by Derbyshire County Council (DCC) Emergency Planning Staff. Three families staying in holiday cottages on Bradwell Moor were snowed in and running out of food and other supplies. After collecting a significant amount of shopping from DCC, they got as close as they could in their Land Rovers before having to abandon the vehicles and carry the supplies the last two kilometres on foot through deep snow driven by strong winds. The families had a number of small children with them and were very pleased to see them! (above)
The team remains on standby for anything else the weather has in store!
For more information about Edale MRT, see their website at www.edalemountainrescue.co.uk
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