Suffolk climber killed in Peak District

A WOMAN from Suffolk has died in a fall while out climbing with friends in the Peak District.

A WOMAN from Suffolk has died in a fall while out climbing with friends in the Peak District.

The 32-year-old, who was from the Woodbridge area, died after she fell around 15 feet while attempting the Zig Zag crack climb near Robin Hood's Cave, at Stanage Edge at 1.30pm on Saturday.

A doctor who was climbing nearby rushed to help and offered first aid, along with a member of Edale Mountain Rescue Team who was also in the area.

More members of the rescue team, a road ambulance and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance also attended but the woman, who hit the ground head first, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

A spokesman for the Edale Mountain Rescue Team said: “The casualty was not breathing and advanced life support techniques were employed in an attempt to resuscitate her.

“An RAF Sea King helicopter was requested by the team to winch the casualty directly from the accident site.

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“Sadly, despite intense and prolonged efforts by all the medical staff and Edale team members present, she was pronounced dead at the scene.”

He added: “Fatal climbing accidents are fortunately extremely rare in the Peak District but they do happen from time to time and they serve to remind everyone who ventures into the outdoors that these activities can never be entirely risk free.

“The team would like to express their very sincere condolences to the family and friends of the casualty.”

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