Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team had an incident packed Tour de France weekend ... and then had to deal with a tragedy on the moors.

Before the cyclists came through, a fell party was dispatched to a man who had collapsed in the road on the way up to the summit.

Team members and paramedics stabilised the casualty by the roadside until the race had passed and he was able to be evacuated.

Shortly after the race passed heavy rain fell and HVMRT members distributed ponchos and foil blankets to members of the crowd who were less equipped to deal with the conditions.

 

During the exodus from the hill, a men landed heavily after climbing over a wall and was treated at the scene for a suspected ankle fracture.

The injury was splinted under analgesia and he was then transported to hospital.

A second ankle injury was reported on a footpath south of Holme Village. A fell party was dispatched to locate the casualty and discovered the victim had a lower-leg fracture.

On Monday evening the team was sent to help a woman who had collapsed whilst walking her dog on Meltham Moor.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of team members, paramedics and the crew of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the casualty was unable to be revived.

On Monday team members also found a missing pensioner after they spotted an elderly man wandering near their Marsden headquarters.

The man had been absent from his home over 20 miles away for two days and a police search had been mobilised.

A team spokesman said: “This is a pretty amazing little story – it’s the first time in the team’s history, as far as I’m aware, that a missing person has come and found us!”

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