May 20th 2012 16:35


Following a day of training exercises and fundraising on Sunday 20th May 2012, Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team were called out to rescue a lamb from a remote quarry ledge on the outskirts of Digley, West Yorkshire.  The call was made by a concerned member of the public who had noticed the agitated lamb on the ledge whilst out walking.The Team received the call at 1635hrs and were on scene by 1700hrs.  On arrival at the quarry the lamb was located 60ft up on a precarious ledge.  However, there was a twist.  A local teenager who had been out walking noticed the lamb and climbed the rock face to try and help.  Unfortunately, the lamb had other ideas and had no interest in the teenagers help, ultimately evading capture.  Given the wet and slippery location of the ledge and rock face the teenager was also unable to get down.Team members erected a technical belay system with one of the Team abseiling down on to the ledge from higher up in the quarry.  After a tense stand off leading to a strategic dance around the ledge the lamb was captured, secured in a rescue harness and lowered to safety.  The Wodhead Team member then climbed the slippy rock face to rescue his second casualty, the teenager, also lowering him to safety.Thankfully, both the teenager and the lamb were uninjured in the incident.