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Busy year for Peak District rescuers

Stanage Edge
Image caption The 102nd rescue was carried out at Stanage Edge

A Peak District mountain rescue team says this year is likely to be one of the busiest on record after volunteers were called out more than 100 times.

The Edale team attended its 102nd incident in 2010 on Monday, when a climber was injured falling about 25ft (eight metres) at Stanage Edge.

Edale rescuers are normally called out on average 100 times a year.

Incidents have included the rescue of lost or injured walkers or mountain bikers and searches for missing people.

They have taken over 2,000 "person hours" to complete, according to the team.

A spokesman said: "The year has been a busy one from the off, beginning with the severe winter conditions in January and February."

He added: "None of this could have been done without the continued dedication of team members, their families, employers and every supporter of the team, all of whom contribute a great deal, albeit in different ways, to the successful running of EMRT (Edale Mountain Rescue Team)."

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