Mountain rescue volunteers have been called out to a church tower - to evacuate an injured bell-ringer down a narrow staircase.
Members of Derby Mountain Rescue Team performed the unusual act of deliverance at Brailsford Church yesterday using a full-body splint and other specialist equipment.
A spokesman for the non-profit-making organisation said the female casualty fell to the ground, suffering arm and hip injuries, after becoming entangled in a rope.
The bell-ringer was given medical attention by mountain rescue volunteers and carried to ground level after being placed into a vacuum mattress.
She was then taken to the Royal Derby Hospital by ambulance for further treatment.
Commenting on the call-out, the mountain rescue team spokesman said: "Due to the extremely narrow stairway leading to the tower, the team's expertise was called on to evacuate the casualty.
"We often get called to incidents that people would never associate with mountain rescue, but I believe this is a first for the team.
"We're just happy to have been able to help and wish the woman a speedy recovery."