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Call Outs, Incidents & Other Events.
Incidents are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales
7. 31st January. Search. 10:05 Hrs. Caton near Lancaster. Team
requested to search for a vulnerable male, missing for some three days. Search
of farmland, woods and the bank of the River Lune required. Just after the Team
arrived at the RV at Bull Beck, a helicopter from the National Police Air
Service arrived. Unfortunately, on the helicopters first sweep of the area a
body was discovered in a field on the north bank of the River Lune. Team was
able to access within 700m of the casualty site and, after the Police had
completed their processes, the body was recovered to a Team 4 x 4 Landrover and
transported to Lancaster. 20 Team members attending this incident with others
stood down responding. Our thoughts are with the missing person’s family and
friends at this time. (80 Rescue Person Hours)
6. 29th January. Local Incident. 23:41 Hrs. Wheelton near Chorley.
Team Incident Controllers contacted by the North West Ambulance Service. Due to
the snow and icy roads, they were having difficulty reaching a remote
residential home in the Wheelton area. A male, aged 72 had fallen from a roof
some 24 hours earlier and was now having difficulty breathing. Four Team members
with one of our Landrover Ambulances from Penwortham attended. It was decided to
transport the casualty the short distance to Chorley A & E with an NWAS
Paramedic on our vehicle. This task was completed by 01:10 Hrs. Second Landrover
with two Team members as backup responding from our Garstang base. (12 Rescue
5. 25th January. Search. 17:46 Hrs. Glasson Dock, Morecambe Bay.
Team Controllers Group paged by Lancashire Police with a request to join an
urgent search for a missing windsurfer in Morecambe Bay off the coast by Glasson
Dock. The male, aged 61, a very experienced windsurfer, had become separated from
colleagues in fog. The team’s role in incidents like this is to search the
coastal path and inland from the coast just in case someone has made it ashore.
This allows colleagues from Coastguard SAR and the RNLI to concentrate on the
tidal marshes and sea. The Team stood down just after 22:00 hrs having searched
some 20 Km’s of coastal path between Knott End and Glasson Dock. Nothing was
found. Thanks to the members of Coastguard SAR that joined out search parties
and provide local knowledge. Resources involved in this large scale search
incident included a Police helicopter, Ambulance HART Team, RAF SAR Sea King
helicopter, RNLI, Coastguard SAR and Bay Search & Rescue Team. 29 Team members
attending this incident. (116 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. The body of the missing windsurfer was located the following day on
Middleton Sands in the Bay. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to the
missing persons family and friends at this sad time.
Langden Castle in the heart of our area.