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Latest Call Outs, Incidents & Other Events. Numbered Incidents are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales

S14. Thursday 18th October. Search. 22:18 Hrs. Skelmersdale. Lancashire Police requested assistance with the developing search for a missing 83-year-old male. Reported suffering with Dementia in the Skelmersdale Area. Request was for a Trailing Search Dog Team. Dog handler from Cheshire Lowland Search & Rescue Team contacted. As he was making contact with the Police we were informed that the missing Person had turned up, safe. Three Team Incident Controllers involved. (1 Rescue Person Hour)

61. Sunday 14th October. Search / Spot-Pick Up. 23:23 Hrs. Hareden Fell, Bowland. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police. Report of two persons, one with lower leg and chest injuries. Location given as near the water treatment works at Langden. Full Team immediately requested to report to our Smelt Mill Headquarters, a few hundred metres down the road from Langden Intake. A further message was then received from the Police. The persons in Langden had been met by a Police Officer and were not the casualties but the informants and the incident had taken place some 4 hours earlier. What was a straight forward incident just got a lot harder. Team members then arrived and were able to determine the position of the casualties from the informants. This turned out to be near David’s Tomb on top of Hareden Fell and we could gain access within 650m of the position given by Land Rover. Five persons immediately dispatched to Hareden. Incident Control set up at Smelt Mill. A second search team was sent into the Langden Valley just in case the missing persons had tried to walk off. Police requested to make a helicopter available. The casualty was located at 01:00 hrs and treated for an ankle injury with both persons feeling the effect of being cold. Police helicopter was not available and with a Coastguard helicopter over an hour away the casualty was stretched to the Land Rover then driven to the road head at Hareden. Casualty handed over to NWAS at 03:30 Hrs for the onward journey to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Seventeen Team members (90 Rescue Person Hours)

60. Sunday 14th October. Search. 10:08 Hrs. Mawdsley, West Lancashire. Lancashire Police requesting use of a dog team to search water where a male, wanted in connection with a serious crime, was thought to have drowned. Team gave advice to the Police and a Drowned Victim Search Dog (DVSD) was deployed but nothing was found. Two Team members co-ordinating with the rest of Team on standby (8 Rescue Person Hours)

Postscript: we understand that a body was located some days later.

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