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

57. Sunday 30th August. Spot Pick-Up 18.02 Hrs. Littledale. Team received a call from the North West Ambulance Service about a 33-year-old male who had fallen down a slope and needed help in extricating in the Littledale area of North Lancashire. On meeting up with the Paramedic from the Ambulance Service, it was very clear from the beginning that this wasn’t going to be a normal call out incident. Initially the actual location of the injured person wasn’t known, so a search had to be commenced. After approximately 45 minutes of searching the area, which included very steep ground and a river, Team members located him. He was found in the river and had landed on some washed up trees and branches, he had fallen over 40 ft, the last part being a vertical drop. Due to the very steep ground, which was hampered by fallen trees the rescue Team had to use rope rescue equipment to evacuate him. After a medical assessment by our Team Medical Officer and Team Doctor, he was then packaged up into a mountain rescue Vacuum mattress and then pulled up the steep ground on the mountain rescue Bell stretcher using rope systems. Due to his injuries, we requested the help of the Coastguard helicopter to evacuate him once we had successfully rescued him to a point where we could transfer him into the helicopter and then onward to Preston Royal Infirmary.
A big thank you to our Team members and the Coastguard for what was a very difficult rescue last night.

56. Sunday 30th August. Spot Pick-Up 15.00 Hrs. Guild Wheel Preston. While cycling around the Guild Wheel a team member came across a 53-year-old male who had just done a wheelie and gone over the back of his bike landing on his lower back. The patient complained of pain in his hips and lower back with discomfort to his abdomen. No obvious other injuries, contact was made to NWAS and ambulance on route. Due to a large demand on the ambulance 1hr 30 mins later the ambulance arrived and a hand over was given.

Post Incident - Patient contacted the team the following day to say thank you and informed that it was just severely bruising and thankfully nothing worse.

55. Friday 28th July. Search. 16:16 Hrs. Longridge Area. Team Leader contacted by the Team Leader of Bolton MRT. They had been contacted by Lancashire Police to see if Mountain Rescue could assist in the search for a vulnerable female, aged 16. Missing since the early hours in the Longridge area. This being our area of operations it was immediately handed over. Fire & Rescue drone had been used during the day. As we deployed, we were informed that the National Police Air Service (NPAS) were also attending. Team stood down on arrival on scene when the good news came that the youngster had been located, safe, by NPAS. Unusually NPAS sent a fixed wing aircraft rather than the helicopters we are used to working with. Nineteen Team members responding to this Incident. Search Dog Team from the Cave Rescue Organisation also responding. (46 Rescue Person Hours)


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