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1991 Incidents, Call Outs and Other Events

8. 21st December. Search. Newbiggin near Ulverston, Cumbria. The Teams SARDA Dog Handler & search dog, Moss, were involved in a search when a man had entered the sea at Newbiggin near Ulverston.

7. 29th November. RTA. 12:00 Hrs. Jnct, A59 & A5209, Burscough. A Team member in one of our 4 x 4 Landrovers witnessed a road traffic accident. One casualty was transported to Ormskirk General Hospital for examination in the Team vehicle.

6. 2nd August. Standby Search. 11:05 Hrs. Rivington Pike Area. Bolton MRT requested the Team to "standby". They were searching for a 15-year-old male. However, the Team was stood down at 13:45 Hrs and not used.

5. 27th May. Local Incident. River Ribble, Frenchwood, Preston. While providing safety cover for the annual Ribble Raft Race a competitor slipped on the steep river banking and sustained a fractured femur (thigh). Pain killing drugs administered to the casualty who was evacuated to a waiting ambulance. 10 Team members assisting with this incident. (5 rescue Person Hours)

4. 26th May. Spot-Pick-up. 19:30 Hrs. Smelt Mill, Trough of Bowland. Two cyclists collided with each other outside the Cottages at Smelt Mill. Both rolled down a steep grassy slope. One sustained hand, elbow and leg injuries whilst the other was uninjured. Two Team members at the cottage treating the injured cyclist.

3. 7th April. Search. 21:30 Hrs. Langden Valley, Trough of Bowland. Search of Bowland Fells for a 6 year old boy who had become separated from his father while on a mountain bike ride over the Fells. Search continued overnight and the boy was found by members of Bolton MRT at approximately 09.00 Hrs the following morning in Black Clough near Langden Castle. The boy stated he had fallen asleep in the bracken only to be woken by the attending RAF Sea King helicopter flying low overhead whilst deploying the search team that eventually found him. Additional teams brought into assist: Bolton, Calder Valley, Holme Valley, Rossendale, RAF Leeming, RAF Stafford, 7 SARDA Search Dogs and local volunteers including farmers, game keepers and beaters. (600 Rescue Person Hours)

2. 28th February. Body Recover. 19:30 Hrs. Longton Marsh, River Ribble. Body of a male, age 20-25, found on Longton Marsh in the afternoon of by farmer. The body was reported to be 3 miles out on the marsh and after a recce by the Police it was decided they had no means of evacuation over that distance, with the very difficult terrain. The Team were requested that same evening but a check on the time and height of the tide ruled out a carry off that day. At first light the following day the Team located the body after a small search in misty conditions and the body was recovered. It was later discovered that the body was that of the 18 year old missing from Clitheroe that we had searched for on the 29th December 1990. See incident 17/1990. (45 Rescue Person Hours)

1. 26th February. Search. 10:55 Hrs. Whittingham, Goosnargh near Preston. Search for a male, aged 79, missing from Whittingham Hospital since the previous day. Police requested the Team to search the grounds and surrounding countryside for this person who suffered from epilepsy. The Team was called out, but at 11.45 Hrs we were stood down before commencing searching when the missing person was located in the grounds by hospital staff. (20 Rescue Person Hours)