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2002 Incidents and Call Outs
51. 11th December
Search 20.05 hrs
Fulwood. Team called to search for missing male aged 52 described as
vulnerable and on medication. After a five hour search the man was located
suffering from mild hypothermia and treated.
50. 16th November
Search 20.00 hrs
Ormskirk. Team asked to search for missing Cub Scout, who had run off after
an argument. Scout Leaders found the youth just as the Team was mobilising.
49. 16th November
Spot Pick Up
10.00 hrs Cross-of-Grete, Forest of Bowland. Report of 78 year old male,
with suspected broken leg, the gentleman was part of a shooting party who fell
off a vehicle that was transporting him to the top of the fell. Northwest Air
Ambulance was also in support.
48. 1st November
Search 14.00 hrs
Beacon Country Park, Skelmersdale. Search for missing male aged 17. The
youth turned up safe & well whilst Team was on route.
47. 20th October
Spot Pick Up
14.00 hrs Croasdale Fell, Forest of Bowland. Injured Male; Team called to
standby, however the Northwest Air Ambulance was first on scene. Team stood down
as not required.
09.00 hrs Leyland. Search for missing 76-year-old female with known heart
condition. After an hour of searching the Police informed the Team that the lady
had been traced via her mobile phone. The Team stood down shortly afterwards.
45. 10th October
16.55 hrs Blackpool. Search of open countryside near to Blackpool golf
course for missing vulnerable 82-year-old female. After fresh information the
lady was located safe and sound at 18.55 hrs on land at the back of Blackpool
Airport / Lytham St.Annes.
44. 7th October
Spot Pick Up
11.00 hrs Rivington Pike. Report of male with cardiac problems in the
Rivington Pike / Belmont area. Whilst the Team Leader was taking details it was
reported that a Lancashire Ambulance crew had located the man in a car on a lay
by on the Belmont to Rivington road. Team stood down - not required.
43. 5th October
Spot Pick Up
10.15 hrs Morecambe. Team called to assist Lancashire Ambulance Service
after an elderly lady had fallen in her home. The Team had a Landrover attending
a fund raising Flag Day in Lancaster and this was immediately dispatched
arriving at the ladies home within 8 minutes. The lady was made comfortable
whilst the Team waited for the ambulance to arrive.
42. 30th September
Spot Pick Up
15.00 hrs Nicky Nook, Garstang. Team called to assist Lancashire
Ambulance after an elderly man had been reported with chests pains on the summit
of Nicky Nook.
41. 29th September
Safety Cover /
Search / Spot Pick Up
As 40 but this time on
Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales. Fell walkers had reported that a competitor had
suffered an epileptic attack whilst descending Ingleborough. Team members were
sent to investigate only to find that the competitor had been ‘walked off’ by
friends and was later found on Simon Fell by the Cave Rescue Organisation who
were also called to this incident.
40. 29th September
Safety Cover / Search /
Spot Pick Up
Whernside, Yorkshire Dales, Three Peaks Cyclo Cross. The Team provides
safety cover for this annual event (and has done for over 40 years). Team dealt
with an injured competitor who had fallen from his bike suffering a suspected
39. 15th September
hrs Whitendale, Forest of Bowland.
Team was placed on standby after a
mountain biker in the Whitendale area had reported hearing emergency whistles.
Three Team members, who were currently based at our Smelt Mill Headquarters,
investigated only to find that there had been a group of walkers with children
that had been “messing about”. The Team was stood down a short time later.
38. 28th August
Spot Pick Up 17.15 hrs M65 Eastbound.
Team Called to assist
Lancashire Ambulance Service on the M65 junction 3. A youth had fallen from a
rope swing. Due to the steep ground the Northwest Air Ambulance was unable to
37. 19th August
21.20 hrs Bamber Bridge,
Team called to search woodland in
the Bamber Bridge area, for missing male aged 34 believed to be suicidal.
However after an initial search the Team was withdrawn due to the man making a
mobile phone call and a "cell search" indicated call was made within 500 meters
of Preston Guildhall. The Team was stood down at 23.34hrs, and the police later
found the man at 05.20hrs. Two members of SARDA and their dogs also assisted.
36. 16th August
Spot Pick Up
12.10 hrs Waddington,
Forest of Bowland.
A young boy had fallen from a
tree and landed on steep ground, Team called to assist Lancashire Ambulance in
evacuating to the road. Stood down whilst responding.
35. 11th August
13.40 hrs Ribbleton, Preston.
Team called to search for missing female aged 40 described as vulnerable. Team
was deployed and the lady was found safe and well soon after.
34. 3rd August
Spot Pick Up
16.00 hrs Parlick Pike, Forest of
Injured para-glider on the east
side of Parlick Fell. Team evacuated patient to waiting Northwest Air Ambulance
– an almost exact repeat of incident 17.
33. 3rd August
15.20 hrs Borrowdale Fell Race,
Team members at Rosthwaite Playing
field treated a runner suffering from a severe asthmatic attack.
32. 3rd August
11.40 hrs Borrowdale Fell Race,
Bessy Boot Fell. The
Team provides safety cover for this annual event (and has done for over 30
years). A male fell runner was hit in the chest by a large boulder whilst
ascending Bessy Boot Fell. Team members provided treatment at scene and escorted
the man back to the road.
31. 14th July
21.47 hrs Clougha Pike
Fell, North Lancashire.
Male walker reported over due by
party of friends. Team called to search surrounding fells, and as the Team was
mobilising the walker turned up safe and sound in Salford ! The police advised
the Team to stand down based on this new information.
30. 14th July
Spot Pick Up 18.00 hrs Whittle-Le-Woods,
called to Ashcroft Quarry after female had become trapped in deep mud in “Dead
Man’s tunnel” .The Team set up a rope pulley system in order to evacuate the
female assisted by Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. The female was pulled to
safety and checked over for injuries by Lancashire Ambulance Service.
29. 22nd June
Safety Cover/Spot Pick Up 09.20 hrs Scafell
Pike, Central Lake District.
Whilst on mountain rescue cover
for the Four 3,000 Peaks Challenge the Team was called to an injured competitor
who had slipped at the top of Mickledore
chimney Broad Stand. The man, in his late 50’s, had fallen into a gully and
carried on tumbling, falling 50 metres down, and eventually coming to rest just
above the chock stone. He had suffered severe head and leg injuries. Team
members were very quickly on the scene from the checkpoint at the summit and
stabilised the injured man whilst waiting for the arrival of Wasdale MRT. After
a very technically demanding rescue lasting several hours in horrendous weather
conditions, an RAF Sea King helicopter
managed to land on the shoulder of Brown Tongue so the casualty could be
airlifted quickly to West Cumberland Hospital. This in itself was a remarkable
feat of flying by the helicopter pilot for he slowly worked his way up the fell
(through the cloud) at a height of 6 metres to a suitable pick up point.
Langdale Ambleside and RAF Stafford MRT’s were also in assistance.
28. 14th June
Standby 18.10 hrs East Lancashire.
Lancashire Police and
Ambulance Services requested the Team to standby following heavy flash flooding
in the east of the county. Team was not required.
27. 25th May
Search 00.30 hrs Stannah, Blackpool.
Team called to search
for missing female with post-natal depression and possibly suicidal. After an
extensive search of the surrounding countryside nothing was found and the Team
were stood down at 09.00. The Coastguard & Lancashire Police helicopter were
also in attendance.
Post note: The missing
lady turned up safe and sound later in the day
26. 18th May
Standby Safety Cover 11.00 hrs Clougha Pike
Fell Race, North Lancashire.
No incidents reported
25. 12th May
Spot Pick Up 16.05 hrs Freckleton.
Team asked to assist
Lancashire Ambulance Service to evacuate young girl after falling down a steep
route to our vehicle base, a Team Landrover was flagged down by three separate
cars at Lower Penwortham to attend a road traffic accident. A male with bleeding
scalp wound was lying in the road. Team members assisted until the paramedics
from Lancashire Ambulance Service arrived.
23. 11th May
Standby Search 16.00 hrs Dunsop Bridge, Forest
walker called at the Team’s Headquarters, Smelt Mill, in the Trough of Bowland
saying her husband and two other men, a Canadian and an Italian, were overdue at
Trough House having left them at Brennand Farm earlier. The Team was placed on
standby and waited for 1 hour to see if they would turn up. After 50 mins the
walkers turned up safe and sound.
Search 09.50 hrs Ingol, Preston.
Team called to search for
missing vulnerable male age 38 possible suicidal.
21. 8th May
Search 07.48 hrs Skelmersdale.
Missing 6-year-old girl. Team
called to search surrounding countryside and farmland. Thankfully the girl
turned up safe and sound whilst Team was mobilising.
20. 5th May
Standby Safety Cover 10.30 hrs Caton Moor Fell
Race, North Lancashire.
No incidents reported
19. 13th April
Crag / Spot Pick Up 13:15 hrs Clitheroe.
Young girl crag fast in
a quarry. Request from Lancashire Ambulance service for assistance. Rossendale &
Pendle MRT also requested to attend. Stood down on arrival as Lancashire Fire &
Rescue Service had dealt with this incident.
18. 9th April
Search 23.30 hrs Banks, Nr Tarlton, West
called to search for missing vulnerable 80 year old female. The lady was found
safe and well close by her last known position.
17. 7th April
Spot Pick Up 15.00 hrs Parlick Pike, Forest of
Para-sender injured on landing with a suspected broken ankle. Team evacuated
patient to waiting Northwest Air Ambulance.
16. 25th March
Spot Pick Up 01.10 hrs Whitewell, Forest of
called to assist in evacuation of male with broken leg and ankle.
15. 23rd March
Safety Cover 11.00 hrs Fiendsdale Fell Race,
Forest of Bowland.
Team attended to one competitor
with twisted ankle, no other incidents reported.
14. 19th March
Spot Pick Up 22.10 hrs Waddington Area, Forest
Lancashire Ambulance Service called Team to assist in the evacuation of an
injured male after their ambulance had become bogged down on a country lane. The
patient was evacuated in a second Ambulance. The Team Landrover was used to pull
the original ambulance free.
13. 16th March
Search 09.00 hrs East Lakes, Cumbria.
Our SARDA search dog
handler and search dog Bracken, took part, in a large scale search in Cumbria
for a missing person.
12. 4th March
Search 14.10 hrs Carnforth, North Lancashire.
Team requested to
search for missing 14 year old boy, described as vulnerable. The Team was on
route when Lancaster Police informed Team Leader that the boy had turned up safe
and well. Team stood down 14.40.
11. 2nd March
Standby Safety Cover 11.00 hrs Bleasdale
Fell Race, Forest of Bowland. No incidents
10. 28th February
Search 19.05 hrs Lancaster.
Urgent page from Lancashire Police
to search for missing vulnerable patient from Ridge Lee Hospital .The man was
found after a short period of time safe and well.
9. 24th February
Whernside, Yorkshire Dales. The Team was paged to attend an incident on
Whernside in the Dales. As this is not the Teams normal area of operation the
call was passed to our neighbouring Team, the Cave Rescue Organisation,
8. 6th February
Search 01.05 hrs Blackpool.
Team called to search the
countryside surrounding Blackpool Victoria Hospital after a vulnerable 86 year
old female had been report missing from the A&E department. The Team had just
started to respond to the call, when the police discovered that she had returned
home. Team stood down at 01.20.
7. 27th January
Spot Pick Up 13.05 hrs Saddle Fell, Forest of
15-year-old male had slipped and fell awkwardly resulting in a suspected broken
arm. The Team attended and the Northewest Air Ambulance airlifted the patient to
6. 26th January
Search 10.20 hrs Jubilee Tower, Forest of
Lancashire Police requested Team to keep a look out for male walker in the area
of Grit Fell whom they urgently needed to make contact with after receiving
information regarding a relative. All Team members on the Fell were contacted by
radio to look out for the gentleman but he was not located.
5. 26th January
Rivington. The Team was paged by Lancashire Ambulance Incident Support Desk
to attend an incident at Rivington. As this is not the Teams normal area of
operation the call was passed to our neighbouring Team, Bolton MRT, immediately.
4. 20th January
Spot Pick Up 15.25
hrs Anglezarke, West Pennine Moors.
Team called to assist an injured
fell walker on Anglezarke moor. The young lady had slipped and fallen down a
small crag. She was found dazed and wandering a short distance from the crag.
The Northewest Air Ambulance was alerted and she was air lifted to Royal Preston
3. 9th January
Search 21.05 hrs Lancaster.
Whilst training on Parlick Pike,
the Team was called by Lancashire Police to search for missing 13 year old boy,
last seen in Williamson Park area of Lancaster. The Team had just arrived on
scene, when the boy turned up safe and sound. Team stood down at 22.15 hrs.
2. 5th January
Search 21.10 hrs Bleasdale Fells, Forest of
called to search for two missing walkers last seen walking around the Bleasdale
area. They were reported missing at 19.00 after their car was still in the car
park at Tootle Hall. The Team was on route to begin the search, when the walkers
were reported to be camping on Beacon Fell Country Park. The Team was stood down
at 22.05 hrs.
1. 1St January
Snow / Bad Weather Standby 00.00 hrs All
The Team was placed on standby to
assist Lancashire Ambulance Service during the hazardous snow conditions. The
Team assisted the Ambulance Service with several incidents, and was eventually
stood down at midnight 2nd January.