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43. 25th December Search 09:30 hrs Whitewell, Bowland.
Request from Police to continue the search for the missing male from the
previous day. Intention was for a Police Support Unit to research the wooded
areas and for the Police helicopter to research open ground. Team dispatched one
Landrover to provide backup. On arrival Team was immediately tasked to pick up
the casualty who has been located, alive by the Police helicopter. Team members
treated the person and handed him over to NW Ambulance Service. (10 Rescue
42. 24th December Search 13:14 hrs Whitewell, Bowland .
Team paged to search for a male who was reported to be in a distressed state.
Missing since the previous day but vehicle only located on Christmas Eve.
Reported as having good outdoor clothing. Extensive search of fields, woods &
open moorland around the Whitewell area undertaken. Dogs had partial indications
in an area of dense wood. This proved to be particularly difficult to search, as
it was a dangerous tangled mess of fallen pine trees. Nothing found. Team
stood down at 21:00 hrs. Other units involved included Police helicopter, 2
Police Support units & dogs. Search dog from Cave Rescue Organisation and our
own Trailing Dog Unit. (142 Rescue Person Hours)
41. 23rd December Search 22:27 hrs Savick Brook, Lea, Preston.
Request to search for a missing male reported as depressed and may self-harm.
Possibly, missing since pervious day. Search of the “Millennium Link” of the
Lancaster Canal undertaken. Nothing found and stood down at 03:30 hrs on
Christmas Eve. Trailing dog unit assisted in this search. Police Underwater
Unit, tasked with a first light search of canal locks, arrived as we
departed. (95 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. At 05:30 hrs the missing person returned to his home
location apparently unharmed.
During this incident another male, aged about 18, was located on the canal tow
path in a distressed state and informed Team members he was also going to
self-harm. He was advised that wasn’t very sensible and escorted to Police
Officers for his own safety.
40. 6th December Search 19:12 hrs Adlington, Chorley.
Team requested to search for a male who was giving concern for his whereabouts.
Last seen some 24 hours earlier near the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Adlington.
Team Leaders & Trailing Dog Unit deployed to the Police Station in Adlington to
gather more information and undertake initial search. Rest of Team brought to
standby, vehicles and water rescue equipment readied. Trailing Dog handler,
having obtained a scent article belonging to the missing person reported that it
appeared that the person was unlikely to have left the Place Last Seen. This was
confirmed shortly afterwards when the North West Police Underwater Unit
recovered a body from the canal. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the
person’s family at this sad time. (42 Rescue Person Hours)
S20. 3rd December Standby Bad Weather Cover 09:00 Hrs
All of Team Area With bad weather, high winds and snow expected in
the next 12 – 24 hours a request was received from North West Ambulance Service
(Lancashire) to provide support & backup services. Arrangements made for two of
our Landrover’s to be available to assist if required from midnight. Team stood
down at 08:00 hrs on 4th December as most of the snow in the west of
the county had changed to slush and temperatures had risen slightly. No
incidents to report. (40 Rescue Person hours)
39. 22nd November Spot Pick-Up 13:00 hrs Sykes, Trough of
Team Incident Controllers paged by Lancashire Police with a report of a male
suffering from a nut allergy near Sykes Farm in the Trough of Bowland. Full Team
immediately paged and three Team members sent directly to the incident from our
Smelt Mill HQ. Team members located the casualty near Trough House just as the
Air Ambulance arrived. However, the allergy reaction was not as severe as first
thought and the Team was able to escort the person off the fell. (16 Rescue
38. 12th November Search. 00:12 hrs Sedbergh, Cumbria.
Team was contacted directly by the Team Leader of Kendal MSRT.
They had been searching for a woman who had been swept away when her car went
into the River Dee, between Sedbergh and Dent. The river was in flood following
very heavy rain. The car itself had been washed downstream for about a mile.
Team travelled to Sedbergh for 08:00 hrs joining other teams from Duddon &
Furness, Swaledale & the Cave Rescue Organisation who were also called to
assist. Teams were deployed, including our swift water rescue technicians, to
search the banks of the Rivers Dee, Rawthey & Lune. SARDA were also deployed.
Sadly, a body was located at about 10.30 hrs near Middleton Bridge on the River
Rawthey about six miles downstream from where the car entered the water. Our
thoughts are with the family and friends of the lady. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
37. 8th November Spot Pick-Up Stoodley Pike, Todmoorden.
While attending a Casualty Care Study Day hosted by Calder Valley Search &
Rescue Team one team member assisted CVSRT who were called out to a fell runner
with a dislocated knee. (1 Rescue Person Hour)
36. 20th October Search 10:07 hrs Haslam Park, Preston.
Request from Lancashire Police to search for a 26-year-old female reported
missing and known to sometimes sleep rough in the Haslam Park area. Team
commenced search of the park and Lancaster Canal but we were stood down at 12:10
hrs. The missing person had been located at Royal Preston Hospital having been
evacuated by the NW Air Ambulance some hours before the Team were paged! A
member of the public had found person on the canal towpath earlier in the day.
Search strategy did include a check of the towpath. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
S19. 13th October Search Advice 14:00 Hrs Leyland.
Team Leader contacted by a Police Officer making enquires about a male who had
been missing for 11 days and possibly camping in the Lake District.
35. 12th October Rock Scrambling 13:10 hrs Jack’s Rake, Pavey Ark,
Two Team members having just completed Jack’s Rake became aware that Langdale
Ambleside MRT had been called out to an incident half way up the rock scramble.
A 77-year-old male had sustained a head injury. They returned back down the
route, administered first aid and awaited the arrival of the Langdale Ambleside
Team. They then assisted LAMRT, supported by Kendal MSRT & an RAF Sea King
helicopter to evacuate the gentleman from the hill. (10 Rescue Person Hours)
Langdale Ambleside MRT incident 2008 / 80
34. 12th October Search 12:24 hrs Skelmersdale.
Team requested to search for a 63-year-old female last seen in the Concourse
area of the centre of Skelmersdale two days previously. A search of Tawd Valley
Country Park was undertaken, this being in a direct line from the place last
seen to the person’s home. Task completed and nothing found. (54 Rescue Person
Post Script. Unfortunately, the missing person was located,
deceased, in the dockland area of Preston a week later.
33. 10th October Search 20:24 hrs Swinton, Manchester.
Bolton MRT again requested the use of our trailing dog and handler in the search
for a 75-year-old female. Dog gave some indications of trails around the woman’s
home address, which were investigated. (3 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. The missing person was located the following day by a
member of the public some distance outside search area.
Bolton MRT incident 2008 / 102
S18. 1st October Standby Search 07:00 Hrs Grange-over-Sands,
Kendal MSRT requested the use of our Trailing Dog Unit in the search
for a missing vulnerable female. Fortunately the missing person was located,
safe before deployment.
28th September. Yorkshire Dales.
The Team once again provide safety cover for the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross in the
Yorkshire Dales. The usual array of cuts and bruises presented at our First Aid
station at the finish line. There were two hill incidents:
32. 28th September Spot
Pick-Up 13:00 hrs Whernside.
the descent from Whernside a male fell and dislocated a finger and sustained
lower leg injury that was bleeding quite badly. The casualty, a medical doctor,
gave instruction to a team member who realigned the finger and the cut was
bandaged. The person was then walked to a waiting Team Landrover and was
evacuated from the hill. (4 Rescue Person Hours)
31. 28th September Spot
Pick-Up 11:00 hrs Ingleborough.
Team received reports that
a female had fallen and sustained a shoulder injury near the summit of
Ingleborough. Team members, all ready positioned on the descent route were
dispatched from the summit checkpoint and soon located the casualty who had
already walked a fair way off the hill and provided treatment. Casualty was
escorted to waiting Team Landrover to be evacuated from the hill. (8 Rescue
S17. 20th September Standby 17:30 Hrs Saddle Fell, Trough of Bowland.
Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police with a
report of a family of three tired and lost in the Bowland Hills. We were able to
contact them by mobile phone and determine they were in the Saddle Fell area.
Police Helicopter located missing persons and, in two trips, was able to land
and evacuate to Dunsop Bridge. Team remained on standby until the helicopter had
completed task. (4 Rescue Person Hours)
S16. 14th September Standby Search 11:51 Hrs Gorton, Manchester.
Trailing Dog Unit contacted direct by Team Leader of Bolton MRT. They were
searching for a 10-year-old male in the Gorton area on Manchester. Stood down
just after setting off when the good news came that the boy had been located
safe. (1 Rescue Person Hours)
Bolton MRT incident 2008 / 91
30. 11th September Search 18:22 hrs Hindley, Manchester.
Team Leader from Bolton MRT requested the use of our Trailing Dog Unit. This
time to assist in the search for 63-year-old female who was giving cause for
concern. Person had been missing for approximately 24 hours and local searches
had produced no results so Mountain Rescue called in. A scent article was
obtained from the person’s home and the missing person was quickly located a
short distance from then place last seen. The second find for dog and handler
recently - see Incident 29. (4 Rescue Person Hours)
Bolton MRT incident 2008 / 90
S15. 17th August Standby Search 01:41 Hrs Clevellys, Fylde.
Team paged concerning a missing 78-year-old male described as
vulnerable. This was in an urban situation where the Team does not usually
operate. On the map there appeared to be one route into open country from the
PLS (Place Last Seen – in this case his home) that the missing person could have
followed. However, a Police dog handler had already covered this and the area
had been flown over by the Police Air Support Unit using thermal imaging
equipment. After consulting with Team dog handlers, incident controllers and
the Police it was decided not to deploy. (2 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. The missing person was located in
Preston the following morning having possible travelled to Manchester.
29. 13th August Search 16:47 hrs Dolphinholme.
Request from Lancashire Police to search for a 36-year-old female reported
missing from her home in an area of extensive farmland and woods. Full Team
placed on standby and requested to move to our bases to ready vehicles. Search
Dogs contacted and Team Incident Controllers tasked to RV with Police at missing
persons home. Once the plan of action had been determined a full Team page was
activated. In the meantime a suitable scent article had been obtained from the
person’s home and our Trailing Dog Team set about the task of finding the
person. A trail was obtained and this lead straight to the missing person some
500 m away. Person was uninjured. Two search dogs & handlers from SARDA (Lakes)
and one from SARDA (ENGLAND) also assisting the 19 members of the Team who also
responded. Police Air Support also used (88 Rescue Person Hours)
S14. 9th August Standby Search 22:05 Hrs Ribbleton, Preston.
Request to search for two youngsters, aged 7 & 8, who had not returned home.
However, as the Team was assembling they turned up, safe.
28. 8th August Search 01:02 hrs Garstang.
request to search for a missing female in the Garstang area described as
vulnerable and high risk. This turned out to be the same person as Incident 12,
2008 and the third for this location this year - see Incident 1, 2008.
Therefore, a well-defined search area, strategy and pre-plan were in place for this
incident. Trailing Dog Unit were sent to the person’s home to get a scent article and
determine a direction of travel, air scent dogs were sent to the same area where
previously located with Team members searching the high-risk areas of the
Lancaster Canal and other waterways. Trailing Dog determined that person might
not have left the immediate area of her home. Shortly afterwards a Team member
located the missing person, knee deep in the canal but trapped by saplings and
undergrowth that had stopped her from entering deeper water. Person was quickly
removed from the canal and checked by the Team. She was then returned to her
home where she was further checked over by paramedics from North West Ambulance
Service and was thankfully uninjured. Three search dogs and handlers from SARDA
(England) & SARDA (LAKES), Lancashire Fire & Rescue Urban SAR Unit and Police
Air Support also involved. (42 Rescue Person Hours)
July Search 15:09 hrs Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Trailing Dog Unit requested to search for missing 43-year-old male. Request from
Derby MRT. Dog handler and one additional Team members (to act as
support/navigator) set off for Derbyshire but were stood down on route when the
person was located. (5 Rescue Person Hours)
S13. 17th July Standby Search 20:10 Hrs Clevellys, Fylde.
Team Leader was contacted direct by a Police Officer enquiring as to the
availability of trailing dog as a second high risk
person was now missing in the Fylde area. Officer was aware of our
involvement in Incident 26 and due to this we were unable to assist.
26. 17th July Search 18:39 hrs Stannah, Fylde.
Within 24 hours of the previous incident
we again found ourselves working with the Coastguard. This time searching for a
77-year-old male reported missing from Fleetwood and giving cause for concern. A
possible sighting at Stannah
had been received from a member of the public and this was an area person known
to frequent. The Coastguard tasked
with searching the salt marsh area of the River Wyre supported by inshore RNLI
boat from Fleetwood. Team tasked with searching Country Park,
coastal footpath and farm land from Skippool Creek towards Fleetwood. Trailing
dog used having obtained a scent article from the missing person’s house but no
indications. One search dog from SARDA Lake District was also used.
Team stood down at 01:30 hrs with the
person still outstanding. (100 Rescue Person Hours)
Postscript. The missing
person contacted his family later in the day to say he had spent the night in a
25. 16th July Search 20:23 hrs Knott-end-on Sea.
Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager requested the Team to assist in the
search for a missing elderly male, described as vulnerable and high risk, in the
Knott-End-on-Sea area. Positively last seen the previous day but not reported
missing until 18:00 hrs. Due to the close proximity of the sea (and a rising
flood tide) it was decided to work with the Maritime Coastguard Agency SAR
personnel. They could search the potential wet bits and we would stay inland on
the dry bits. However, the torrential rain put paid to any ideas of staying dry.
It is some years since we last worked with the MCA (Morecambe Bay Cockling
Tragedy, Incident 8, 2004 & Heysham Head, Incident 11, 2007). Trailing Dog Unit
used around the missing person’s home. Identified search areas of the coastline,
a golf course, ponds and farmland completed. Search dog from Cave Rescue also in
attendance. The Team stood down at 02:30 hrs with the person outstanding. Police
requested to conduct search of housing area and sea front as trailing dog had
some direction indications but none led to open country. Thanks to the
Coastguard for allowing us to take over their base at Knott End and set up out
Incident Control. (120 Rescue person
Postscript. At 04:20 hrs the missing
person was located safe, in Fleetwood, having apparently taken the passenger
ferry across the River Wyre. The
last one due back to the tides was 14:00 hrs the previous afternoon.
24. 16th July Spot Pick Up 14:09 hrs Whins Brow, Trough of Bowland.
Team Leader contacted by Team member who was at our Smelt Mill
Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland. A member of the public had arrived with a
report that a female member of a group of students he was in charge of had
suffered an Asthma attack and was unconscious on the Ouster Rake Track, Whins
Brow. At 14:15 hrs Team Controllers paged by Lancashire Police confirming the
incident following the 999 call from Smelt Mill by the group leader. Three Team
members immediately deployed from Smelt Mill via Trough Barn & Trough House
towards the location of the casualty. Full Team page initiated. Request made for
helicopter support but none immediately available. A further report was received
that person was making their way off the hill. Team members located the casualty
on the track by Trough House and she was evacuated to Smelt Mill. Paramedics
carried out a check up on the casualty but further treatment was refused and the
Team stood down at 15:03 hrs.
(15 Rescue Person hours)
S12. 7th July Standby Search 20:45 Hrs Padiham.
Team Leader was contacted by Rossendale & Pendle MRT’s Deputy Team Leader. RPMRT
were searching for a high-risk 64-year-old female. Weather conditions had been
poor during the day with torrential rain.
Request for BPMRT to be on standby to provide support.
Team remained on standby for an early morning start but stood down at
07:15 hrs when news can that the woman had been located, safe, some miles
outside the search area. A SARDA dog from the Cave Rescue Organisation assisted
in the operation.
S11. 6th July Standby Search 12:22 Hrs Lancaster / Morecambe Area.
The second incident was for a missing female.
was soon established that there was very little to go on. No suitable search
areas for the Team could be identified with the main Police effort being in
urban areas. It was quickly decide to stand down the Team pending further
information with 20 persons available or responding. 4 SARDA search dogs from
the Lake District also available.
(40 Rescue Person hours)
23. 6th July Search 12:22 hrs Hest Bank, Morecambe.
Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager requested the Team to attend the
Morecambe area. They had two ongoing unrelated incidents involving high-risk
missing persons. The first incident
was a 26-year-old male who had threatened to self-harm. Team was brought to
standby, Team Leader and Incident Controllers dispatched to Morecambe Police
Station to plan the search strategy. An obvious initial start was a search of
the shore and farmland. However, news soon came that the missing person had
turned up, safe. This allowed us to concentrate on the second incident.
22. 1st July Search 08:39 hrs Fulwood, Preston.
Team requested to search for a 54-year-old female from the Fulwood area. Missing
since the previous day and said to be on a distinctive mountain bike. It was
decide to search all footpaths in the area where a mountain bike could reach.
Unusually for the Team when on a search incident we did not request assistance
from search dogs, as is our standard practice. Search control was set up at
Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club.
For sometime now we have been experimenting with the use of mountain
bikes in the search role. This was an ideal opportunity to try this out. Using
mountain bikes Team members we able to quickly search sections of the Lancaster
Canal including the Millennium Link to the River Ribble.
However, after seven hours covering all the footpaths in the area on foot
and with mountain bikes we stood down with the person outstanding. (130 rescue
Post Script. The missing person was
located a few hours later on a minor road just outside the search areas by a
member of the public and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for a check up.
21. 25th June Search 16:30 hrs Aughton near Ormskirk.
Team requested to search for a 14 year old male who had been missing since the
previous day and was thought to be camping out at a local beauty spot. Team
stood down on route when he returned home of his own accord. (130 rescue person
20. 24th June Search 02:31 hrs Brockholes Wetland Reserve, Preston.
At 01:34 hours Team Leader contacted direct by a Team member who was
on-duty with Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. He gave a “heads up” that cries
for help had been heard in the area of the new Brockholes Wetland Centre at
Ribbleton, Preston. 2 persons had been located and a further 2 were still
missing. He anticipated they would need extra assistance. At 02:31, after
consultation with Lancashire Police, a full Team page was issued. However, we
were soon stood down when the missing persons were located hiding. It is
believed they were charged with wasting Police time. (20 Rescue Person hours)
S10. 13th June Standby Spot Pickup / Search 17:42Hrs Gisburn Forest.
Team Controllers received
an urgent page from Lancashire Police with a report of an elderly female
suffering from Asthma and “one hour from their transport” at the Cocklet Hill
Car Park. Just as a full Team page was about to be initiated information was
received that the lady had been able to reach her transport and was on her way
to hospital for a check up. (1 Rescue Person Hour)
19. 2nd June Search 17:48 hrs Anglezarke Moor.
Team requested to assist Bolton Mountain Rescue Team in a search of Winter Hill
/ Anglezarke Moor for a missing male who was giving cause for concern. His car
had been located at Hordern Stoops where Bolton MRT had set up Incident Control.
Following consultation with Bolton’s Team Leader it was agreed that we would
search the quarries at Anglezarke & Leicester Mill, the path from White Coppice
to Great Hill and Lead Mines Clough. The search would then expand on to the open
moor tops. Just after the Team deployed Bolton MRT members located the missing
person. He was a few hundred meters from Incident Control and returning along
Spitlers Edge to his car. Rossendale & Pendle MRT also in support. (40 rescue
18. 24th May Spot Pick Up 11:43 hrs Astley Park, Chorley.
Team paged directly by Lancashire Ambulance Service with a report of male
mountain biker having fallen in woods at Astley Park. Initial report was person
was unconscious with a severe eye injury, down steep bank and a 500m carry,
North West Air Ambulance on route. A team member who lives in Astley Village was
on scene very quickly and established that the ground was not that steep and the
Air Ambulance had landed close to the casualty. The extraction was not as
complicated as first expected. (10 Rescue Person hours)
May Standby Search 15:59 Hrs Blackburn Town Centre.
Team Leader received request from a Lancashire Police Search Advisor (POLSA) as
to the availability of our Trailing Dog Unit. A 3-year-old boy had now been
missing for some hours in Blackburn Town Centre. Trailing Dog Unit stood down
responding when the good news came that the lad had been found, safe, having
apparently got on a bus and taken a trip to Bolton & back!
17. 11th May Spot Pick Up 07:37 hrs Grizedale
The Team responded to a report of a male with a lower leg injury in the Nicky
Nook area. After some initial confusion about the exact location of the casualty
he was eventually located on a track near Grizdale Reservoir. He was apparently
a member of a group of youths who had been camping out. Team was able to access
direct to casualty site with 4 x 4 vehicles. Team Landrover then used to
evacuate the youth to waiting land ambulance for onward transport to Royal
Preston Hospital. Air Ambulance tasked to the incident but stood down
responding. (24 Rescue Person Hours)
16. 10th May Spot Pick Up 11:26 hrs High Bullough Reservoir,
Team was requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service (Lancashire Area)
with a female fell runner who had fallen and sustained lower leg and shoulder
injuries. The casualty was carried on a Bell stretcher some 400m to the waiting
Air Ambulance for onward transport to Royal Preston Hospital. (25 Rescue Person
15. 6th May Search 23:50 hrs Gillibrand,
Request by Lancashire Police to search a wood and pond area for a 39 year-old
male who had gone missing in the Gillibrand area of Chorley.
Team stood down at 04:00 hrs having completed allocated tasks. Team
contacted again at 10:00 hrs on 7th May with a request to research
previous areas and expand the search. However, as searching was about to
recommence it was realised that the missing person was an unidentified person
who had been involved in a serious incident on the West Coast Main railway line
the previous day. The Team extends it’s condolences to the missing persons
family. (81 rescue person Hours)
14. 29th April Search 19:40 hrs Staining near Blackpool.
Team requested to search for a 46 year old male described as depressed and
possibly suicidal. Person was known to be a fisherman so search concentrated
around all the ponds and areas of open water on farmland adjacent to Staining
Village, around Marton Mere and the local golf course. Teams trailing dog unit
used around the PLS (Place Last Seen). Two search dogs from the Lake District
assisting with the golf course. The
terrain was a bit flatter than their normal operational area! Team stood down at
00:30 hrs when the person turned up at his home address. (130 rescue
S8. 13th April Search Advice 20:30 Hrs Southern Scotland.
Trailing dog handler gave advice to a MR Team in southern Scotland with regard
to a missing person. Due to the age of the trail, prevailing weather conditions
and time it would take to get to the incident it was decide not to deploy.
S7. 11th April Standby Search 17:25 Hrs Prestatyn, North Wales.
Team’s trailing dog and handler responded to a request to search for a person
missing from home in Prestatyn. However, the person turned up, safe, before the
dog unit could deploy. (1 Rescue
13. 9th April Search 18:48 hrs Pressall near
As we were about to start our weekly
training session the
Team was requested to search for a 77 year-old vulnerable
male reported missing within the last hour. An immediate search of a local golf
course was instigated due to a reported sighting. The search was stood down
just before 21:00 hrs when the person was located, safe and unhurt, some
miles away in Thornton. Our
assumption is the missing person had used local public transport to leave the
area. 31 Team members in attendance with search dogs from the Lake District
& Yorkshire Dales also responding.
(52.5 rescue person Hour)
12. 31st March
In an almost identical incident to our first of this year the
Team was requested to search for a vulnerable female, aged 83, in
the Garstang area. Reported missing from her home at about 21:30 hrs. The Team were about to undertake extensive searches of open
farmland, woods, a local golf course including river and canal banks when the
good news came that she had been found safe and well (15 Rescue Person Hours)
11. 29th March Search/ Pick-up 15:15 hrs Langden Valley, Trough of Bowland.
Three youngsters undertaking a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award assessment arrived
at the Teams Smelt Mill base in the Trough of Bowland. They reported that
another group were struggling down Langden Valley; one of this party had a knee
injury. Team members were told that the group was lost, and heading in the
wrong direction, on the south side of the river. It had been raining very
heavily for some hours, just as forecasted! Other
groups were also in the area and their route was Dunsop Bridge, down Langden
Valley via Langden Castle to Fiendsdale Head, over the fells and onto Waddecar
Scout campsite. Contact was made with the group’s leader at Waddecar while three
Team members set off in a Landrover to investigate. The group was soon found
with another of their leaders, plus a doctor who was passing by who assisted.
All were transported to Smelt Mill where other groups had now also arrived. Hot
drinks all round and a warm by the fire being all that was required until their
transport arrived. (3 rescue person Hour)
10. 25th March Search 20:00 Hrs Red Screes, Kirkstone Pass. Cumbria.
Teams trailing dog and handler assisted Langdale Ambleside MRT with the search
for a missing male, aged 67, in the
Red Screes area of the Kirkstone
Pass. Unfortunately the body of a man was found near Kilnshaw Chimney. (2 Rescue
22nd March Safety Cover 09.00 - 14.30 hrs Fiendsdale, Trough of Bowland.
The Team once again provided safety cover for the Fiendsdale Fell Race. No fell
incidents to report. (50 Rescue
S6. 22nd March Standby Search 04:33 Hrs Fulwood, Preston.
Team Leader paged with a report of a female missing from home having received
some bad news. Last seen at about midnight and reported at 03:00 hrs. Request
was for initial searches of parkland, open fields & farmland towards motorway.
However, just as a full Team page was about to be initiated the good news came
that the person had turned up safe and we stood down. (1 Rescue Person Hour)
12th March Search 04:32 Hrs Wheelton near Chorley.
Team paged by Lancashire Police with a request to assist in the search for a
missing from home vulnerable female, aged 80 years. Prevailing weather
conditions were gale force winds and sub zero temperatures.
An extensive search was undertaken throughout the day. The Team called in
additional resources in the form of Bolton and Rossendale & Pendle MRT’s. An RAF
Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley was also used. A SARDA search dog & handler
from the Cave Rescue Organisation completed the mountain rescue element.
Police resources included support units, underwater search and catering
facilities. Sadly, the woman was located, deceased, the following day. (350
Rescue Person Hours)
S5. 7th March Standby Search 17:53 Hrs Out Rawcliffe Area.
Team was paged following a report from a member of the public of a crashed light
aircraft with flares and smoke seen. Report from the Out Rawcliffe area. Due to
Lancashire Police helicopter being unavailable Merseyside Police helicopter used
to search area as preparations made to bring Team to standby at our vehicle and
training base in Garstang ready for deployment. However, following further
enquires at Blackpool Airport and with local micro light clubs it was decided
not to mount a search, as there were no reports of missing aircraft. Team stood
down. (2 Rescue Person Hours)
8. 4th March Search 22:00 Hrs Burnley, East Lancashire.
Search for a vulnerable male.
Rossendale & Pendle MRT requested our
trailing dog unit to assist. Accompanied by another Team member to act as a
navigator they arrived at the RV only to be stood down immediately as,
thankfully, the missing person had turned up safe. (4 Rescue Person Hours)
7. 29th February Search 21.31 Hrs Harrisend Fell, Trough of Bowland.
Team paged by Lancashire Police with two independent reports of flares being
seen in the area of Harrisend Fell. Due to unavailability of the Polices own
helicopter an RAF SAR Sea King helicopter attended from RAF Valley in Anglesey,
North Wales. Checks made at local hotels for missing residents and at the local
Scout Campsite to see if anyone was on a night navigation exercise With nothing
found, no reported missing persons or abandoned vehicles in the area the search
was scaled down just after mid-night. SARDA dogs from Kendal MRT and the Cave
Rescue Organisation also called to assist. (60 Rescue person Hours)
6. 27th February First Aid Assistance 13:07 hrs Warrington Town Centre.
Whilst on a publicity event with a Team Landrover in Warrington Town Centre a
Team member administered First Aid to an elderly lady who had fallen down steps
outside the market. Team member remained with the casualty until the arrival of
North West Ambulance Service paramedics. (0.5 Rescue person hours)
S4. 11th February Request for Assistance 13:00 hrs Blackburn.
Team Leader contacted by Lancashire Police as to the availability of Teams
trailing dog and handler in the search for a young person missing from home in
the Blackburn area. However, dog handler was away in the Cairngorms on a SARDA
training event and we were unable to assist.
5. 10th February Spot Pick Up 13:06 hrs
Tower Lodge, Marshaw,
Trough of Bowland.
The Team was paged by the North West Ambulance Service (Lancashire Area) to be
informed that a female had fallen near the Marshaw Wyre River with a suspected
lower leg injury. The team was quickly on scene and dealt with the injured
person with a short stretcher carry across the ankle deep river to the awaiting
land ambulance. (15 Rescue Person Hours)
S3. 3rd February Standby Body Recovery 13:20 hrs Anglezarke Reservoir.
Team Leader contacted direct by Team Leader of
Bolton MRT. A body had been reported in the water at Anglezarke Reservoir and as
they were already training in the area they were responding to the incident.
Bolton Team Leader informed that this was probably the person we had searched
for some days earlier (see Incident 3, 16th January) and that if they
required backup we would be available. In the end a multi-agency response
including a Fire & Rescue swift water rescue unit was used to recover the body
and we were not required.
S2 31st January Standby Bad Weather
Hrs All Team Area.
North West Ambulance Service as to our availability to provide cover following
severe weather warnings predicted for the next 96 hours. Various plan's drawn to
ensure our 4 x 4 Landrovers could be fully staffed over the period. The
predicted bad weather did not materialise in West
Lancashire and the Team was not required.
January Spot Pick Up
Quarry near Chorley.
Incident Controllers were
paged by Lancashire Police to be informed that a person had
fallen in Anglezarke Quarry. Bolton MRT already on route. Team Leader spoke to
Bolton MRT’s Team Leader and it was decided to back up BMRT with Team members
from ourselves. Person was rapidly transferred to the waiting North West Air
Ambulance for onwards transport to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. (9 Rescue
Exercise 08:30 - 18:30 Hrs Trough of Bowland.
The Team again hosted a major Training Exercise in the Trough of Bowland.
A slightly different format this year with a number of “incident bases” set up
over the Tarnbrook Fells – crag, casualty care
& search with everyone given the opportunity to test their navigation
between the bases. We were especially pleased to see 10 persons from the Isle of
Man Civil Defence Team attending. Others involved this year were from Rossendale
& Pendle and Calder Valley MRT’s. RPMRT leaving early to back up their
colleagues on a search in Nelson – well that’s what all the training is for.
Over 70 Team members & friends again gathered at the New Drop Inn, Longridge for
the Annual Chris Mayo Lecture. Chris was a former Team Doctor who was tragically
killed in a climbing accident some years ago. This year’s lecture was on a
series of expeditions undertaken by West Lancashire Scouts to Greenland in
recent years. Lots of photo’s showing the tremendous scenery from this remote
place with the Scouts undertaking first ascents of a number of peaks. Perhaps we
saw a future generation of Mountain Rescuers?
Anglezarke near Chorley.
car of a missing vulnerable male was located at Anglezarke Reservoir. An
extensive search of the reservoir area, moorland edge, surrounding woods and
farmland revealed nothing. Search dogs from Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) and
Exmoor Teams as well as our own assisting. Police helicopter in support. (120
Rescue Person hours)
Post Script : a body was recovered from the reservoir on Sunday 3rd February.
S1. 14th January
Hrs Bangor, North Wales.
Team’s training dog unit brought to
standby to search for a missing person in Bangor, North Wales. Stood down at
19:00 hrs when the person was located, safe at Holyhead, Anglesey.
(2 Rescue person Hours)
January Spot Pick Up
13:30 hrs Helvellyn, Cumbria.
Two Team members out ice climbing on Helvellyn were amongst the first on scene
at an incident where a walker fallen a considerable distance sustaining severe
injuries. Assistance from Patterdale MRT immediately requested with the person
transported to hospital by RAF helicopter. Sadly the person was pronounced dead
on arrival (2 Rescue Person
Patterdale MRT Incident No. 3, 2008
1. 11th January
01.54 Hrs Garstang.
Team requested to search for a vulnerable female, aged 66. Reported
missing from her home in the Garstang area.
Team undertook extensive searches of open farmland, woods and a local golf
course near home including river and canal banks.
Some 25 Team members assisted in the search.
The Team was supported by 8 members of Rossendale Pendle MRT and 3 dogs
from SARDA. Other resources included from Lancashire Police – air support, dogs
& underwater units and from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service – swift water
rescue unit (497 Rescue Person Hours)
– Sadly, Police recovered a body from the Lancaster Canal early on
the 12th January.