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Mountain Rescue - England & Wales
'S' Numbers indicate a Standby and '
' indicates our SARDA
Dog Unit only was used.
S12 & S13. 27th December Standby Searches
17:36 Hrs Bowland.
Team Incident Controllers contacted with two search incidents in the Bowland
area. The first (priority) incident was a report of a16-year-old female missing
in the Dunsop Bridge area having apparently left home and run off into woods and
farmland. As a full Team page was about to be sent for all Team members and
vehicles to RV at our Smelt Mill Headquarters at Dunsop Bridge the good news was
received that the girl has been located. safe. The second incident was of a
mountain biker lost in Gisburn Forest, only just reported. Police were advised
on access into Gisburn Forest and preparations made should we be required.
However, this second person was also located safe at 18:25 hrs. (1 Rescue Person
44. 27th December Search 08:00 Hrs Witherslack Area, South Cumbria.
Teams dogs & handlers requested to assist Kendal MSRT in the ongoing search for
a missing 70 year-old male in the Witherslack area of South Cumbria. (10 Rescue
43. 22nd December Search 19:13 Hrs Haskayne near Ormskirk. Team requested to join the search for a 70 year old
Polish male. Described as vulnerable and not speaking any English. Visiting
relatives for Christmas and had only been in the country for less than 24 hours.
Missing since approx. 13:00 hrs. The
missing person is a regular visitor to this country and has a set walk that he
likes to take around the village but on this occasion had not returned.
Various sightings indicated a direction of travel south along the Leeds &
Liverpool Canal or the A59. Missing person described as walking briskly. Team
members searched the canal towpath for about 5 Km’s in both directions from the
PLS (Place Last Seen) at Downholland Cross. Teams trailing and area dogs
deployed at the locations of the various sightings and assisting with the search
of the canal. Two police helicopters (ON99 & DD66) also assisting with the
search of a vast area of farmland.
The search was suspended at 00:30 hrs with all identified tasks so far completed
and consideration being given to a first light restart.
(105 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. At
01:00 hrs the missing person was located some12 miles away, in a confused state
but safe, at the entrance to the Wallasey Tunnel in Liverpool having apparently
42. 18th December Spot Pickup 09:15 Hrs Dunsop
Team received a request for assistance from
the crew of the North West Air Ambulance via the NW Ambulance Service Control
room in Preston. An elderly person had fallen on ice at Dunsop Bridge. With very
icy conditions under foot they were having difficulty extracting the casualty to
the waiting helicopter in a nearby field. However, the Team was stood down
responding with two vehicles mobile and with others going direct when it was
confirmed that the crew and neighbours had carried the casualty to the aircraft.
(4.5 Rescue Person Hours)
41. 5th December Search 19:21 Hrs Stanley Park Area,
Blackpool. As the previous incident was coming to a successful
conclusion we were requested to assist with a second incident.
A vulnerable female had been reported missing. Previous history showed
that she had been missing before and had been located in the Stanley Park,
Blackpool Zoo or Golf course area of Marton Mere. Team members set about
searching Stanley Park with the area search dogs (Floss & Dottie) and handlers
concentrating on the open ground of Marton Mere and the golf course. Trailing
dog (Mij) and handler dispatched to the PLS (Place Last Seen) at the persons
home to see if a direction of travel could be obtained. A number of trails were
followed that appeared to indicate that the missing person was still in the area
of her home but trying to avoid those trying to find her. It was decided to
reduce the Police & Rescue presence in the area in an attempt to get her to come
out into the open. At approx. 22:45 hrs the person was located and this allowed
her to receive medical attention. Team again being assisted by dog Dottie and
handler from the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.
(56 Rescue Person Hours)
40. 5th December Search 15:27 Hrs Squires Gate Area,
Blackpool. The Team was requested by Lancashire Police to assist
in the search for a vulnerable male, aged 45. Missing since earlier in the day
when he did not arrive at work. His car located on waste ground at Blackpool
Airport. Team members searching the waste ground and sand dunes on the coast
nearby. The Teams area dog (Floss) and handler assisted by a dog (Dottie) and
handler from the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs completed searches of
a nearby Golf Course and the old Pontin’s Holiday Camp. The Teams trailing dog (Mij)
and handler deployed from the missing persons car and followed a number of
trails. The missing person was located, safe, in a block of flats where the
trailing dog Mij had indicated he had gone. During this incident we became aware
of another vulnerable person missing in the area. (80 Rescue Person Hours)
39. 26th November Search 20:30 Hrs River Wyre, Hambleton. As the previous incident was coming to a conclusion we
became aware of a developing incident on the River Wyre at Hambleton. A
vulnerable male had been reported missing and his car had been located at the
Shard Bridge over the River Wyre. Those Team members still at our Garstang Base,
including two dog handlers, were immediately dispatched along with all our
vehicles. The Team was paged to reconvene at Hambleton. Working with Coastguard
SAR a search of both riverbanks and adjacent fields was undertaken. The Team
stood down at 02:30 Hrs having completed all identified tasks but with the
person still outstanding. (120 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: The missing person was located, safe, in
Manchester the following evening
38. 26th November Search 16:43 Hrs Harrisend Fell,
Bowland. Team was contacted by NWAS Control in Preston with a
report from one of their ambulance crews that they had seen two “parachute
flares” in the direction of the Bowland Fells from the M6 motorway at Forton. As
this type of incident is usually dealt with by Lancashire Police their Force
Incident Manager was immediately contacted. They had also received two reports
of distress flares in the Harrisend Fell area. It was decided that a search of
the area was required although there were no persons reported as missing.
Police requested to search roads for any unattended vehicles and visit
local farms. Police helicopter on standby to provide support. A search dog and
handler were immediately dispatched to the area supported by a 4 x 4 landrover
and crew. The rest of the Team
assembled at our Garstang Vehicle & Training Base. A report of lights on Nicky
Nook was received. This was investigated but turned out to be a group of
mountain bikers out for a night ride. A report was then received from a farmer
who had seen a “Chinese lantern” over his farm at about the time the incident
was reported. Still with no one reported as missing it was decided to stand down
the search at approx. 19:45 hrs. False alarm but of good intent.
(81 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: See also incident 7/2008 for an almost identical
37. 16th November Search 22:38 Hrs Williamson Park,
Lancaster. Team paged by Lancashire Police with a request to
assist in the search for a vulnerable 28-year-old male. Missing from Blackpool
but known to visit Lancaster and possibly in the Williamson Park area. The Team
undertook a search of the park area standing down just after 02:00 hrs. Two
persons found sleeping rough in the park but not the missing person.
(80 Rescue Person Hours)
S11. 24th October Standby Search 13:44 Hrs Gisburn
Forest, Bowland. Team was
contacted by Lancashire Ambulance Service with a report that a group of adult &
child bikes had been located on a forest track. Blood on child’s bike but no
persons present. We were then
informed that Yorkshire Ambulance Service had located the missing persons and
Mountain Rescue was not required.
Team stood down with a number of people already responding.
36. 15th October Spot Pickup 14:35 Hrs Trough of Bowland.
Whilst undertaking a steep ground stretcher handling exercise in
the Trough of Bowland the Team was approached by a member of the public with a
report of a male, aged 64, who was walking off the hill with a leg injury.
Person had fallen just after leaving the ridge line and was making his
way down to the road via Trough House. Team immediately dispatched a Landover
with four Team members onboard followed by a second Landrover with the
informant. Casualty was located very quickly and was in considerable pain. The
casualty and his party were then transported by vehicle to our Smelt Mill H.Q.
where they were given tea and biscuits. With the patients pain score increasing
they were advised to attend hospital and get the leg looked at.
(5 Rescue Person Hours)
Script: The following message received on our website guest book from the wife
of the casualty:
very much to all the team who rescued my husband from the fell side after he
slipped and damaged his leg on 15/10/11. They were interrupted during an
exercise in the valley bottom by one of our walkers, and made easy work of bring
their Landrover up the (very) rough track to pick him up and plied him with tea
and sympathy at Smelt Mill whilst assessing his injuries. An x-ray at Airedale
Hospital showed a fractured fibula, so he's now safely encased in plaster. Were
it not for the lads, he might still be picking his way painfully down the
hillside! Thanks a million for your help.”
35. 9th October Spot Pickup 11.13 Gisburn
Team received a direct page
from NW Ambulance Service to attend a male who had fallen from his mountain bike
in Gisburn Forest sustaining a serious leg injury. Cave Rescue Organisation
(CRO) contacted and requested to provide support. Weather conditions in the
forest appalling with heavy, wind swept rain and low visibility. On arrival the
patient had already been treated by a land ambulance crew and extracted to a
forest track. Initially, the Air Ambulance had been unable to land but a gap in
the weather allowed the casualty to be flown to hospital.
(26 Rescue Person Hours)
34. 4th October Search 19:11 Hrs Lancaster / Morecambe
Area. Team was contacted by Lancashire Police with a report
of a 22-year-old vulnerable male who had gone missing from a local college.
Missing since approx. 14:00 Hrs. Initially, it was unclear where the search
areas would be. Team was brought to standby and requested to attend our vehicle
in Garstang and Penwortham bases to ready vehicles. Team Leader and dog handlers
attending directly to the college to formulate a plan. However, on arrival we
were soon informed that the missing person was located, safe, some distance
away. Team stood down with 5 vehicles mobile and 19 persons attending (19 Rescue
33. 2nd October Body Recovery 09:45 Hrs Saddle Fell,
Bowland. Late on Saturday 1st October the body of a
fell walker was discovered in a peat bog on Saddle Fell.
Team was paged the following day by Lancashire Police to see if we could
assist with the recovery operation. Team Leader met with senior officers from
the Police and the Fire & Rescue Service at Saddle End Farm. The police
helicopter was then used to transport the Team Leader and a senior fire officer
to the scene and determine a plan for the recovery.
It was decide that Mountain Rescue would handle the recovery and the Team
was deployed to the hill in our 4 x 4 Landrovers with other police officers
arriving by helicopter. Once the
body had been removed from the peat bog the Team paused for a few moments
thought & respect for a fellow hill walker.
The body was then loaded on to the Police Helicopter to be flown off the
hill. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are expressed to the gentleman’s family
and friends at this sad time.
(70 Rescue Person Hours)
Advice: We would ask that if you are going out on the
fells on your own that you leave details of your intended route and return time.
Mobile phone coverage on the Bowland Fells is patchy in places and not always
September Spot Pickup 12:04 Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Team received a direct page from NW Ambulance Service to
attend a male who had fallen from his mountain bike in Gisburn Forest sustaining
a serious elbow injury. Air Ambulance not available at this time. Cave Rescue
Organisation (CRO) contacted and requested to provide support. They dispatched
one 4 x 4 vehicle with 2 persons. On arrival the patient had already been
treated by a land ambulance crew and a short, 300m carry to the waiting
ambulance was required. At this point the NW Air Ambulance (Helimed 08) arrived
on scene and was able to land close by.
Casualty carried by members of both teams on a mountain rescue Bell
stretcher to the waiting helicopter for onward transport to hospital. (24 Rescue
On Sunday 25th September the Team
again provided safety cover for the annual Three Peaks Cyclo Cross in the
Yorkshire Dales. The 49th running of the event. With nearly 600
riders competing this was a record entry. 36 Team members plus 9 potential new
members attending. The usual array of injuries being presented to our casualty
care post at the finish including cuts and bruises to legs, bodies and heads.
This is a tough event and starting to attract
a growing international reputation with competitors from Spain, Italy,
France, Holland, Australia and the USA.
Two hill incidents to report:
25th September Spot Pickup 13:30 Whernside, Yorkshire Dales.
As we were escorting the competitor from incident
30 another report was received of a competitor in trouble also on Whernside but
higher up on the mountain. Reported as in a survival bag (all competitors must
carry this essential item of kit) and with a broken ankle. We strategically
place medical Teams on the route and were able to get Team members to the
casualty within 10 minutes. Due to
the nature of the injury it was decided to request an Air Ambulance via
Yorkshire Ambulance Service. We also dispatched a pick up crew from Ribblehead
and further personal from the summit of Whernside.
However, on arrival at the scene the Great North Air Ambulance (Helimed
58) was unable to land due to the location of the casualty and the very wet
ground. A request was made for an RAF Sea King to attend the incident.
This was slightly delayed due to a need to refuel but the time wasn’t
wasted as the Team carried the casualty on a Bell mountain rescue stretcher
higher up to a more suitable, flat area. The casualty was winched into the Sea
King (Rescue 128) by strop for the journey to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. (54
Rescue person Hours)
September Spot Pickup 12:00 Hrs Whernside, Yorkshire Dales.
As part of providing safety cover for the Three Peaks
Cyclo Cross the Team received a report of a competitor with a broken collar bone
/ shoulder injury walking down from Whernside. Team dispatched a medical crew
from Ribblehead who quickly located him and escorted him off the hill. His
support crew took him to hospital in a private vehicle. (2 Rescue Person Hours)
S10. 23rd September Standby Search 23:00 Hrs Tonge Moor,
search dogs and handlers requested to assist Bolton MRT in a search for a
missing 6-year-old. Stood down, as they were about to deploy, as the young
person had been located safe.
29. 20th September Search 21:30 Hrs Rossendale Area.
Teams trailing dog and handler requested to assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT in a
search for a missing male.
The dog and handler made repeated attempts to
find the direction of travel of the missing person but kept coming back to the
man’s home address. This indicated that the person might have left the area by
car. Subsequent information received by the police confirmed that this was the
(3 Rescue Person Hours)
Rossendale & Pendle MRT incident 42/2011
S9. 20th September Standby Search 09:30 Hrs Settle Area.
Team trailing dog and handler requested by the Cave Rescue
Organisation (CRO) to be on stand by for a search in the Settle area.
. Unfortunately, the missing person was located deceased and our dog
handler did not deploy. The Team extends it thoughts and sympathies to family
and friends of the missing person. (3 Rescue Person Hours)
Cave Rescue Organisation Incident 62/2011
September Spot Pickup 11:54 Hrs Trough of Bowland.
Team received a page from NW Ambulance with a report of a
road cyclist having fallen into a steep gully at the top of the Trough of
Bowland. Team members staying at our Smelt Mill H.Q. in Trough were on scene
within 5 minutes. The casualty had made his way to the roadside and amazingly
had only suffered minor injuries. He
was treated by a land ambulance crew and the Team stood down with two 4 x 4
landrovers mobile and others attending directly. (10 Rescue Person Hours)
27. 12th September Search 11:15 Hrs Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire. Cheshire Search & Rescue Team requested the assistance
of the Teams trailing dog and handler in the search for a missing 16-year-old
male. Missing overnight. One other Team member attending to act as navigator /
support. Sadly, the missing persons
body was located shortly after 17:00 hrs. Search dog and handler from the Cave
Rescue Organisation (SARDA(England))
also assisting. The Team would like
to offer our thoughts and sympathies to the family of the missing person at this
very sad time. (12 Rescue Person
S8. 25th August Standby Search 17:06 Hrs Anglezarke near
Team requested to undertake an urgent search of the Anglezarke Quarry area and
surrounding moorland. A vulnerable elderly male had become separated from his
wife near Anglezarke Quarry. However, as details were being obtained and a
suitable RV selected the person was located, safe. A member of the public had
spotted the gentleman in a confused state some distance away from the area.
26. 23rd August Spot Pickup
11:16 Hrs Nicky Nook near Garstang.
Team paged with an urgent request from NW Ambulance Service. A female, aged 72,
had felt unwell and due to previous medical history it was decided evacuation
from the hill was required.
The North West Air Ambulance (Helimed 08) had landed some 300m away, uphill from
the casualty site, as the first Team members arrived on scene. The Team
carried the lady on a Bell mountain rescue stretcher to the waiting Air
Ambulance for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. (17.5 Rescue
25. 14th August Spot Pickup 16:41 Hrs River Ribble near Ribchester.
Team received a page from NW Ambulance Service to provide back up to a land
ambulance attending a female who had fallen with a suspected broken
ankle/leg. The NW Air Ambulance (Helimed 08) had been unable to land near the
casualty and had requested assistance from Mountain Rescue. The location of the
incident was in woods on the banks of the River Ribble near Dewhurst House
upstream from Ribchester. The Team carried the casualty about 1 Km along the
banks of the river on a very wet & narrow, slippery path to the waiting land
ambulance. 20 team members attending this incident with Rossendale & Pendle MRT
also receiving this page providing two persons.
S7. 7th August Standby Search 23:51 Hrs Stanley Park, Blackpool.
Team requested to provide advice and search for a missing vulnerable 70-year-old
male. Reported as missing at 20:30 hrs, in a wheel chair and unable to travel
very far. Possibly missing in Stanley Park. Police helicopter had searched area.
After speaking with the Lancashire Police MFH Manager it was decided not to
deploy the Team into Stanley Park, as available Police resources would be
adequate to complete the task. Team
remained on standby should further information be received. The person was
located, safe, when he made contact with his family in the early hours of the
following day. He had been staying at a local hotel in central Blackpool.
August Search 00:45 Hrs Quernmore near Lancaster.
Lancashire Police contacted the Team in the early hours following a report of a
missing male whose car had been located in the Quernmore area.
This was used as the Initial Planning Point or IPP for the search
operation. On arrival and as the
Team was setting up our Incident Control position the casualty was located very
quickly in woods close to the IPP. The Team gave immediate medical care.
He was then quickly transported from the scene on a Bell mountain rescue
stretcher and transferred to a waiting NWAS ambulance for the onward journey to
Royal Lancaster Infirmary. (20
Rescue Person Hours)
August Search 19:10 Hrs Duxbury Park Golf Course, Chorley. Team
requested to search for a vulnerable male who had been missing for some 24 hours
but his van had only just been located at the entrance to Duxbury Park Golf
Club. The Team including the use of our search dogs and the police helicopter
undertook an extensive search of the area. The team stood down at 01:30 hrs the
following day with the person still outstanding.
(138 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: At 06:00 hrs the missing person presented himself at Chorley Police
July Spot Pickup 18:13 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
The Team was requested by the North West Ambulance Service to attend a
46-year-old mountain biker described as “on the ground” but no other details.
Reported as near Hesbert Hall within the forest. Team stood down with vehicles
mobile and other persons attending direct when it was confirmed that the
casualty had made his own way to the waiting NWAS land ambulance at Tosside.
(10 Rescue Person Hours)
July Search 17:47 Hrs Bolton. Team
search dog handlers plus dogs Mij (trailing dog) and Floss (air scenting area
dog) requested to assist Bolton MRT with a search for a missing 80-year-old
male. They stood down on route, as news came that the gentleman had been
located, safe. (2
Rescue Person Hours)
Bolton MRT Incident 48/2011
July Search 14:04 Hrs Blackpool. Team
requested to search for a missing vulnerable male. An urgent search of sand
dunes / coastal area near Squires Gate/ Blackpool Airport was required. A number
of Team members were on scene within 10 minutes of the callout page and reported
very inclement weather & torrential rain. However, we were stood down with
vehicles and others responding direct to the RV. It was confirmed that the
Police Helicopter, ON99, had been able to clear this area of shore reporting
that not even dog walkers were out in the prevailing weather conditions.
Coastguard SAR also requested to assist with this search. (14 Rescue Person
19. 3rd July Spot Pickup 15:10 Hrs Gisburn Forest,
Bowland. The Team was requested by the North West Ambulance Service to
attend a fell walker with a broken leg in a remote part of Gisburn Forest.
Casualty had provided a very accurate location from his GPS and via mobile
phone. However, the Team was stood down with two vehicles mobile and persons
attending direct as the North West Air Ambulance had been able to access the
casualty. (10 Rescue Person
18. 29th June Spot Pickup 16:54 Hrs Saddle Fell, Bowland. Lancashire Police contacted the Team with an urgent report of a
male and a female in difficulty on Saddle Fell. Their planned route had been up
the Langden Valley, then via Bleadale Water to Saddle Fell and then on to
Totridge. However, after arriving at Saddle Fell and setting of towards Totridge
the male became trapped up to his thigh in a peat bog and was unable to extract
himself. The Team Leader was able to speak to the party by mobile phone and
determined that they were not injured but just stuck. Team accessed the moorland
from Saddle Fell Farm in 4 x 4 Landrovers and, after a short search, located the
trapped person above Burnslack Fell. Despite the vast array of equipment we
carry, digging with a spade was all that was required to free the gentlemen. The
walkers were then escorted off the fell and transported back to their vehicle
parked at Langden Intake in the Trough none the worse for their ordeal.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service providing support with a number of pumps at
the road head. (72 Rescue Person Hours)
Advice: Whilst there are many boggy peat patches across the Trough
we would ask that you all take particular care and enjoy your day out in the
fells of Bowland.
17. 22nd June Search 01:21 Hrs Blackpool. Team
requested to search for a missing 77-year-old female. Missing some 5 hours and
reported as in the Stanley Park, Victoria Hospital, Zoo, Golf Course, Marton
Mere area of Blackpool. Team stood down on arrival as the person had just been
located, safe, some distance from the potential search areas at Bispham. (14
Rescue Person Hours)
16. 20th June Search 08:54 Hrs Trowbarrow Quarry, Silverdale. Lancashire
Police paged the Team with an urgent request to assist in the search for a male,
aged 38, in the Silverdale area. Missing person described as vulnerable. Missing
for two days but car only located some hours previously to the Teams attendance
being requested. We set up Control at Silverdale Golf Club. Investigations had
determined that the person was a rock climber and initial hasty searches were
undertaken within Trowbarrow Quarry and surrounding woods. Search Team also
deployed to the Fairy Steps area just over the boarder in Cumbria.
We were assisted by a search dog and handler from the Lake District
Mountain Rescue Service Dog Association. The missing person was located, safe,
by the Team and returned to the Control location. Kendal MSRT also placed on
standby but not required. Police resources included MFH Manager, the Police
helicopter (Oscar November 99) and a support unit. PCSO’s had also been visiting
various properties & farms in the area.
Thanks to the café at the nearby RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve who
provided refreshments & sandwiches.
(48 Rescue Person Hours)
Over the weekend of
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th
June the Team provided support for the Sue Ryder Ribble Way Challenge. This
event runs over some 30 hours with walkers completing the 72 miles (100 km) from
Ribblehead in Yorkshire to the Dolphin Inn (Flying Fish) at Longton, west of
Preston. This proved to be an excellent training event for the Team with a MR
Control being run from our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough, with various
checkpoints and safety crews operational throughout the duration of the event.
Many minor injuries dealt with the most common being very large blisters!
The Team would like to congratulate all who took part in the event. Completing
this walk is an excellent achievement. One incident to report from the event.
15. 19th June
Spot Pickup 01:53 Hrs Jumbles Rocks near Great Mitton.
A participant in the Sue Ryder event, who was unable to walk any further due to
being very tired & with sore feet, had got quite cold. Team located person on
banks of River Ribble near Jumbles Rocks and treated for mild hypothermia. Team
Landrover then used to evacuate person to waiting ambulance.
(8 Rescue Person Hours)
S6. 22nd May Standby Search 16:53 Hrs Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.
Team requested to provide advice and search for a missing vulnerable 90-year-old
male. As initial contact was made with the Lancashire Constabulary Missing From
Home Manager the person was reported as located, safe. No further details were
14. 5th May Local Incident 06:00 Hrs Anglezarke Moor.
third day of support for Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. Again working with
colleagues from Bolton MRT we provided two 4 x 4 Landrovers as the final push to
extinguish the fire was made by LF&RS. Team stood down at approximately 19:00
hrs. The fire was completely extinguished on the 7th May after
burning for some eight days. Please note that during this type of incident we do
not actually fight the fires. That is left to the Fire Service.
We provide communications, transport, extensive local knowledge and
support where we can. (60 Rescue
13. 4th May Local Incident 08:00 Hrs Anglezarke Moor.
Continuing with provision of assistance to Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.
Following an early morning (04:00 Hrs) conference between Bolton MRT’s Team
Leader and our Team Leader it was decided that both Teams would provide support
at the moorland fire on Anglezarke & Withnell Moors. Three Landrovers made
available. With a number of handovers of drivers throughout the day the Team
eventually stood down at just after 20:00hrs. (72 Rescue Person Hrs)
12. 1st May Local Incident 13:45 Hrs Anglezarke Moor.
Request received from Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service to provide support
on Anglezarke Moor where they had been tackling an extensive moorland fire for
Bolton MRT had provided support on the previous day. Two Landrovers made
available for transporting fire fighters, water and equipment onto the moors.
(30 Rescue Person Hrs)
11. 27th April Search 14:41 Hrs Tawd Vale near Lathom, West
Police paged the Team with an urgent request to assist in the search for a male,
aged 32, in the area of Tawd Vale Scout Campsite near Parbold. Described as
vulnerable and highly mobile. Only missing since 14:15 Hrs. At this point very
little was known about this person and due to the high mobility it was decided
that additional information was required before we could assist. At 18:00 hrs
the Team was re-contacted, as the person was still outstanding, and further
information had been obtained from family. It was decided to search woodland
around the Scout Camp and farmland between the campsite and the missing persons
home. Following an extensive search of the area the missing person was located,
uninjured, by Team members at approximately 22:35 hrs. This search involved the
use of our SARDA mountain rescue search dogs and 20 Team members. (100 Rescue
10. 26th April
Spot Pickup 13:01 Hrs Saddle End Farm near Chipping.
The Team was contacted by the North West Ambulance Service to attend a male fell
walker with a patella (knee cap) injury on a track between Wolfen Hall and
Saddle End Farm. However, the NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 08 was able to land
close by the casualty and the Team stood down responding with two vehicles
mobile and others attending direct.
(11 rescue Person Hours).
9. 24th April
Spot Pickup 12:31 Hrs Beacon Fell Country Park near Chipping.
The Team was paged by the North West Ambulance Service to attend a female near
the summit Trig Point of Beacon Fell. Reported as having fallen and sustained a
broken ankle. The casualty was carried by the Team on a long board to the
waiting NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 08 for onward transport to the Royal Preston
Hospital. (15 Rescue Person Hours).
S5. 23rd April Standby Search 16:48 Hrs Blackpool.
Team requested to assist in the search for a vulnerable female, missing for two
weeks, but a recent possible sighting reported.
Search areas identified very small in MR terms with extensive derelict
buildings, which we requested the Police to search. As no suitable task for MR
had been identified we did not deploy. Whilst dealing with this request we
received news that the missing male from S4 below had been located, safe.
S4. 23rd April Standby Search 15:32 Hrs Trough of Bowland.
Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager
with a “heads up” for a missing male, reported as depressed. Reported as in his
car and possibly in the Littledale, Jubilee Tower and Trough areas. Police
helicopter searching the Trough, Brennand & Whitendale valleys.
Team requested to be ready to deploy onto the fells should it be
8. 22nd April
Spot Pickup 13:02 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Trough of Bowland.
The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) contacted the Team with a report from the
Yorkshire Ambulance Service of a male mountain biker with head and rib injuries
in the Whelp Stone Crag area of Gisburn Forest. Team and CRO members carried the
casualty to the NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 72 that had landed on the summit of
Whelp Stone Crag. The casualty was then air lifted to Blackburn Royal Infirmary.
(25 Rescue Person Hours).
April Search 16:43 Hrs Stannah Country Park, Fylde. The
Team was contacted by Lancashire Police to assist in the developing search for a
vulnerable 74-year-old male who was known to be a regular visitor to the Country
Park at Stannah. Missing since
approximately 14:30 hrs and described as not being able to travel very far.
In a measured response the Teams Control vehicle, search dogs and those
Team members living close by were initially dispatched to commence “segment” and
“hasty” searches around the country park. The rest of the Team then
collected other vehicles and resources from our Garstang & Penwortham bases.
Despite an extensive search of paths, a disused railway line and farmland
lasting 6 hours the person could not be located. This included using trailing &
area SARDA (Wales & England) search dogs and Team members on mountain bikes
along the coastal path. The Teams
water search unit searched a deep culvert near the Place Last Seen (PLS). We
requested assistance from Coastguard SAR with the search of an area of marshland
close to the River Wyre. The Police helicopter was used in the early phase of
the operation with other police resources including dogs, support units and
PCSO’s in the more urban areas of Thornton near the missing person’s home.
The Team stood down shortly after 23:00 hrs with all our identified tasks
completed. (186 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. Thankfully, the missing person was located,
safe, in Blackpool at approximately 05:00 hrs the following day.
March Spot Pickup 20:17 Hrs White Coppice, near Chorley.
The Team was contacted by the North West Ambulance Service to attend a female
mountain biker who had taken a fall with chest and rib injuries reported. Team
deployed to the Brinscall area where the casualty location had initially been
reported but were soon diverted to White Coppice. Team located the casualty
north of White Coppice on the The Goit track, where we then undertook
initial assessments and casualty care. Two ambulance service paramedics were
also escorted by the Team to the casualty. Once the casualty had been stabilised
and made comfortable the Team transported her to the waiting ambulance on a
mountain rescue Bell stretcher. (16 rescue Person Hours).
5. 27th March Spot Pickup 09:55 Hrs
Forest, Trough of Bowland.
The team were called to assist a mountain biker riding a trail near Whelp stone
Crag in Gisburn Forest, who had fallen and sustained an ankle injury.
Team requested the Cave
Rescue Organisation (CRO) to provide backup support and they duly dispatched one
of their vehicles.
The casualty was eventually evacuated by air ambulance with the assistance of
locals. Both teams stood down just prior to arrival on scene. (12 Rescue Person
4. 24th March Spot Pickup 18:58 Hrs Healy Nab
The North West Ambulance Service requested assistance with a vulnerable male on
Healy Nab. Initially it was thought that a stretcher carry was required. First
Team members on scene met up with the Ambulance paramedics who were actually
walking the casualty down and a stretcher was not required. Team stood down at
19:27 Hrs with two vehicles mobile and others attending direct.
(10 Rescue Person Hours)
3. 19th March Spot Pickup 11:52 Hrs Holme
House Fell, Bleasdale.
Whilst providing safety cover for the Fiendsdale Fell Race, the Team were
required to rescue one of the runners.
47-year-old male sustained lower right leg injuries whilst descending towards
one of the checkpoints on Holme House Fell north of Chipping.
The injured man was attended by three Team members who splinted his leg and
administered pain relief. A stretcher party used two of the Teams 4 x 4 Land
Rovers to get as close as possible to the casualty site. Following a short
stretcher evacuation the injured runner was placed inside one of the vehicles
and transferred to Stang Yule to a waiting land ambulance. He was then taken to
Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.
This annual event was run in good weather conditions by over 60 runners from
across the north west. The course starts and finishes at Fell Foot taking in
Spot Height “1707”, Fiendsdale Head, Fairsnape & Parlick Pike. (12 rescue Person
2. 12th March Spot Pickup 12:02 Hrs Boggy
Wood, Wadecar Scout Camp.
Whilst attending a training event for the Bowlander Hike at Wadecar Scout Camp a
female, aged 16, from a school group collapsed and fell a short distance down a
steep slope. Thankfully, no serious injuries sustained and she was recovered to
the main campsite using a Team Landrover.
(3 Rescue Person Hours)
February Standby Search 02:46 Hrs Thornton, Fylde.
An early hours page to the Teams Incident Controllers to assist in the
developing search for a vulnerable female.
As a plan was being made the good news came that the lady had been found
safe and again we did not deploy.
S2. 31st January Standby Search 12:34 Hrs Singleton,
Team requested to assist in the search of
farmland around village for a vulnerable male, missing for three days, and
giving cause for concern.
support units, helicopter and horses already deployed. Search areas identified
very small in MR terms. As no suitable task for MR could be identified we did
1. 27th January Spot Pickup 14:59 Hrs Gisburn
Forest. Bowland. Team received a request
from the NW Ambulance Service to provide back-up to the NW Air Ambulance (Helimed
08) attending a mountain biker who had fallen and sustained a shoulder injury in
Gisburn Forest. Team requested the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) to
provide backup support and they duly dispatched one of their vehicles with two
persons on board. Team stood down on route with two vehicles mobile and
others attending direct when it was determined casualty had already been carried
to the waiting Air Ambulance and flown to the Royal Preston Hospital. (12 Rescue
S1. 25th January Standby Search 11:00 Hrs Ashurst’s
Team requested to search for a missing male in the Skelmersdale area. Missing
for some time. Request made by the Team to attend at weekend when more members
would be available. However, search went ahead as planned with extensive police
resources without the Team.