June. Spot Pick-up. 18:38 Hrs. High Bullough Reservoir, Anglezarke near Chorley.
Team was contacted by the NW Ambulance Service with a report of a
mountain biker with a severe ankle injury near the dam at High Bullough
Reservoir. NW Air Ambulance attending but Team needed to carry person to the
landing zone. A Bolton MRT vehicle and three persons were in the area and they
were also asked to respond by our Team Leader. Casualty was carried to the
waiting Helimed for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. 15 Team
members on scene with a further 14 stood down responding. (32 Rescue Person
June. Spot Pick-up. 13:24 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team received a
request from NW Ambulance Service to assist a mountain biker with an open
fracture of his leg. Reported as on steep ground. However, we stood down almost
immediately with one vehicle mobile and others going direct. The NW Air
Ambulance had been able to get close to the casualty and the terrain was not as
rough as initially reported. This incident happened on "Hope Line". (70 Rescue
June. Search/Spot Pick-up. 16:30 Hrs. Clougha Area, Bowland. The Team
had been providing fell safety cover for the annual Clougha Pike Fell Race. No
incidents to report from the race but as the last of our Team members were
returning from the hill we were approached by a race marshal who reported a male
with a "broken leg" being helped down to the car park at Rigg Lane / Birk Bank
by two companions. Seven Team members and two vehicles immediately relocated to
the car park and commenced a search on foot up the path towards Clougha Pike. In
anticipation of locating a casualty a full set of rescue kit was taken. The
casualty and his group were located just above the woods on a steep slope. They
were having difficulty progressing further. The gentlemen did indeed have a leg
injury and could not weight bear on it. A page was made for further Team members
to attend. It was decided to request the NW Air Ambulance and it was able to
attend. Team members carried the casualty a short distance up hill to the
helicopter and he was flown to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. (21 Rescue Person
June. Search. 21:26 Hrs. Garstang. Just as we were returning to our
Garstang Vehicle Base after Wednesday evening training we received a page from
Lancashire Police concerning an elderly couple missing in the Garstang area.
Last seen at approx. 18:30 Hrs and giving cause for concern for their safety.
Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader immediately travelling the short distance to
Garstang Police Station to obtain details. Rest of Team brought to standby and
those still in the Garstang area asked to return to our vehicle base. It was
decided that the Team would concentrate on the high risk areas of the Lancaster
Canal and the River Wyre. Four Team members on mountain bikes immediately sent
along the canal towpath with other Team members tasked with searching the banks
of the River Wyre which was in low water conditions. Other Team members
allocated to woods and fields around the Place Last Seen with the Police
requested to concentrate their resources within the town. However, the incident
was stood down at 22:53 Hrs when it was discovered that the couple had been
admitted to the Royal Preston Hospital as one of them had suffered a fall. 25
Team members on this search. (37.5 Rescue Person Hours)
25. 7th June. Spot
Pick-up. 19:07 Hrs. Wolf Fell, Bowland. The
Team Leader was contacted directly by the Lancashire Police Force Incident
Manager. They had received a 999 call relating to a paraglider who had crashed
near Parlick Pike. Initial reports were that casualty had sustained a foot /
lower leg injury but was unable to walk. Team leader was able to speak directly
with the casualty scene and determined that the location was closer to Wolf Fell
at a prominent rocky out crop. It was decided that the Team would access the
fell via Wolfen Hall rather than the trek on foot over Parlick itself allowing
our Landrover’s to get closer. On arrival the casualty had been moved downhill
by a gamekeeper on a quad bike. However, on meeting up with the rescue team the
casualties pain level had increased. Due to the nature of the incident with the
casualty falling from height on to his feet it was decided take the
precautionary steps of fully immobilising the patient. Pain killing drugs were
administered. In failing light the casualty was evacuated to the Royal Preston
Hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance that had been called. Sixteen Team
members involved in this incident with three other MR persons from Penrith,
Buxton and Dartmoor Teams who were on a trailing dog training course at our
Smelt Mill HQ also assisting. (70 Rescue Person Hours)
24. 7th June.
Search. 09:00 Hrs. Roby Mill, Up Holland near Skelmersdale.
Team requested to continue the search for a 46-year-old
male now missing for some 10 days (see Incident 22). The third day of searching
with the Team requested to return and carry out more detailed searches of
priority areas. Ten Team members joined by three Team members from Bolton MRT.
Just as the first tasks were being completed the good news came at midday that
the missing person had been located, safe, outside the identified search area at
Ainsdale near Southport. (10 Rescue Person Hours)
23. 6th June. Spot
Pick-up. 12:22 Hrs. Parlick Pike, Bowland. A
report was received from the North West Ambulance Service of a crashed
paraglider on Parlick Pike. On landing the casualty had been dragged down hill
for some distance sustaining back and leg injuries. However, the Team stood down
responding with two vehicles mobile and others going direct.
Information received that the NW Air Ambulance had been able
to land next to the casualty. The casualty was not on steep ground as initially
reported. 11 Team members
22. 5th June.
Search. 17:23 Hrs. Roby Mill, Up Holland near Skelmersdale.
Team requested to search for a 46-year-old male possibly
missing for some 8 days since the 28th May but his car only just
located. The Team carried out extensive searches of woodland, open ground and
farm land around the place last see. Standing down at last light. Nothing found.
The Team’s SARDA(England) search dog and handler also assisting. Police
resources including support units and helicopter. 29 Team members in attendance.
(130 Rescue Person Hours)
21. 26th May. Spot Pick-Up. 13:00 Hrs.
Bolton Abbey Woods, North Yorkshire. A Team
member whilst out walking at Bolton Abbey came across a group of walkers. A
female walker in the group had fallen on a rocky path and sustained facial
injuries. With the help of a local ranger he stayed with the casualty until the
arrival of Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics and the Upper Wharfedale Team.
She was then able to be walked to safety. (1.5 Rescue Person Hours)
May. Spot Pick-Up. 14:28 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Team requested to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a mountain biker who had
fallen and sustained head, neck and back injuries on the Gisburn Forest mountain
bike trails. The NW Air Ambulance had not been able to reach the incident
location due to inclement weather. Team contacted the Cave Rescue Organisation
to provide assistance and backup. However, both Teams stood down responding as
the land Ambulance paramedics had reached the scene and the casualty was easily
accessible. This incident happened on the bottom section of the "Hope Line" near
Hesbert Hall. (6.5 Rescue Person Hours)
May. Standby Search. 01.07 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team paged by
Lancashire Police with a report of a missing orienteer in Gisburn Forest. Out
with a group of friends on a night exercise and had failed to return. Concern
that the person may be injured within the forest. Having discussed options with
the Police Force Incident Manager it was decided to respond and undertake a
search. However, before a full Team page could be put out the person was
located, safe. (0.5 Rescue Person Hour)
19. 7th May. Spot Pick-Up.
15:11 Hrs. St. Michael’s-on-Wyre. Team requested to assist the NW Ambulance
Service with a male who had fallen down a steep bank. Reported with lower leg
injuries. Team members who live & work locally were quickly on scene. It was
determined that resources on scene could deal with the incident and the casualty
was carried the short distance to the waiting ambulance. Our responding vehicles
were stood down on route. (12 Rescue Person Hours)
18. 6th May. Spot Pick-Up.
15:12 Hrs. Healey Nab near Chorley. Team Leader contacted directly by Bolton
MRT. They were responding to a request from the Lancashire Police to assist a
mountain biker on Healy Nab and could we provide back up? Team paged for those
local to Chorley to attend with 8 persons responding including a member of Swaledale Team on exercise with our Tracking Team at White Coppice. The combined
Teams evacuating the casualty to the waiting NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 08. (8
Rescue Person Hours)
17. 4th May. Spot
Pick-Up. 15:39 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Team requested to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a mountain biker who had
fallen and sustained shoulder and arm injuries. First Team members were quickly
on scene and assisted with walking the casualty to the waiting NW Air Ambulance,
Helimed 08, that had also been dispatched. Casualty was evacuated by Air
Ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital. This incident happened on the "Leap of
Faith" (12 Rescue Person Hours)
S09. 20th April.
Standby Search. 18:19 Hrs. Easington Fell, Bowland.
Team Incident Controllers paged with a report of four 15 year-old-males, on a
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, who had not reached a number of checkpoints on
their route and had not been seen for some hours. Some concern for their safety
but as you would expect they were very well equipped. Team members brought to
standby and requested to ready vehicles at our Garstang and Penwortham bases as
a precaution. Teams search dog and handler dispatched to area should a search be
required. However, as these preparations were being made news came that the lads
had sorted themselves out, re-found their route and were continuing to finish
their expedition. Well done! (10 Rescue Person Hour)
16. 14th April. Spot
Pick-Up. 13:45 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Team members, present at the opening of the new Mountain Bike Trails at Gisburn
Forest, attended a male who had fallen from his bike and sustained a head
injury. The Team was unable to locate the person at the reported location of the
incident. However, the casualty had made his way to the new café where he was
checked over and kept warm by the Team. After an hour and a couple of cups of
tea later the casualty decided to make his own way home. This incident happened
on "Hope Line". (4.5 Rescue Person Hours)
April. Spot Pick-Up. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
A Team member came across a injured mountain biker on the red route 'The 8', he
had fallen from the high log ride in the middle of the route and gone head first
into a tree. He was assisted by a passing team member from Rossendale & Pendle MRT
paramedics from the NW Air Ambulance arrived. The biker who had
sustained facial cuts and a possible neck injury, this was later confirmed and
the biker had broken three of the bones in his back and will be in a neck brace
for the next 8 weeks. This
person was evacuated to hospital by the Air Ambulance.
15. 9th April. Spot
Pick-Up. 20:27 hrs. Torrisholme Barrow, Morecambe.
A 2nd callout of the day. The NW Ambulance Service had a report of a
male with a serious ankle injury at Torrisholme Barrow on the outskirts of
Morecambe. No ambulance immediately available with one on-route from the South
Team members who live locally were first on scene
within 10 minutes giving immediate first aid and protecting the casualty from
the cold with a rescue shelter. Support provided by other Team members in
vehicles from our Garstang and Preston bases.
Team vehicles stood down responding when an
ambulance arrived quicker than expected from the Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Team
members at the scene used equipment (a long board) from the ambulance to carry
the patient to the road head.
(8 Rescue Person Hours)
14. 9th April. Spot
Pick-Up. 14:43 hrs. Thornley-with-Wheatley, Longridge.
A farmer had fallen from a quad bike and sustained a back injury in remote woods
on steep ground. NW Ambulance Service requested we assist paramedics and the
crew from the NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 72, with the extraction.
However, on arrival it was determined that the
person was not as badly injured as first thought.
being checked by the Team and paramedics everyone stood down on scene.
10 team members and two mountain rescue
Landrover’s attending this incident.
(10 Rescue Person Hours)
March. Standby Local Incident / Bad Weather. 06:03 Hrs. Slaidburn, Bowland.
Team paged by NW Ambulance Service with a request
to escort paramedics to the same remote farmhouse north of Slaidburn as Incident
13. Ambulance Control requested to see if they could access via the route used
on the previous incident via Slaidburn and not the more direct route from
Team members heading to our vehicle bases. However,
information received that the Ambulance crew had been able to access via the
alternative route and we did not deploy.
(1 Rescue Person Hour)
March. Local Incident / Bad Weather. 01:00 Hrs. Slaidburn, Bowland.
Team paged by NW Ambulance Service with a request
to escort paramedics to a remote farmhouse north of Slaidburn. On arrival it was
determined that paramedics
had been able to reach Newton in their ambulance but could go no further due to
deep drifting snow on a very steep, icy road. By this time the 2nd
Landrover had arrived from Incident 12 and it was decided
to go via Slaidburn, a slightly longer but flatter route. Team transported the
paramedics through snow drifts up to 2m high in places to the farmhouse and
assisted with the patient. After checking with the NW Ambulance Service Control
at Broughton in Preston that they had no further
incidents for us the Team eventually returned to our
Garstang & Penwortham vehicle bases at approx. 06:00 hrs.
(22.5 Rescue Person Hours)
Local Incident / Bad Weather. 00:24 Hrs. Barnacre,
Grizedale Bridge. Lancashire Police requested
that the Team assist in the recovery of four persons trapped in their car near
Grizedale Lea Reservoir, Barnacre. No injuries reported but other vehicles who
had attempted to reach them also stuck. Team Leader was able to speak directly
to the persons by mobile phone and confirmed they were safe but getting very
cold. Two 4 x 4 Landrover’s sent to assist from our vehicle bases at Garstang &
Penwortham. On route the Landrover crew from our Garstang base
across a car trapped in a large snowdrift with
persons about to attempt to make the trip home, over a mile away, on foot, in
the arctic conditions with temperatures below -10 to -15 degrees and deep
did not appear to be appropriate to the conditions. Persons picked up from their
vehicle and taken to a safe location. The
then continued to the original incident. On arrival a Police 4 x 4 had also made
it through the deep snow and this was used to transport the four persons to
Garstang with the Team Landrover acting as escort. During this incident our
second Landrover from Penwortham was diverted to Incident 13. Other Team members
on standby to assist if required.
Rescue Person Hours)
Local Incident / Bad Weather.
21:05 Hrs. Wheelton near Chorley.
Team requested by NW Ambulance Service to assist
with an ambulance with a patient on-board stuck in a snow drift in Wheelton.
Team members immediately attending our Penwortham
base to ready a 4 x 4 Landrover. However, a Team member who lives locally was
able to access the incident and determined that the patient had been transferred
to another land ambulance and was on-route to hospital. The Team member then
assisted with the recovery of the original ambulance.
(2.5 Rescue Person Hours)
Animal Rescue. 11:00 Hrs. Scout
Rock, Hareden, Trough of Bowland.
members at our Smelt Mill H.Q. in the Trough of Bowland were approached by a
local farmer to see if we could assist with the recovery of a sheep from a ledge
at Scout Rock in the Hareden Valley.
Six Team members dispatched to investigate.
On arrival it was soon determined that the animal
was not in the best of shape and unable to stand having been on the ledge for
over a week. The
sheep was recovered to the farm at Hareden and is, hopefully, on the way to
Rescue Person Hours)
9. 27th February.
Search. 10:00 Hrs. Burscough near Ormskirk.
again joined by Bolton MRT, police resources
members of the public met at Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetland Trust to commence
a third day of searching. Intention was to search a very large area of farm &
moss lands. At
approx. 10:45 Hrs the very sad news came that the missing person had been
located, deceased, by Police Officers in an area to the south of the Nature
Reserve. Team members from Bolton MRT again assisting.
The Teams thoughts and condolences are extended
to the missing person’s young family and friends
at this very sad time. (7.5 Rescue Person Hours)
S7. 26th February.
Standby Search. 23:54 Hrs. Morecambe.
Controllers page with a request to help with a search for an elderly male aged
82, reported as suffering dementia, missing in the centre of Morecambe.
After discussion with the Police no suitable area
for us to search could be determined and with our commitment with incidents 7, 8
and 9 it was decided we would not attend.
8. 26th February.
Search. 09:51 Hrs. Burscough near Ormskirk.
The Team was contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist with a
second day of searching for the missing female. This time concentrating on a
number of specific locations including dense woodland,
open ground and water margins.
Again assisted by Bolton MRT’s Trailing dog and
handler plus navigator. Also joined by other members of Bolton MRT. Members of
the public again assisting in the search but nothing found. (81 Rescue Person
Search. 11:15 Hrs. Burscough near Ormskirk.
The Team was
contacted by Lancashire Police requesting our assistance with the search for a
missing 31-year-old female from Burscough. Missing since the previous day and
giving cause for concern.
Extensive searches of open ground, farmland and
disused railway embankments undertaken plus a search of the Leeds & Liverpool
Canal. Team assisted by Bolton MRT’s SARDA(Wales) Trailing Dog Borris, handler
A large number of members of the public also
searching following social media appeals.
stood down at 18:15 Hrs with all current tasks completed but the missing person
still outstanding. 19 Team members attending. (133 Rescue Person Hours)
6. 19th February, Spot Pick-Up, 13:00 hrs.
Smelt Mill Clough, Trough of Bowland.
A worker from the local water supplier slipped and fell
injuring his ankle near the water intake in Smelt Mill Clough, Trough of Bowland.
This location is a few hundred metres up the hillside from our headquarters at
Smelt Mill Cottages.
Four Team members who were undertaking repairs and
maintenance on the building quickly accessed the casualty and determined that
the rest of the Team would not be required.
Assisted by the injured person’s colleagues they
brought the casualty down to the road on a stretcher for handover to paramedics
who had arrived in a land ambulance. (2 Rescue Person Hours)
S6. 5th February. Search Advice. 23:12 Hrs.
Team Incident Controllers contacted by a
Lancashire Police Missing from Home Manager requesting advice on a developing
search for a gentleman in Leyland. Person giving case for concern as to his
safety. From the available information it was decided not to deploy the Team. A
number of small areas close to the Place Last Seen suggested for the Police to
search. Team available for a first light start if required. We understand that
the gentleman contacted his family and is, thankfully, safe.
S5. 3rd February. Standby Search. 17:12 Hrs.
Warton Crag near Carnforth.
Team Incident Controllers page with a request to
help in the search for a 13-year-old female on Warton Crag near Carnforth. Last
seen at the trig point on the summit of the crag.
One of the Teams Incident Controllers was
dispatched to rendezvous with Police at Warton with others making to our vehicle
base in Garstang to prepare vehicles. However, before a full team page could be
initiated the good news came that the girl had made her own way off the crag and
Standby Bad Weather Cover. 05:00 Hrs All
Lancashire (Continued). Following our
stand down from Incident 4 the North West Ambulance Service was contacted to see
if they needed any assistance. The following 7 incidents attended mainly in East
i) Tarleton, West Lancashire. Male, Elderly, Renal issues.
Patient required transfer to the Royal Preston Hospital. On arrival it was
determined that transport in a Mountain Rescue 4 x 4 was unsuitable for this
patient and informed that they would have to wait for a Land Ambulance.
ii) Darwen. Male, Elderly.
attended at a house in Darwen where a patient was reported as having difficulty
getting back to his bed upstairs. Ambulance crew unable to access. On arrival it
became apparent that the gentleman was quite happy where he was downstairs and
the Team departed.
iii) Accrington. Female, Elderly. Reported as unable to get
up following a fall. Ambulance crew managed to access and we were diverted while
on-route to the next incident.
iv) Darwen, Female. Ambulance with female patient on board
stuck in snow and unable to move. Team attended and freed the Ambulance
escorting it to the main road where it proceeded to the Royal Blackburn
v) Burnley. Team requested to attend a male in a house at
Accrington. Apparently unconscious. Diverted to following incident whilst on
vi) Wilpshaw, Male, Elderly. Team requested to assist a
Paramedic in a Rapid Response Vehicle who had attended an elderly male in some
pain at a house in Wilpshaw. Due to the steep nature of the roads in the area an
Ambulance unable to access. Team transported the patient and his wife to the
Royal Blackburn Hospital. Thanks to the patients wife for the directions to RBH.
Far better than any GPS system!
vii) Rossendale & Pendle MRT had
received a report via Lancashire Police of a male who had been trapped in his
car since 19:00 Hrs the previous day due to snow in a remote area.
It was determined that the person was near
It was decided to send a Landrover from each Team
to carry out a search. Teams stood down on-route when the news was received that
the gentleman had made his way to a local farm and was safe.
The Team stood down from this cover at 14:00 Hrs. (38 Rescue
Major Incident. 23:35 Hrs M6, Charnock Richard.
As part of our
standard operating procedures we inform Lancashire Police that we are
operational when we are called directly by the NW Ambulance Service (the Fire &
Rescue Service usually request us via the Police). On contacting Lancashire
Police to inform them of our deployment on Incident S4 we were informed of a
developing incident on the M6 near Charnock Richard Services. A significant snow
fall had caused a number of lorries to “jack knife” and block the road south
just to north of Junction 26.
The resulting tail back was back as far as
Junction 28 with hundreds of vehicle’s stationary.
Stationary traffic also reported on the M61 near
Junction 8 and on the M65 between Junctions 3 & 4. A major incident had been
declared due to concern for the safety of person in the stranded vehicles. Team
to attend at Charnock Richard Services and set up a Command Centre.
Team Leader requested to co-ordinate the Mountain
Rescue response. NW Ambulance Service informed that we had been diverted to this
incident. Bolton MRT, already out covering parts of Greater Manchester for NWAS,
contacted to give them a “heads up” that they may be required to assist on the
On arrival at the Service Station it was determined that
the M65 and M61 were now moving again but the M6 was still a problem. The Team
deployed onto the motorway to walk down between the rows of stranded cars to
check everyone was OK with a Landrover on the hard shoulder as support. Some 7
Km of road walked with members of the public being given advice on how to stay
warm. The majority of people in good spirits and looking out for each other but
some a bit frustrated having been stuck for up to 7 hours. One Landrover
dispatched to the north carriageway to assist with a diabetic motorist. Shortly
before 05:00 Hrs traffic began to move slowly and we stood down. (35 Rescue
S4. 25th January.
Standby Bad Weather Cover. 22:59 Hrs All
Following a request from the North West Ambulance Service two of our 4 x 4 land
rovers were made available.
NWAS were starting to experience difficulties due
to snow and icy road conditions.
made to locate vehicle’s at team members homes should they be required. However,
as the vehicles were being moved from our Garstang and Penwortham bases we were
soon diverted to Incident 4.
Standby Bad Weather Cover. 10:06 Hrs South of Chorley.
A further request from the North West Ambulance Service to provide bad weather
cover. One Landrover placed at a Team member’s house just north of Chorley ready
for immediate deployment. A second crew on standby to collect a second Landrover
from our Garstang vehicle base should it be required. We stood down from this
standby at 15:00 Hrs on 22nd January. No incidents to report.
S2. 18th January.
Search Advice. 13:05 Hrs. Waddington near Clitheroe.
team leader was contacted direct by the Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager
(FIM). He had received a report of what was described as a powered parapenter in
difficulties over the Clitheroe / Waddington area. It was decided that due to
the size of area and with no one reported missing that is was not possible to
mount a search at this time. Team Leader contacted the FIM during the afternoon
but still with no one reported missing by the early evening the log was closed.
3. 17th January.
Standby Bad Weather Cover. 12:02 Hrs. All
Following a request from the North West Ambulance Service two of our 4 x 4
Landrover’s were made available anticipating bad weather, snow and icy road
conditions from 02:00 Hrs 18th January onwards over the next 48
hours. Landrovers placed with Team members at their homes ready for immediate
deployment should they be required. Other Team members available who lived
nearby to act as second crew.
Two incidents to report:
18th January. 16:05. Parbold.
Team responded to report of female with back
injuries after a sledging accident. At bottom of hill and needing to be carried
out. However, the North West Air Ambulance was able to get closer than expected
and we stood down with two vehicle’s mobile and others responding direct.
18th January 23:07. A farm, South of Chorely.
Team requested to assist with the transport of a patient to hospital from a farm
near Chorley. Farm track very icy. Land ambulance stuck with patient on-board. A
First Responders in a car and a St. Johns Ambulance 4 x4 also stuck.
Team responded with both standby Landrover’s and
other Team members who live locally. However, we were again stood down after
news was received that the ambulance crew had sorted themselves out and were on
their way to hospital.
eventually stood down from this standby cover at midday on the 19th
S1. 14th January.
Standby Search. 12:08 Hrs. River Ribble, Penwortham, Preston.
With two of the Teams land rovers already deployed (Incident 2 below) we were
contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist in the on-going search
for a vulnerable female. Missing since approx. 07:00 Hrs in the Penwortham area
with her home adjacent to a golf course and the River Ribble. As the Team was
about to deploy the news came that the person had been located and had been
transported to the Royal Preston Hospital.
2. 14th January.
Standby Bad Weather Cover. 10:00 Hrs North & East
Following a request from the North West Ambulance Service two of our 4 x 4 land
rovers were made available.
NWAS had been experiencing difficulties due to
snow and icy road conditions. Rossendale & Pendle MRT also called out. Team
stationed one vehicle at Blackburn and one vehicle at Lancaster. However, the
weather conditions improved and the Team stood down at 15:30 Hrs. (27.5 rescue
1. 7th January.
21:23 Hrs. River Ribble, Ribchester.
The Team was
contacted to see if we could assist in a multi-agency search for a missing male,
aged 72, and giving cause for concern as to his safety. His car and been located
near the former De Tably Arms public house by the River Ribble at Ribchester
Bridge. Working with Lancashire Police and the Lancashire Fire and Rescue
Service an extensive search of the river banks, surrounding fields and farmland
LF&RS deploying a boat into the river. Team
searching as far downstream as Sunderland Hall and Hothershall Lodge. The 18
Team members attending stood down at 04:00 Hrs with the person still
outstanding. Team’s search dog, Floss and handler also undertaking a difficult
search of steep woodland adjacent to the river. Police dog and helicopter units
also involved. The following day the search recommenced with Bolton MRT being
called in to take over from us. (117 Rescue Person Hours)
Update. 3rd February 2013. Unfortunately, the body of the missing person was
located today near Samlesbury. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to
members of the missing persons family and friends.