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54. 28th December. Search. 22:43 Hrs. Fulwood,
Preston. Team requested to search for a vulnerable female who was
giving Police cause for concern as to her safety. Last seen at approximately
18:30 Hrs but only reported missing at 21:30 Hrs. Areas of woodland and parkland
searched but nothing found. Team stood down just after 03:00 Hrs with the person
still outstanding having completed all identified tasks from the information
available. 13 Team members attending this incident. (52 Rescue Person Hours)
Postscript: We understand that the missing person contacted her family later in
the day from Blackpool and that, thankfully, she was safe.
53. 28th December. Spot Pick-Up. 13:13 Hrs. White Coppice, Anglezarke,
West Pennine Moors. Deputy Team leader received a call from Bolton MRT.
They had been advised of a female, aged 53, with a leg/ankle injury having
slipped on ice. Incident passed to us as in our operational area. Casualty had
fallen just at the start of the steep descent from the moors to White Coppice.
With injuries treated with a vacuum splint, pain relieving gas administered and
wrapped in a warm casualty bag the casualty was carried down to the Cricket
Ground at White Coppice. (20 Rescue Person Hours)
52. 24th December. Spot Pick-Up. 11:52 Hrs. Lord’s Lot Wood near
Carnforth. North West Ambulance Service paged the Team with a request
to support a Land Ambulance and crew with an injured female in Lord’s Lot Wood
near Carnforth. Casualty had suffered a leg injury, which was duly splinted. The
Team utilised an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to assist with the evacuation to the
road head. 12 Team members attending with two of our 4 x 4 Landrover’s. (12
Rescue Person Hours)
51. 20th December. Spot Pick-Up. 17:07 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Team requested to assist with a male mountain biker, aged 43, in Gisburn Forest
near Hesbert Hall. Fallen from his bike with a shoulder injury. Team requested
to RV with a NWAS land ambulance at The Hub. The Team was stood down at 17:33
with vehicles mobile and other Team members going direct. The land ambulance
crew had been able to meet up with the casualty. This incident happened on the
bottom section of the ”Hope Line”. (12 Rescue Person Hours)
50. 4th December. Spot Pick-Up. 11:45 Hrs.
Yarrow Valley Country Park. The North West Ambulance Service requested
the Team to provide support to paramedics attending a female stuck in mud at the
Yarrow Valley Country Park. Casualty reported as having been stuck for some
hours. Possibility of a long stretcher carry required. First Team members on
scene determined that members of the public had been able to bring the casualty
to safety. The NW Air Ambulance had landed close by and the Team would not be
required. Team stood down with two of our Landrover 4 x 4 ambulances mobile with
other team members attending direct. Police and Fire Services also responding to
this incident. (20 Rescue Person Hours)
49. 29th November. Spot Pick-Up. Lee Quarry, Bacup. A Trainee
Team Member assisted Rossendale & Pendle MRT with a carry to the North West Air
Ambulance of an injured mountain biker with severe back and arm injuries. (1
Rescue Person Hours)
48. 20th November. Search. 16:26 Hrs.
Carleton, Blackpool. A male, aged 60, was reported as missing in the
Carleton area of Blackpool. Missing since the previous day but with a positive
sighting earlier in the day near where he walked his dog. Team undertook
searches of parkland, woodland, ponds, ditches and thick undergrowth. Nothing
was found and search was suspended at 01:00 Hrs pending more information. The
missing person returned home, safe, later in the day. 18 Team members attending
this search with others on standby for further searches or stood down
responding. (120+ Rescue Person Hours)
47. 19th November. Search. 19:06 Hrs. Lathom
near Ormskirk, West Lancashire. Team requested to assist in the search
for an elderly vulnerable female reported missing from a remote caravan park
near Lathom. Extensive area of open land and woodland to be searched. However,
as the missing person was described as very fit, a former fell runner and could
walk large distances it was decided to request assistance from Bolton MRT’s
Trailing Dog Unit to see if a direction of travel could be determined. The
Trailing Dog Unit was on exercise with Swaledale MRT which they immediately left
with an ETA of 22:00 Hrs at Lathom. One Team Landrover with 4 persons was
prepared to provide support. The rest of Team on standby at our Garstang
training base undertaking our regular Wednesday evening training session. The
missing person was located, safe, by Police at approx. 20:30 Hrs and we stood
down. (9 Rescue Person Hours)
46. 5th November. Police Assist. 13:48 Hrs.
Warton main Quarry near Carnforth. Team paged with a request to assist
Lancashire Police with the recovery of a body from Warton Main Quarry. Two Team
members attended and it was determined that the full Team would not be required.
The Team extends our thoughts and sympathies to members of the deceased’s family
and friends at this sad time. (6 Rescue Person Hours)
45. 18th October. Spot Pick-Up. 16:21 Hrs.
Nicky Nook near Garstang. Team requested to assist a male mountain
biker, aged 15, with a severe head injury. Whilst descending a steep slope near
the summit of Nicky Nook he had gone over the handlebars of his bike. Casualty
treated by paramedics from the North West Air Ambulance (Helimed 72) and placed
on a longboard. He was then transferred to a mountain rescue stretcher and then
carried back up the steep slope to the waiting helicopter a short distance away.
18 Team members responding to this incident with two of our 4 x 4 Landrover
ambulances. (27 Rescue Person Hours)
44. 5th October. Spot Pick-Up. 15:33 Hrs.
Anglezarke Quarry near Chorley. A male climber had fallen to the ground
from the first pitch of the classic rock climb Golden Tower (E2, 5a) in
Anglezarke Quarry. Reported with back and neck injuries. First Aid administered
and he was evacuated on a mountain rescue stretcher to the road. 22 Team members
responding to this incident. (33 Rescue Person Hours)
43. 5th October. Spot Pick-Up / RTC. 13:45
Hrs. Trough Bridge, Marshaw, Bowland. As we were packing up and closing
down our Smelt Mill Headquarters following the team training weekend the North
West Air Ambulance appeared overhead. This was followed by a land ambulance that
was travelling to the area of Sykes Farm to attend a cyclist that had fallen in
a ditch. An offer to follow up with one of our 4 x 4 Landrover ambulances was
accepted by the crew. In the meantime, one of our vehicles that had left earlier
had arrived first on scene and had attracted the attention of the Air Ambulance
with a smoke flare. The incident was in fact on the other side of the Trough
from Sykes near Trough Bridge. The Air Ambulance was able to land on the road
and the casualty was carried to the aircraft by the Team for the flight to
Lancaster. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
S18. 4th October. Standby Search / Advice.
16:00 Hrs. Bowland. During the Team training weekend a Police Officer
called in at our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland with a report
of a vulnerable male missing from Blackpool and thought to be in the area. The
Officer was advised that if the missing person’s car was located we would be
available to carry out a search. The Officer was requested to preserve any
potential PLS (Place Last Seen) for the maximum benefit of tracking, trailing
and search dog resources.
3rd October. Spot Pick-Up. 18:00 Hrs. Slaidburn, Bowland. Team
requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a female fallen from a
quad-bike at a remote farm in the Slaidburn area. As the Team was preparing for
a training weekend, we were able to dispatch vehicles from all our bases at
Garstang, Penwortham and the Trough of Bowland immediately. On arrival at the
scene, pain-relieving drugs were administered and she was carried the short
distance to the waiting land ambulance. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
The Team has provided safety cover for the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross for over
forty years and this year was no exception. The usual cuts and bruises to
participants at the end of the event were all patched up. A number of shoulder
injuries on the hill were dealt with. These participants walking off safely. One
incident to report that did not involve the event as follows:
41. 28th September. Spot Pick-Up. 13:15 Hrs.
Whernside, North Yorkshire. A female had fallen and sustained a serious
wrist injury on the lower slopes of Whernside. This incident happened within a
few hundred meters of one of our medic teams providing support for the Cyclo
Cross event and they were quickly on scene. There were also a number of Doctors
within the casualties own party. With the assistance of colleagues in the Cave
Rescue Organisation (CRO), the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called and the
casualty was flown to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. (4 Rescue Person Hours)
S17. 27th September. Standby Search. 00:24
Hrs. Blackpool. Team Incident Controllers again paged in the early
hours to see if we could assist with a search for a vulnerable male in the
Blackpool area. On first contact with the Police Missing From Home Manager, we
were informed that the missing person had just been located and we were not
40. 22nd September. Spot Pick-Up. 18:31 Hrs.
Penwortham, Preston. Team paged by the North West Ambulance Service to
assist with a male, aged 30, fallen in a ditch from a motorbike on wasteland in
Penwortham. He had sustained severe chest and abdomen injuries. Helimed 72 from
the North West Air Ambulance also dispatched. However, due to the casualty being
drenched in petrol he could not be transported on the aircraft due to the
extreme fire risk. His clothes were removed, he was placed on a long board and
then carried by the Team on a mountain rescue stretcher some 500 m to a waiting
land ambulance for transport to the Royal Preston Hospital. (24 Rescue Person
39. 11th September. Search. 11:46 Hrs.
Claughton-on-Brock, Garstang. Team requested to assist in the search
for a vulnerable male in the Claughton-on Brock area. Team Leader requested
assistance from Bolton MRT’s Trailing Dog Unit. One Team Landrover deployed to
provide support with the rest of Team on standby. The missing person was located
by Police. (20 Rescue Person Hours)
S16. 3rd September. Standby Search. 00:01
Hrs. Lytham St. Annes.
Team Incident Controllers paged in the early hours to see if we could assist
with a search for a vulnerable person in the Lytham St. Annes area. It was
decided that more information was required before the Team could deploy and in
the end we were not needed.
38. 27th August. Search. 13:41 Hrs. Chorley.
Continuation of Incident S14. Police had received new information. An area of
open farmland between Cowling and Healy Nab to the east of Chorley had been
identified as a possible area the missing person may be. The missing person was
located by the Team in fields to the east of the M61 motorway. He was in a
poorly state and treated by the Team until he was stable enough to be carried on
a mountain rescue stretcher to the waiting land ambulance. (50 Rescue Person
S15. 27th August. Standby Search. 01:05 Hrs. Chorley. Team
Incident Controllers paged in the early hours to see if we could assist with a
search for a vulnerable male in the Chorley area. Identified search areas were
of an urban nature and it was decided we would not deploy at this stage.
S14. 26th August. Standby Search. 21:06 Hrs. Lancaster / Morecambe.
Team requested to assist with the very urgent search for a 9-year-old girl
missing from the Sports Centre at Salt Ayre, Lancaster. Female had been missing
for some 45 minutes. A large police presence including helicopter and dogs. The
initial plan was for our Team members based locally to attend immediately and
commence a search of the grounds of the Sports Arena and Lancashire Coastal Way
path towards Morecambe. However, the Team stood down when news received that the
girl had been located, safe, by a member of the public on Morecambe Promenade.
37. 24th August. Spot Pick-Up. 15:56 Hrs. Charity Farm Caravan Site,
Wrightington. Our Team Leader received a call direct from the Deputy
Team Leader of Bolton MRT. They had received a call from the North West
Ambulance Service of a female horse rider, fallen, with back injuries at Charity
Farm near Wrightington in the south of Lancashire. As Bolton MRT were returning
to their base from a display our Team Leader requested that that respond along
with our Team. The casualty was placed on a long board and carried to the
waiting ambulance by members of both Teams. (9 Rescue Person Hours)
36. 17th August. Spot Pick-Up. 17:40 Hrs. Trowbarrow Quarry near
Carnforth. A male climber had fallen some 10m onto rocks at Trowbarrow
Quarry. He had been on a route called Helden (E1, 5b) when he fell ripping out 3
points of protection. First Team members were quickly on-scene and liaised with
Doctors from the Great North Air Ambulance (Pride of Cumbria) that had also been
called. The casualty was treated for serious back injuries and stabilised in a
full body vacuum splint. He was then placed on a mountain rescue stretcher and
passed over large, unstable, boulders to the quarry floor. He was then carried
the short distance to the waiting air ambulance for the onward journey to
Lancaster Royal Infirmary. 19 Team members attending this incident with three of
our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: Luckily, the climber only sustained very heavy bruising. He was
able to leave hospital the following day and will soon be back on the crag.
35. 8th August. Search. 09:22 Hrs. Blackpool.
The Teams SARDA(England) dog handler and search dog, Floss accompanied by one
Team member with a Team Landrover to act as navigator / support assisted
Lancashire Police and the Coastguard with a search of the shore line at
Blackpool for a missing 71-year old male. Large area of sand dunes and open land
searched near Blackpool Airport. Nothing found. (8 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: Sadly, the body of the missing man was recovered the following
day. The Team extends it’s thoughts and sympathies to the gentleman’s family and
friends at this time.
34. 6th August. Spot Pick-up. 16:20 Hrs. Littledale, Bowland. A
forestry worker sustained serious leg injuries when a large tree he was cutting
down sprang back and pinned him down. Fellow workers were able to free him with
the use of chain saws. Team members assisted NWAS Service paramedics with his
treatment and then carried him down a steep embankment to the waiting North West
Air Ambulance that had also been called. He was quickly packaged on to the
aircraft for the short journey to the Lancaster Royal Infirmary. (15 Rescue
33. 5th August. Search. 13:53 Hrs. Astley Park near Chorley.
Team requested to search for a vulnerable female. Police had identified Astley
Park in Chorley as an area the missing person may head for. It was decided to
use search dogs and a tracking team commencing at 16:00 Hrs with the rest of the
Team arriving from 17:00 Hrs onwards. By 19:00 Hrs all search tasks had been
completed with nothing found and we stood down pending more information. (45
Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: Shortly after we had left the scene the missing female was
located by Police, safe, at an address well outside our search area.
The Team has provided rescue cover for the Annual Borrowdale Fell Race
(41st year of attendance). Apart from the usual cuts and bruises at the
finish two incidents to report as follows:
32. 2nd August. Spot Pick-Up. 14:15 Hrs. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike,
Lake District. Our Checkpoint at Sty Head received reports from
participants that a fellow runner had fallen a significant distance (20m) down
into a gully further up the Corridor Route near "the waterfalls". Our Control
was informed and they contacted Wasdale MRT. Two Team members from Scafell Pike
and two from Sty Head (taking rescue equipment from the Stretcher Box)
immediately commenced a search of the route. They were joined by a member of
Wasdale Team who was also in the area. On arriving at the incident location, the
Team treated the casualty who had significant injuries. The Great North Air
Ambulance arrived followed soon after by Wasdale Team, who had also called in
Duddon & Furness MRT, and they continued with the casualties’ treatment. He was
winched from the gully to the valley floor by an RAF Search & Rescue Sea King
helicopter and then transferred to the Great North Air Ambulance for the onward
journey to hospital. (8 Rescue Person Hours)
31. 2nd August. RTC. 11:40 Hrs. Honister Pass, Borrowdale, Lake
District. Two Team members dealt with a cyclist who had fallen from his
bike and crashed into a wall sustaining elbow injuries. The Great North Air
Ambulance was also in attendance but due relatively minor injuries he was
transferred by land ambulance to Carlisle. (2 Rescue Person Hours)
S13. 18th July. Standby Search. 09:46 Hrs. Fulwood, Preston.
Team requested to assist Lancashire Police in the search for a missing person in
the Fulwood area of Preston. However, as the identified search areas were mainly
urban it was decided that the Team would not deploy.
30. 16th July. Spot Pick-Up. 13:53 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
The NW Ambulance Service paged the Team to assist with an injured
cyclist in the causeway area of Gisburn Forest. However, on arrival the incident
had been dealt with by paramedics from a NWAS land ambulance so the Team went
for a brew at The Hub. (10 Rescue Person Hours)
S12. 14th July. Standby Search. 00:42 Hrs. Burscough Area.
Request by Lancashire Police as to the availability of a scent discrimination
trailing search dog to try to determine if missing person had actually been at
the reported Place Last Seen. The Dog Team (from Bolton MRT) were unavailable.
Due to the lack of any other information, it was decided not to deploy the full
Team at this stage.
S11. 10th July. Standby Search. 17:20 Hrs. Skelmersdale.
Lancashire Police requested assistance with an urgent search for a female in the
Skelmersdale area. Missing since mid-afternoon but due to her vulnerability
giving cause for concern as to her safety. Just after a Team Incident Controller
had set of to the Police Station at Skelmersdale to formulate a search plan the
news came that the person had been located, safe, and we were not required.
S10. 9th July. Spot Pick-up. 13:30 Hrs. Waddow Hall, Clitheroe.
Team informed of an incident at Waddow Hall near Clitheroe and could we go to
"standby". A report of a15-year-old female with a lower leg injury. However, it
turned out the button had been pushed a bit too soon and we were not required. A
False Alarm but of Good Intent.
29. 8th July. Search / Body Recovery. 20:16 Hrs. Abbey Village, West
Pennines. The Team was requested to assist Lancashire Police with the
urgent search for a vulnerable female in the Abbey Village area. However, as the
Team was responding we received a further page at 20:51 Hrs. Unfortunately, the
body of the missing female had been located by the initial Police search teams
in the area of Roddlesworth Reservoir. After the Police had completed their
processes, the Team recovered the body up the steep grassy wall of the dam to
the road head. Our thoughts and sympathies with the missing person’s family and
friends at this sad time. (15 Rescue Person Hours)
28. 4th July. Spot Pick-up. 23:39 Hrs. Hoghton Towers near Blackburn.
The Team was paged by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a
42-year-old female, reported as "fallen in an inaccessible area", at Houghton
Towers. However, the first land ambulance on scene was able to report that they
could to deal with the casualty and we were quickly stood down with members
heading to our bases for vehicles and direct to the incident.
27. 3rd July. Spot Pick-up. 12:33 Hrs. Lancaster Canal near Preston.
The crew of the North West Air Ambulance requested that we assist them
with a female who had sustained a lower leg injury on the canal towpath near
Salwick. Air Ambulance had landed in a field within 50m of the casualty. The
Team carried the casualty on a mountain rescue stretcher down a very steep bank
and across hedges to the aircraft. A quite difficult carry but one of the
shortest we have ever done! (12 Rescue Person Hours)
26. 30th June. Spot Pick-up. 12:09 Hrs. River Ribble near Ribchester.
Team Leader contacted direct by Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle
Team. They were responding to an incident at Ribchester and requested we assist.
A male telecommunications worker, inspecting telegraph poles on the banks of the
River Ribble had tripped and sustained an ankle injury. Both Teams combined to
carry the casualty to the waiting Air Ambulance at Dewhurst House. See Incident
25/2011 for an almost identical rescue. (9 Rescue Person Hours)
25. 28th June. Search. 19:28 Hrs. Silverdale Area, North Lancashire.
Lancashire Police paged the Team’s Incident Controls with a request for
us join the developing search for a vulnerable elderly female, aged 76, missing
in the Silverdale area of North Lancashire. Missing since about 17:15 Hrs.
Coastguard SAR, RNLI Hovercraft, Police helicopter and other Police resources
had searched the obvious high-risk areas of the coast from Silverdale north to
Arnside and south to Jenny Brown’s Point but to no avail. The Team was tasked
with searching footpaths, woods, crags and farmland as the search area was
increased in size. The search continued until approx. 03:00 Hrs when it was
decided to suspend operations and continue in the morning. When the search
recommenced the support of Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team was requested.
Due to the heavy rain throughout the night concern for the missing person was
growing. Early in the afternoon, the female was located in dense undergrowth
near Jenny Brown’s Point by a search dog from the Lake District. Much to the
relief of everyone she was safe and uninjured. The following Mountain Rescue
resources used in this search:
20 x Bowland Pennine MRT, 15 x Kendal MRT, 1 x Bolton MRT members
Search dogs and handlers from SARDA (England) – Bowland Pennine MRT, SARADA
(Wales) – Bolton MRT, Lake District Mountain Search Dogs - Kendal, Duddon &
Furness and Penrith MRT’s.
(Approx. 300 Rescue Person Hours by Voluntary Mountain Rescue Teams)
Other resources including Police Helicopter, Dog Unit, Support Units, PCSO’s,
Coastguard SAR, RNLI Hovercraft, Lancashire F&RS Urban Search & Rescue Units.
Mention should also be made of the many members of the public who helped in the
search and provided valuable local knowledge.
24. 18th June. Spot Pick-up. 14:21 Hrs. River Brock near Garstang.
A female walker had tripped and sustained shoulder and minor head
injuries in Bob’s Wood in the River Brock Valley. Casualty located and treated
by the Team. As the path back to the road was very narrow and over grown the
decision was made to egress from the valley to farmland above for the relatively
easy carry across open fields back to a waiting land ambulance at the road. (18
Rescue Person Hours)
S9. 15th June. Spot Pick-up. 21:58 Hrs. Yarrow Reservoir, West Pennines.
Bolton MRT and ourselves paged with a report of a male fallen down a
steep bank near Alance Bridge. Injuries described as serious. However, as we
mobilised it became clear that enough resources would be available as Fire &
Rescue and a HART Team from Manchester had also been called. Due to the close
proximity to the road of the incident, the decision was taken for us to stand
12th June. Fell Race Safety Cover. Winter Hill. Rossendale &
Pendle MRT and ourselves were contacted by Bolton MRT late in the afternoon.
They had been called to a search in South Manchester but had a commitment to
provide fell safety cover for the Two Lads Fell Race in the evening. Request was
to provide cover just in case they had not completed the missing person search.
RPMRT and ourselves provide one vehicle each and eight persons in total to cover
the event. One incident to report. A female runner sustained an ankle injury
that was dealt with by Rossendale & Pendle Team members.
23. 12th June. Spot Pick-up. 13:35 Hrs. Parlick Pike near Chipping.
The Team was contacted to assist the North West Air Ambulance with a
crashed paraglider. The male pilot was located some 175m west of the summit
cairn of Parlick Pike on a steep slope. Reported as an uncontrolled fall of some
30m. He had sustained extensive and serious injuries. The casualty was treated
by the Team and paramedics from the Air Ambulance. He was placed in a full body
vacuum splint and carried on a mountain rescue stretcher down to the waiting NW
Air Ambulance located in fields above Blindhurst. (24 Rescue Person Hours)
22. 11th June. Spot Pick-up. 12:40 Hrs. "Waterworks Bridge", River Lune,
Caton. A female had fallen and sustained an ankle injury near the
Waterworks Bridge north of the Picnic Site at Caton on the River Lune. Casualty
reported as on the north side of the river in woods. Intention was for the Team
to access in our 4 x 4 vehicles across farmland from Bull Beck. However, we were
stood down with two vehicles mobile and other Team members going direct when it
was confirmed that the NW Air Ambulance had been able to land close by and we
were not required.
21. 10th June. Search. 09:50 Hrs. The Beacon near Skelmersdale.
Team requested to search for a vulnerable male in the Ashurst’s Beacon Country
Park area near Skelmersdale. The incident was stood down with Team members and
vehicles mobile when it was determined that the missing person was highly mobile
and probably in the Wigan area.
20. 9th June. Spot Pick-up. 19:21 Hrs. Boilton Wood, Ribbleton, Preston.
Team Incident Controllers were attending a meeting when we were contacted by the
North West Ambulance Service. A teenager had fallen from a rope swing sustaining
back and head injuries. This incident was within 2 km of the meeting location
and, unusually, six Incident Controllers were first on scene! They were soon
backed up by two 4 x 4 Landrovers and other Team members. The casualty was
treated by NWAS paramedics then packaged in a full body vacuum splint. He was
then carried on a Bell mountain rescue stretcher 800m to the waiting land
ambulance for onward transport to the Royal Preston Hospital. 18 Team members
attending this incident. (27 Rescue Person Hours)
S8. 1st June. Standby Search. 21:03 Hrs. Upholland near Wigan.
The Team, along with Bolton MRT, were requested to undertake a search for a
missing person on the borders of Lancashire & Greater Manchester. However,
before both Teams could fully mobilise the search was called off.
19. 1st June. Spot Pick-up. 19:31. Hrs Denham Quarry near Chorley.
A request was received to assist with a young female in a
semi-conscious state near the summit Trig Point at Denham Quarry. Despite the
warm weather, the casualty was getting cold having been there for some time.
Casualty carried by the Team across fields to the road for the onward journey to
Chorley Hospital. (18 Rescue Person Hours)
18. 30th May. Spot Pick-up. 19:59 Hrs. River Ribble, Fishwick Bottoms,
Preston. The Team assisted the North West Ambulance Service with a
vulnerable male on the Preston Guild Wheel Cycle Way near the River Ribble at
Preston. Casualty had life threating injuries and was quickly carried some 500m
to a waiting land ambulance for onward transport to the Royal Preston Hospital.
16 Team members responding to this incident. (24 Rescue Person Hours)
17. 26th May. Spot Pick-up. 13:07 Hrs. Brock Bottoms near Garstang.
The Team was called to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a teenage
boy who had fallen from a rope swing at Brock Bottoms. The NW Air Ambulance had
landed some distance away in a field at the top of the wooded valley. Casualty
was treated for back injuries and placed on a Bell stretcher for the short carry
across the River Brock (wet feet) to a waiting land ambulance. The casualty was
then taken in the land ambulance to the waiting Air Ambulance. Team members
assisted with loading the young person onto the helicopter for the onward
journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. 10 Team members on scene at this incident
with others stood down on route. (10 Rescue Person Hours)
16. 25th May. Spot Pick-up. 19:29 Hrs. Smelt Mill, Trough of Bowland.
The NW Ambulance Service paged the Team with an unusual report of a
cyclist having crashed at the cattle grid located beside our Smelt Mill HQ in
the Trough of Bowland. The person had tumbled over the railings and fallen into
the gully besides the building. On arrival, the Team was able to assist the
person to the road who had, fortunately, not received serious injuries. (17
Rescue Person Hours)
15. 24th May. Search. 22:20 Hrs. Adlington near Chorley. Team
requested to search for a vulnerable male reported as about to self-harm. The
Police had receive information that he had purchased a tent at a local store
some hours previously. An extensive search of footpaths, water margins and woods
was undertaken around the Anglezarke, Upper Rivington, Yarrow Reservoirs and
Healy Nab. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath was also searched from Chorley to
south of Adlington. At first light, the missing person was located, camping, in
an area of dense rhododendrons near the Upper Rivington Reservoir dam. After
Police talked with the male and confirmed the missing person was "just taking
sometime out" it was decide to leave him where he was and we stood down at
approximately 07:00 Hrs. (56 Rescue Person Hours)
S7. 19th May. Standby Search. 18:50 Hrs. Leyland Area. Request
by Lancashire Police as to the availability of the Team and a scent
discrimination trailing search dog. Call passed to Bolton MRT to determine if
Dog Team available whilst the Team brought to standby. In the end due to the
potential search areas being mainly urban neither Team nor the Dog Unit
S6. 29th April. Standby Search. 02:40 Hrs Mawdsley, West Lancashire.
Team Incident Controllers were contacted by Lancashire Police requesting
assistance with a search for two youngsters, aged 10 (boy) & 12 (girl), missing
in the Mawdsley area of West Lancashire. After discussing with the POLSA (Police
Search Advisor), it was decided that this was not a search suitable for a MRT. A
number of search areas were suggested to the Police close to the Place Last Seen
(PLS) and we understand that the missing persons were located safe in a local
park shortly afterwards.
14. 28th April. Spot Pick-up. 15:34 Hrs Silverdale Area near Carnforth.
The Team Leader was contacted by the Duty Controller of the Cave Rescue
Organisation based in Clapham, North Yorkshire. They had been called by the
North West Ambulance to a 79-year-old gentleman who had sustained a leg injury
at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve, Silverdale. As Silverdale is in our operational
area, we responded. The casualty was located some 600m from the road. He was
then carried on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher to the waiting Land Ambulance
for the onward journey to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. (20 rescue person
13. 27th April. Ambulance Assist. 21:55 Hrs Chipping Area, Bowland.
Team was paged by the North West Ambulance Service. They had a patient in a
remote farmhouse near Chipping with an urgent medical condition. The responding
ambulance was stuck in a narrow lane approaching the farm. A second ambulance
had been dispatched but was some distance away. It was decided to send two of
our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances to offer what assistance we could. One Landrover
would approach the farm in the direction of the original land ambulance and the
other would approach by a different route. The Team arrived at the farm just
after the second ambulance and it was confirmed that they could take the patient
to hospital. The Team then located the first ambulance and recovered it to the
road head. 8 persons on scene with others on standby. (16 Rescue Person Hours).
12. 15th April. Spot Pick-up. 11:44 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Lancashire Police paged Team Incident Controllers with information that a female
mountain biker had fallen in the Whelp Stone Crag area of Gisburn Forest and
sustained a leg injury. Team Leader was able to speak by mobile phone with the
informant. Using MRMAP and the SARLOC GPS mapping technology it was determined
that the casualty was on the red route at the Sheep Hill boardwalk area of the
mountain bike trails and not Whelp Stone Crag. The Cave Rescue Organisation
(CRO) was contacted to assist. The Team and CRO members carried the casualty on
a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher to a waiting Land Ambulance for the onward
journey to hospital. Thanks to the passing mountain biker who allowed his smart
phone to be used with the SARLOC technology to determine the exact position of
the casualty. 8 Team members involved in this incident. (16 Rescue Person
11. 11th April. Search. 10:00 Hrs. River Ribble, Preston. The
Team were again requested to assist in the continuing search for a man from
Preston (Incidents 10 & S5). Now missing for some 2 weeks. A very detailed
search of Miller and Avenham Park’s was undertaken as well as some wooded areas.
Again, nothing was found. (45 Rescue Person Hours)
Postscript: Sadly, on the 14th April, the body of the missing person was
located on the shoreline at Lytham St.Annes. The Team thoughts and sympathies
are extended to the family and friends of the missing person.
10. 8th April. Search. 10:00 Hrs. River Ribble, Preston.
Continuation of Incident S5 from the 26th March. Two Team members were scheduled
to take part in a search exercise with Lancashire Police. However, along with
two members of Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team who were also attending
the exercise they joined Police Officers to carry out a detailed search of
woodlands in the Preston area. Nothing found. (8 rescue Person Hours)
9. 1st April . Body Recovery. 20:29 Hrs Wiswell Moor Quarry, Whalley,
East Lancashire, Team requested assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT in the
recovery of the body of a male that had been discovered at Wiswell Moor Quarry
near Whalley Golf Club. Members of RPMRT were already committed to two other
incidents so we were asked to provide support. Body recovered using our new 4 x
4 Landrover. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to the missing
person’s family and friends. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
S5. 26th March. Search Advice. 13:35 Hrs. River Ribble, Preston.
Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police regarding a missing
male from the Preston area. Missing for some days. Police Underwater Unit and
other Officers were searching the banks of the River Ribble and the Coastguard
had been informed. After assessing the very limited information available and
confirming that all the obvious areas (local parks, woods etc) were being
covered by Police resources it was decided not to deploy at this time.
8. 25th March. Spot Pick-up. 13:40 Hrs Dunsop Head, Whitendale, Bowland.
Team requested to attend a female with a suspected broken / upper arm
injury after falling on the slippery boardwalk across Dunsop Head. Team stood
down on arrival. The casualty was evacuated by the North West Air Ambulance that
had also arrived at the same time as we did. 13 team members attending this
incident with two of our 4 x 4 Landrovers. (18 Rescue Person Hours)
S4. 24th March. Search Advice. 15:45 Hrs. Ormskirk, West Lancashire.
The Team was requested by Lancashire Police as to the availability of a scent
discrimination trailing search dog to assist in the search for a missing female,
aged 38. Person had been missing for some 3+ days but car only just located.
Team Leader arranged for the dog handler, from Bolton MRT / SARDA(Wales) to
speak with the police officer in charge of the incident. Due to the location of
the car and age on any trail it was decide not to deploy.
Postscript: We understand that shortly afterwards the body of the missing
female was located by Police Officers. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended
to the missing persons family.
7. 21st March. Spot Pick-up. 16:09 Hrs Near Pimms, Anglezarke Moor.
Team Leader contacted direct by a Team member who was out with a group on a Duke
of Edinburgh Award training day. A female member of the group, aged 16, had
sustained a knee injury and they were unable to walk her off the hill. Incident
location was just north of Pimms on the track about 750m from the A675 at
Piccadilly. Team members escorted NWAS paramedics to the scene from the road and
an air ambulance from the North West Air Ambulance also arrived. The casualty
was then carried the short distance by Team members to the waiting helicopter,
Helimed 75, for the onward journey to Blackburn Hospital. 10 Team members and
one 4 x 4 Landrover ambulance attending this incident with others on standby
should they be required at our Garstang base. (16 Rescue Person Hours)
S3. 8th March. Standby Search. 21:34 Hrs. River Ribble, Ribchester.
A second page of the evening. This time from Lancashire Constabulary with a
request to assist in the urgent search for a vulnerable male in the Ribchester
Area. Search of paths, fields and the banks of the River Ribble required around
the Place Last Seen. A Team Incident Controller was sent to Longridge Police
Station to meet up with the Police Missing From Home Manager to formulate an
initial search plan. However, before a full Team Call Out could be initiated the
news came that the Police had located the missing person and we were not
6. 8th March. Spot Pick-Up. 1943 Hrs. River Ribble, Samlesbury, Preston.
The Team was contacted by the North West Ambulance Service with a
report of a diabetic angler, collapsed on the banks of the River Ribble near the
Tickled Trout Hotel. Team required to help with the extraction up the steep
bank. However, Paramedics had been able to revive the casualty and with the aid
of his friends had walked him to the waiting land ambulance. The Team stood down
with a number of Team members on scene and two vehicles mobile. 16 Team members
in all responding to this incident. (8 Rescue Person Hours)
S2. 19th February. Search Advice. Blackpool. 10:29 Hrs. The
Team was requested by Lancashire Police as to the availability of a scent
discrimination trailing search dog. However, the Search Dog and Handler (from
Bolton MRT) were away in the Cairngorms, Scotland on winter training. The Team
was not required for this search.
5. 18th February. Spot Pick-up. 10:03 Hrs Warton Crag near Carnforth.
Shouts had been heard in the area of Warton Main Quarry and reported by a member
of the public. Kendal MSRT had received the initial call and requested that we
attend as well. The NWAA was also attending. We were stood down on route at
10:20 Hrs with one vehicle mobile and other Team members attending directly when
it was determined that persons in the Quarry were not in difficulty. A False
Alarm but of Good Intent.
4. 15th February. Search. Blackburn Area. 00:46 Hrs. Team
Incident Controllers were contacted by the Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle
MRT. They were assisting Lancashire Police in the search for a vulnerable
13-year-old youth missing in Blackburn. Due to the very wet and inclement
weather conditions, Rossendale Team had decided to contact Bolton MRT, Cheshire
SAR and ourselves to assist with this urgent search. We were stood down on route
to the RV at 01:40 Hrs when the good news was received that the missing person
had been located, safe. The Teams SARDA (England) search dog and handler also
S1. 22nd January. Search Advice. Lancaster. 09:30 Hrs. The Team
Leader was contacted by a Lancashire Police Search Advisor (POLSA) about a
developing search in the Lancaster area. A male had been missing for some days
and there was little to go on as to his whereabouts. From the information that
was known no suitable area for the Team to search could be identified. A number
of suggestions were made to the Police and over the next few days, further
discussions with the POLSA took place. Extensive Police enquires are continuing.
Post Script: We have been informed that, sadly, the missing person was
located deceased on Wednesday 19th February. The Teams thoughts and sympathies
are passed to the missing persons family and friends.
3. 16th January. Search / Body Recovery. 13:56 Hrs. Brockholes Nature
Reserve near Preston. The Team was requested to assist Lancashire
Police in the search for a vulnerable male. However, before a full team call out
could be instigated the sad news was received that a body had been located by
Police Officers and we would not be required. Shortly afterwards a further
request was received for the Team to assist in the recovery. 10 Team members
assisting with this task. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to the
family and friends of the missing person at this difficult time. (25 Rescue
2. 12th January. Spot Pick-up. 12:16 Hrs Grizedale Reservoir, Nicky Nook
near Scorton. North West Ambulance Service requested the Team assist
with a female in the Grizedale Valley area of Nicky Nook. Person reported with a
back injury. On arrival, the Team was able to transport two NWAS paramedics very
close to the casualty location. The lady had sustained a reoccurrence of a back
injury, was in some pain and unable to move. The Team administered suitable
analgesia and was able to help her to one of our Landrover vehicles. This was
driven very slowly to the waiting land ambulance at the road head. 24 Team
members involved in this incident. (36 Rescue Person Hours).
1. 10th January. Spot Pick-up. 18:48 Hrs Lancaster. Team paged
by the North West Ambulance Service with a report of a female fallen down steep
banking in a wooded area on the outskirts of Lancaster. Person had reported leg
injuries and back pain. On arrival at the scene, the Team met up with Police and
Ambulance officers also responding. The person could not be located. The Team
commenced formal searching of a number of wooded areas and school playing
fields. Preparations made to deploy further personnel and our Search Incident
Control Unit. Request made to the Police to see if a helicopter from the
National Police Air Service could be made available to assist in this now urgent
search. The person was located uninjured by Team members. After an assessment by
the Ambulance crews she was handed over to the Police. It turned out the person
was well known to the police and ambulance service for regularly wasting their
time, and are now taking suitable action against her. 22 Team members involved
with others on route to our Garstang Vehicle Base to bring additional vehicles
and resources. (36 Rescue Person Hours minimum).