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S14. 30th December.
Spot Pick-up. 15:48 Hrs. Croston. Team
requested to assist with a female who had a hand injury. However, on contacting
the casualty it turned out that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were already
on scene and the Team was not required. The Team stood down with Team members
already on route to collect vehicles and attending directly.
70. 28th December. Major Incident. Flooding. Civil Aid.
06:00 Hrs. York. Seven Team members met
at our Garstang Base ready to travel to York to
assist in the major response to the flooding in York due to Storm Eva. Team
tasked to operate from 09:00 Hrs until 21:00 Hrs. The Team was made up of five
Swift Water Technicians and two drivers / support persons. The Team deployed in
two of our 4 x 4 Land Rovers with our semi-ridged boat. At 09:00 Hrs they joined
the large MR contingent from around England and Wales for briefing and tasking.
Teams initial tasking was to check on an elderly woman reported as trapped in an
upstairs flat in the middle of the floods. Access was gained via the rear of the
property through a window by a Team member who was then able to open the front
door from inside the flat. The woman, who was unharmed but distressed by the
situation, was brought to safety through the floods on a water sledge. After
returning to the Command Centre for some well-earned refreshment, the next
tasking was to check on outlying areas. During this phase the Team was supported
by the Police and The Army. The Army Team were from the 2nd Battalion Duke of
Lancaster Regiment (2LANCS) based at Weeton, a few
miles down the road from our Garstang Base. Many
houses were checked and country lanes driven and thankfully all persons
encountered were safe and well. The later part of this tasking being under
darkness in very deep water which was particularly hazardous. Team stood down as
planned at 21:00 Hrs and returned to Garstang just
before midnight. (144 Rescue Person Hours)
69. 27th December. Spot Pick-Up. 15:38 Hrs.
Heapy near Chorley.
Whilst preparations were being made to travel to York the following day a report
was received from the North West Ambulance Service of a collapsed 21-year-old
male near Cliffs Farm, Heapy. However, the Team
was soon stood down at 15:55 Hrs as the casualty had been able to make it to a
private 4 x 4 vehicle and was being driven down to the road head to the waiting
Land Ambulance. Ten Team members responding to this incident. (10 rescue Person
27th December. Major Incident. 01:34 Hrs. York.
A National Alert was put out at the request of the North Yorkshire Mountain
Rescue Teams to all Mountain Rescue Regions in the UK for assistance in York.
Request was for SRT’s (Swiftwater Rescue
Technicians). It had become apparent that the main force of Storm Eva had missed
Cumbria but North Yorkshire was now suffering. Due
to just having stood down the Team was not able to immediately respond to this
request. At 11:00 Hrs a page was sent to the whole Team requesting availability
to assist in York the following day and in our own area as further flooding was
expected at Croston & St. Michaels-on-Wyre.
Twenty six Team members available including six SRT’s. Preparations made to send
a Team to York the following day.
26th December. Standby. Flooding expected. 09:00 Hrs. All
Lancashire. Storm Eva. (Incidents 67 &
68) Request for the Teams operational availability received from Lancashire
Police. Team members were paged as to their availability for the next 48 hours.
Twenty nine Team members available including seven SRT’s (Swift Water
Technicians). At 12:15 Hrs a full Call Out page was sent to the Team to move to
our Garstang Vehicle and Training Base with
flooding expected at Ribchester,
Croston & St. Michaels-on-Wyre.
At 14:05 Hrs two Land Rovers with SRT’s, boat and drivers deployed to the
Strategic Holding Area at Bae Systems,
Samlesbury. Team members at
Garstang with Landrover &
Minibus to assist in any evacuations as required. Other Team members at home on
standby. Team Leader supported by two other Team members attending Incident Gold
(Strategic) & Silver (Tactical) Commands at Lancashire Police Headquarters at
Hutton. A Mountain Rescue Bronze (Operational) Command was set up at our
Garstang Base. Team members deployed from the Strategic
Holding Area initially to Ribchester and then to
Croston. Team Stood Down at 00:40 Hrs on the 27th
December. Two Incidents as follows:
68. 26th December. Croston Area, West Lancashire.
Team arrived in Croston at 19:40 Hrs. A number of tasks undertaken in the
flooded village with the Team operating in deep water:
i) 22:08 Hrs. Concern for a disabled person and
carer. All safe. Completed at 23:11 Hrs. Team then returned to Garstang as water
levels had peaked.
ii) 21:19 Hrs. Team requested to check on Care Home. Building flooded and no
electricity but all persons safe. Completed at 21:58 Hrs.
III) 20:58 Hrs. Check made on vehicle on Flag Lane to confirm no one trapped.
Completed at 21:14 Hrs.
67. 26th December. De
Tabley Arms Area, Ribchester.
The Team was tasked by Silver Command to check houses on the south side of the
River Ribble at the old De
Tabley Arms, Ribchester.
Strict instructions not to cross the bridge over the
Ribble as concern for its integrity. Several houses
checked and five persons evacuated to dryer ground at their request. This task
was completed at 18:40 Hrs when the Team moved to
66. 20th December. Spot Pick-Up. 14:29 Hrs.
Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Team requested to assist with a male fallen from his mountain bike in
Gisburn Forest. Reported with a broken leg in
Hully Gully. North West Air Ambulance on route but unable
to get close to the casualty site due to inclement weather and had landed at The
Hub in the forest. Second attempt made to get the helicopter closer which was
successful and the paramedics from the Air Ambulance escorted to the casualty
site. However, due to fading light the helicopter had to leave. Casualty treated
by the Team and carried up out of the gully to the waiting Land Ambulance for
the onward journey to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Paramedics that had been
left behind by the Air Ambulance also transported to hospital. Nine Team members
with three of our 4 x 4 Land Rovers involved in this incident. (27 Rescue Person
65. 19th December. Spot Pick-Up. 15:05 Hrs. Half Moon
Bay, Heysham. Team paged by the North
West Ambulance Service to assist with a female with a suspected broken leg.
Casualty was carried some 500m along the sea wall back to the Land Ambulance by
the Team assisted by members of the public using a scoop stretcher and long
board from the attending Land Ambulance.
5th – 6th December. Major Incident Flooding. Cumbria &
Lancashire. Storm Desmond. With the onset
of Storm Desmond a Multi-Agency Major Incident was declared in Cumbria and
Lancashire. Over two days the Team undertook a significant number of Incidents
in Cumbria and Lancashire. (Incidents 49 – 64 below)
6th December. Major Incident. Flooding. Continuing the
support in Cumbria.
The Team still had crews with Land Rovers in
Cockermouth and Kendal. Three Incidents in Cumbria
64. 6th December. 11:30 Hrs. Kendal.
Following a request from Cumbria Gold Command to
relieve pressure at Westmoorland General Hospital,
Kendal a request was received from the Lake District Mountain Rescue Silver
Command to see if we could return dialysis patients from the hospital back to
Lancashire. The patients had been in overnight. Four Team members took our
minibus from Garstang to Kendal and collected
eight patients. Patients were dropped off at Silverdale,
Morecambe, Overton, Lancaster &
Garstang. During this operation blood was also delivered
to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. A similar task was undertaken by
Duddon Furness MRT from the hospital with patients
returned to South Cumbria. This alleviated
pressure on the hospital as there was no chance of NWAS completing the task for
some time. Whilst in Morecambe a Team Members
Mother-in-Law was also picked up. Her house had no electricity and she spent the
next few days in Garstang until the power was
63. 6th December. Carlisle.
The Swift Water Team that spent the night at
Cockermouth MRT Base deployed to Carlisle in the morning to assist with the
extensive flooding in the City. They joined forces with team members from
Cockermouth MRT who also supplied a sledge to form a six
person Swift Water Rescue Team. The flood water in the city was very deep in
places with it just short of the tops of doors in some streets. The Team
operated in the Greystone Road area down towards
the football stadium at Brunton Park. 30+
residents and pets helped to safety by the Team using a boat and the sledge.
Many residents had chosen not to leave the homes and welfare checks were
undertaken with a number of food parcels being delivered. The Team stood down at
21:00 hrs and returned to Garstang just after
22:30 Hrs. A 29 hour deployment.
62. 6th December. Levens
near Kendal. Continuation of Incident 56.
Following further requests from the family more resources returned to the
cottage in Levens. By now the water level had
increased and was flowing much faster. Difficulty getting resource though to the
cottage. Eventually the water receded slightly and access was made with
assistance from a farmer with a large tractor. Team joined by members of
Duddon Furness Team with HART paramedics and an RNLI team
form St Asaph in North Wales. Family eventually
extracted from the cottage, checked by paramedics and all returned to Kendal in
MRT Land Rovers by 06:00 Hrs. Team returned to Smelt Mill after a short rest.
6th December. Major Incident. Flooding.
Continuing the support in Lancashire. The Team had two 4 x4 Land Rovers in North
Lancashire at the request of the North West Ambulance Service. Two Incidents in
Lancashire as follows:
61. 6th December. 00:44 Hrs. Lancaster.
Request from Lancashire Constabulary Gold (Strategic)
Command to the three Lancashire Mountain Rescue Teams to assist in whatever
capacity at Lancaster due to extensive flooding and power outages. Team Leader
made contact with Team Leaders of Bolton MRT and
Rossendale & Pendle MRT. It was decided that due
to the Team already operating in the Lancaster/Morecambe
area with two land Rovers and a further two deployed in
Cumbria that the other Teams would also deploy to
Lancaster. Please see other Teams websites and social media for coverage of
their activities in Lancaster.
60. 6th December. 00:40 Hrs. Morecambe.
Following Incident 55 the Land Rover and two crew were immediately tasked to a
54-year-old male with chest pains in the Morecambe / Heysham area. Arrived on
scene at approx. 01:50 Hrs once again having been hampered by flooding. Pain
killing drugs administered. No NWAS Land Ambulance available so decision was
made to use Team transport to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Due to the
extensive flooding in Lancaster (see Incident 61 above) the bridges over the
River Lune had been closed. A Police escort was provided over the bridge but
once on the other side it was not possible to get to the hospital due to the
flooding. Arrangements were made with a Swift Water Rescue Team from Lancashire
Fire & Rescue Service to transport the casualty across the floods in a boat and
then on to the hospital. Once the casualty had been handed over to LF&RS the
Team returned to Smelt Mill at approx. 04:45 Hrs.
5th December. Major Incident. Flooding. Cumbria.
The Team deployed four Swift Water Rescue Technicians in a 4 x 4 Land Rover to
North Cumbria and two Team Members in a 4 x 4 Land
Rover to Kendal. Four Incidents in Cumbria as
59. 5th December. Kendal.
Tasked to assist in the high priority search for a
vulnerable person missing from the Danson Dean
Hotel in Kendal. However whilst on route it was determined that the missing
person had been found safe.
58. 5th December. Kendal.
Tasked to collect two carers from
Sandylands area and take them to see one of their elderly
patients for a welfare check. However, it was not possible to get through the
town to the A6 to collect the carers or get to the
house. Returned to Kendal Base.
57. 5th December. Levens.
Whilst still at
Levens and at the request of a Police Officer the Team
was asked to check on a family in a cottage. All were safe and it was decided to
leave the occupants in the cottage. The Team continued on the journey to
Cockermouth arriving at 23:30 Hrs having travelled around
the west coast of Cumbria due to flooding on the
other routes into Cockermouth (see Incident 62
56. 5th December. 19:46 Hrs. A590 at Levens.
Whilst on route to Cockermouth the Swift Water Rescue Team rescued six persons
stranded and trapped in their cars in significant flooding on the A590. They
were transported to safety at the "Hare & Hounds" pub.
5th December. Major Incident. Flooding. Lancashire.
Team deployed two 4 x4 Land Rovers into North Lancashire at the request of the
North West Ambulance Service. Team operating out of our Smelt Mill Headquarters
in the Trough of Bowland as based there for our Christmas Weekend. Eight
Incidents in Lancashire as follows:
55. 5th December. 23:10 Hrs.
requested to attend a female, aged 48 reported as Cardiac Arrest in
Halton having been involved in a car crash. 2nd Land
Rover with crew of two dispatched from Smelt Mill. Team arrived on foot at 00:30
hrs as unable to get through the floods by vehicle. Unfortunately the woman had
been pronounced deceased by local doctor. The female had died of head injuries
sustained in the crash. The driver had absconded from the scene, presumed drunk.
He was later arrested by the police.
54. 5th December. Lancaster.
On leaving Lancaster Royal Infirmary, it was decided to call in at Lancaster
Ambulance Station and replenish the oxygen. On arrival, a single person
ambulance crew was present who had a male on board in a distressed and confused
state. The male had presented at the station. As the ambulance was single crewed
it was unable to transport to the hospital. Team member sat in the back of
ambulance with patient to allow the journey to take place.
53. 5th December. 21:58 Hrs.
returning to Smelt Mill for food from Incidents 51 & 52 two Team members
responded in a 4 x 4 Land Rover back to Caton to a
91-year-old male with breathing difficulties and other medical issues. Land
Ambulance reported as 15 minutes away. However, after over an hours wait and
running short on oxygen it was decided to transport the casualty, with his son,
to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in our vehicle. The Land Ambulance could not
get to Caton due to the extensive flooding around
52. 5th December. 19:17 Hrs. Denny Beck,
returning to Smelt Mill from Incident 51 the Team decided to check out Denny
Beck in Caton (one of the Team members lives in
Caton and wanted to assess any risk). On arrival
at the waters edge a cars tail lights could been seen driving into the water and
begin to float away. After a quick exit from the Land Rover and just time to
grab buoyancy aids three Team members entered the water. Contact was made with
the occupant with the car filling with water. The car stopped against a
submerged wall and there was just time to put a spare buoyancy aid on the lady
and float her to safety through the car window. There was just six inches of the
vehicle visible and shortly afterwards it sank. Casualty was given shelter
overnight at one of the houses in Caton.
51. 5th December. 18:03 Hrs.
Four Team members in a 4 X 4 Land Rover Ambulance supported by four Team members
from Lancaster tasked to assist a group of three ladies who had been in the
water but were now at the Greyhound Pub at Halton.
Request to evacuate the pub as well. Land Rover crew on route to Kendal in
Cumbria also tasked to assist with the evacuation.
However, the incident was stood down on scene as situation not as bad as
50. 5th December. 15:30 Hrs.
Dunsop Bridge Village.
Two Team members in a Team Landrover,
recoverd a car and its occupants from standing water from
the same place as Incident 49. A number of welfare checks carried out in the
village due to the rising water but everyone safe. (1 Rescue Person Hours)
At 13:00 Hrs a request was received from LDSAMRA
(Lake District Mountain Rescue) for assistance. The request was for Swift Water
Rescue Technicians (SRT’s) due to major flooding in Kendal, Keswick, Appleby,
Cockermouth and Carlisle. It was decided to send a small Team of four SRT’s with
one 4 x 4 Land Rover. The rest of the Team remaining in Lancashire due to very
high levels of water on the Rivers Lune, Wyre, Ribble and their tributaries.
Very Severe, highest level, Environment Agency flood warnings in place with Met
Office Red Alerts for rain.
49. 5th December. 12:30 Hrs. approx.
Dunsop Bridge Village.
Two Team members in a Team
Landrover, out assessing road conditions and the extent of flooding in the
Trough of Bowland recovered a van and its
occupants from standing water. (0.5 Rescue Person Hour)
48. 3rd December.
NWAS in Broughton Control
Team incident Controllers paged by the North West
Ambulance Service. Localised flooding was taking
place on the main roads in North Cumbria.
Ambulances were having difficulty responding to calls and accessing casualties.
Request was to assist with the tasking of MR Teams in the area. Three Team
Incident Controllers attending at Broughton Ambulance Control Centre in Preston.
Contact made with MR colleagues from Cumbria. Main
problems in the Cockermouth area. A number of
incidents tasked to Cockermouth MRT. Stood down at
02:00 Hrs as the problems had eased. (15 Rescue Person Hours)
47. 23rd November. Search. 15:21 Hrs West Bradford near
A 42-year-old male had been missing for over 48 hours but his car had only just
been located near a remote farm at West Bradford near
Clitheroe. Lancashire Police requested we assist with the
ongoing search. A full Team page was put out at 16:00 Hrs for the Team to RV at
the Eaves Hall Hotel where we located our Incident Control. Over the next few
hours in atrocious weather conditions of very heavy rain and low visibility an
extensive search of the area around the missing persons car was undertaken. This
included fell tracks, moorland, field boundaries, woods and open farmland. The
Team stood down at 23:15 Hrs when the missing person was located, safe, outside
of search areas wandering near Hoghton having
apparently been outside for over two days. 28 Team members involved in this
search. We were also assisted by the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA).
This was in the form of two air scenting dogs and handlers from SARDA (England).
These are members of the Cave Rescue Organisation
and Rossendale &
Pendle MRT. A trailing scent specific dog, handler and navigator from
SARDA(Wales) also attending. These are members of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team
(192 Rescue Person Hours)
46. 20th November. Search. 04:27 Hrs. The Beacon,
Skelmersdale. Team Incident Controllers
paged in the early hours by Lancashire Police. They had concern for a vulnerable
male, missing since the previous day but his car had just been located at 04:00
Hrs in the wooded area of The Beacon Country Park near Skelmersdale. The full
Team was called at 06:40 Hrs with an RV at The Beacon for 08:00 Hrs. Extensive
searches of fields, woods and a golf course were undertaken and a number of
artefacts related to the missing person were located. However, at 12:30 Hrs the
Team stood down with all identified tasks, including researching of some areas,
completed but with the missing person still outstanding. (60+ Rescue Person
Post Script: We were informed later that
evening that the missing person had been located, safe and out of search areas,
having presented at a Health Centre in Skelmersdale
45. 15th November. Bad Weather Cover. 12:01 Hrs.
Clitheroe. Team Incident Controllers were
contacted by the Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle MRT. They were providing
support for the North West Ambulance Service at Clitheroe and Sawley where very
high levels of water on the River Ribble were being experienced following
further heavy rain overnight. It was felt that some evacuations of people from
properties may be required. The Team deployed one Landrover Ambulance and a
minibus with five persons to provide support. One Team Controller co-ordinating
throughout the incident. At 16:46 Hrs the Team stood down as water levels had
receded. (28 Rescue Person Hours)
43. (continuation) 14th November. Bad Weather Cover.
18:17 Hrs. River Ribble at
further page was received from Lancashire Police requesting the Team to move
from Standby to Call Out due to the immediate risk of the
Ribble Ribble bursting its
banks at Ribchester. Team Leader responded
directly to the Major Incident Silver Command (Tactical) that had been
established at BAe Systems at
Samlesbury with the rest of the Team moving to our bases
at Garstang and Penwortham.
Rossendale & Pendle MRT
also responding. With flooding reported in the Lune Valley and at Lancaster in
the north of area it was decided that the Team was in a better position to
respond from Garstang. Our Bronze Command
(Operational) was therefore set up at Garstang. At
21:00 Hrs the Team Leader arrived at Garstang.
There was no requirement for an immediate deployment and a further decision
would be made by Gold Command (Strategic) based at Lancashire Police HQ, Hutton
at 22:00 Hrs. At 22:30 Hrs a decision was made to stand down all responders as
the immediate risk had reduced. 22 Team members responding to this incident. (88
Rescue Person Hours)
44. 14th November. Search. 13:11 Hrs.
still on standby for Bad Weather Cover (Incident 43) the Team was paged to see
if we could assist in a search for a missing 15-year-old female. Missing since
the previous day and last seen on farmland to the north of Barton Grange Garden
Centre. Search of canal, woods, farmland and the River Brock required. Due to
the close proximity of the search areas to our Vehicle and Training Base at
Garstang it was decide to run the incident from
the base rather than our Mobile Incident Control vehicle. Just as the first
search teams were deployed the predicted heavy rains started. However, shortly
afterwards the Team was put on "hold" and then stood down at 15:51 Hrs as it was
determined that the young female had travelled out of area to
Cambridgeshire and was safe. (60+ Rescue Person Hours)
43. 13th November. Standby Bad Weather Cover. 14:51 Hrs.
All Lancashire. With Met Office Amber
alerts in place and the imminent arrival of Storm Abigail within the next 24
hours the Team was contacted by Lancashire Police & the North West Ambulance
Service to determine our availability should we be required to assist. An
immediate page was sent to all Team members to ascertain availability for the
next 72 hours. At 22:00 Hrs an update was sent to all Team members and a further
one at 11:30 Hrs on 14th November with no change in the predicted weather from
mid-afternoon of very heavy rain which proved to be spot-on.
42. 2nd November. Spot Pick-Up. 17:31 Hrs. Silverdale
Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service with a
report of a 61-year-old female fallen in woods at Silverdale. However, as the
Team was responding and with vehicles mobile a message was received that the
casualty had been able to walk to the Land Ambulance assisted by NWAS paramedics
and the Team stood down.
S13. 28th October. Standby Search. 18:28 Hrs. Rivington
Area, West Lancashire. Team contacted by
Lancashire Police. They had received a phone call from a 17-year-old female and
an 18-year-old male, lost in the West Pennine Moors area. They had gone for a
walk but had not taken a torch with them and had become lost as darkness
descended. Could the Team assist with SARLOC? This is a smart phone location
technology available to MR Teams. A SMS text message was sent to the missing
persons mobile and a few seconds later their location popped up on our mapping
systems. They were actually in the Rivington area and the incident was handed
over to Bolton MRT as this is their operational area.
Bolton MRT incident 81/2015
41. 24th October. Spot Pick-Up. 16:33 Hrs. White Coppice,
Pennine Moors. Team contacted by the
North West Ambulance Service with a report of a 68-year-old female tripped and
fallen with a shoulder injury on the moors above White Coppice. Paramedics from
NWAS also in attendance. The lady was treated for the pain in her shoulder and
was evacuated from the moors on a stretcher to the waiting land ambulance at
White Coppice. 15 Team members with three of our Land Rover Ambulances involved
in this incident. (22.5 Rescue Person Hours)
40. 27th September. Spot Pick-up. 14:57 Hrs.
Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Towards the end of the 3 Peaks
Cyclo Cross the Team became aware of a mountain biker,
fallen with shoulder injuries in Gisburn Forest.
The Cave Rescue Organisation was also called to
this incident. With most of the Team in Horton-in-Ribblesdale
and only three riders still on the hill, a decision was made to send one of our
Gisburn. However, we were stood down on arrival, as the casualty had been able
to walk to the North West Air Ambulance, Helimed
08. Whilst driving out of the forest first aid was administered to another
mountain biker who had sustained minor head injuries. (6 Rescue Person Hours)
The Team has provided Safety and Rescue cover for the annual 3 Peaks
Cyclo Cross for nearly 50 years and this year was no
exception. For a change, a calm clear sunny day greeted the 600+ participants at
Helwith Bridge for the start. For the first time a
Team member was one of these starters (and finisher). The usual cuts, bruises
and minor injuries treated both on the hill and at the end of the event with the
following three incidents of note:
39. 27th September. Spot Pick-up. 11:54 Hrs.
Whernside, North Yorkshire.
Whilst incidents 37 & 38 were still in progress, Team
Controllers were informed of a possible incident on the descent from
Whernside. Three Team members were deployed from the
summit to investigate. At 12:07 Hrs Control was informed of a casualty with
severe facial injuries, possible neck & back injuries and a broken wrist. Our
Team member who was participating in the event also stopped to assist with the
casualty. As Team were already dealing with the two incidents on
Ingleborough the Cave Rescue
Organisation was asked to assist along with other members
of the Team at Ribblehead. Due to the nature of
injuries, a second Air Ambulance was requested. On arrival of the Great North
Air Ambulance both Teams assisted with the short carry to the aircraft for the
onward journey to Lancaster Royal Infirmary.
38. 27th September. Spot Pickup. 11:10 Hrs.
Ingleborough, North Yorkshire.
As the Landrover from Incident 37 was moving up
the hill a second casualty was encountered. This participant was reported as
having gone over the handle bars of his bike higher up on the mountain. He had
carried on down almost to Cold Coates but was now complaining of neck and back
pain. This casualty was stabilised and due to the
mechanism of injury the Yorkshire Air Ambulance,
Helimed 99 was requested which then evacuated the casualty to hospital. (18
Rescue Person Hours)
37. 27th September. Spot Pick-Up. 10:54 Hrs.
Ingleborough, North Yorkshire.
Team Controllers at Helwith Bridge were alerted
that one of the Teams medical units on the descent route from
Ingleborough to Cold Coates was assisting a male
participant in the race who had sustained facial / head injuries. Casualty was
treated and was able to walk off assisted by the Team and a land ambulance was
requested to RV at Cold Coates. One of our
Landrover 4 x Ambulances was dispatched up the track to assist (see incident 38
above). Casualty evacuated by Land Ambulance to hospital from Cold Coates. (4
Rescue Person Hours)
36. 21st September. Spot Pick-Up. 05:30 Hrs.
Euxton near Chorley.
Team contacted by Lancashire Police advising us that they were on scene at an
incident where a male had jumped a fence and fallen down an embankment, possibly
into water with injures unknown. 11 Team members with two Team vehicles
responding to this incident but we were again stood down as Lancashire Fire &
Rescue Service, who had also been called were able to access the casualty and we
were not required. All back to bed then! (11 Rescue Person Hours)
35. 20th September. Spot Pick-up. 15:48 Hrs.
Brinscall near Chorley.
The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team assist with a female, aged
65, fallen with an ankle injury on farmland near
Brinscall. Casualty was carried across a field, through woodland and over a
stream to the land ambulance. 12 Team members attending this incident with
others stood down on route. (12 Rescue Person Hours)
34. 8th September. Search. 19:49 Hrs.
Aldcliffe Marsh, Lancaster.
Deputy Team Leader was contacted direct by a Lancashire Police Missing from Home
Officer. Report of a missing male, aged 24, in the
Aldcliffe Marsh area of Lancaster. Could we assist in the
search of the River Lune and surrounding farmland and woods? However, just 15
minutes after a full Team page was sent out we were stood down. The missing
person had made his own way to A & E and was safe.
33. 7th September. Search. 20:41 Hrs. Healey Nab near
Chorley. The Team was requested to assist
Lancashire Police with the urgent search of Healey Nab for a vulnerable female.
The 73-year-old female had been separated from her husband on the way back from
their walk and was giving cause for concern as darkness descended. 15 Team
members responding to this incident but we were stood down on arrival when the
good news came that the lady had returned home, safe. (15 Rescue Person Hours)
32. 31st August. Search / Spot Pick-up. 14:17 Hrs.
Totridge. Bowland. Team Controllers
contacted by Lancashire Police. A report of an injured female with a possible
broken arm, on Totridge Fell. Female accompanied by her husband. Exact location
unclear but near the summit trig point. Team members spending the Bank Holiday
weekend at our nearby Smelt Mill base immediately commenced the ascent of
Totridge Fell whilst other Team members making for Dinkling Green Farm. Police
helicopter arrived and located the casualty about 1300m west of the summit trig
point. When Team members arrived on scene and it was decided to walk the
casualty off the hill. However, a request was made for the North West Air
Ambulance to attend and they lifted the casualty off the hill from near the
summit of Totridge for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. Husband
walked off the hill and transported to his vehicle by the Team. 19 Team members
attending with four of our Team vehicles. (45+ Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: Thanks to all at
Dinckley Green Farm for allowing us to park vehicles all
around the farmyard.
31. 30th August. Spot Pick-up. 15:51 Hrs.
Cockerham near Lancaster.
North West Air Ambulance requested the Team to assist with a carry of a female
who had fallen at Cockerham. Requirement was to
carry casualty from below the sea wall back to the helicopter a short distance
away. First Team members on scene were able to do this with equipment from the
helicopter and the incident was concluded within 40 minutes. 18 team members
responding to this incident with many being stood down on route. (12 Rescue
30. 24th August. Search. 13:45 Hrs.
Walmer Bridge / Longton
Area near Preston. Team Leader was
contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist with the ongoing search
for a vulnerable 65-year-old male. Missing since the previous day and giving
cause for concern as to his safety. The Team carried out extensive searches of
woodland, farmland, disused brickworks, nature reserves, ponds and coastline.
However, the good news was received just after 18:00 Hrs that the gentleman had
been located, safe, some miles away outside search areas at Farringdon Moss,
Leyland. 15 Team members involved in the search with others stood down on route
having finished work. (60+ Rescue Person Hours)
S12. 15th August. 15:40 Hrs. Standby Search. Lancaster
Area. Team Leader was contacted by
Lancashire Police to request assistance with as search for a vulnerable person
in the Lancaster Area. However, there was very little information to go on to
mount an effective search so the Team did not deploy.
29. 22nd July. Spot Pickup. 11:27 Hrs. Gisburn Forest,
Bowland. Team requested to assist with a
14-year-old male fallen from his mountain bike in Gisburn Forest. Incident in
the vicinity of Hully Gully. Serious wrist / arm injury reported. The North West
Air Ambulance unable to lift from Blackpool due to inclement weather. Team
arrived at Tosside and were able to escort a land ambulance and crew to the top
of Hully Gully. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance then arrived on scene as weather was
not as bad over this side if the county. The casualty was treated by the Team
and paramedics, placed on a stretcher and carried to the Air Ambulance at the
top of the gully for onward transportation to Skipton Hospital. 9 Team members
involved in this incident. During this incident the Teams Incident Controller
was contacted by Bristow Helicopters. They had one of the new Coastguard S92
rescue helicopters returning to base at Humberside and could they assist?
However as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance had arrived this kind offer was turned
down. (18 Rescue Person Hours)
28. 17th July. Spot Pick-Up. 18:29 Hrs. Fairy Glen,
Sprodley Brook, Appley Bridge. The Team
was called to assist with a male mountain biker, aged 30 , in the Appley Bridge
area. Reported with a head injury having fallen from his bike in woods at the
Fairy Glen. First Team members on scene determined that the casualty could be
safely walked some 500m to our Landrover ambulance at the road head. The
casualty was then transported to Wigan Hospital A & E in our Landrover
Ambulance. 14 Team members involved with this incident. (21 Rescue Person Hours)
27. 11th July. Spot Pick-Up. 14:37 Hrs. Gisburn Forest,
Bowland. The Team was requested to assist
the North West Air Ambulance with an injured male mountain biker in Gisburn
Forest. Reported as fallen in Hully Gully with a possible dislocated shoulder.
We were able to respond immediately as all four of our 4 x 4 Landrovers where
out and about with Team members in Chorley, Clitheroe, Longridge and at Smelt
Mill in the Trough. The Team was stood down when it was determined that the
casualty had been transported to the Air Ambulance by the local Forest Wardens.
12 Team members responding to this incident. (6 Rescue Person Hours)
26. 27th June. Spot Pick-up. 15:47 Hrs. Beacon Fell
Country Park near Chipping. The North
West Ambulance Service requested the Team to attend a 43-yer-old female, tripped
and fallen with hip, shoulder and arm injuries near the summit of Beacon Fell.
We were able to access quite close to the casualty with one of our vehicles but
due to the nature of the injuries, it was decided to carry the casualty some
500m on a rescue stretcher to a waiting land ambulance rather than a bumpy
journey in a Landrover. 12 Team members responding
to this incident. (12 Rescue Person Hours)
25. 20th June. Spot Pick-up. 15:35 Hrs. High
Anglezarke near Chorley. Team was paged
by the North West Ambulance Service to attend a female, aged 15, with an ankle
injury and unable to walk near High Bullough
Reservoir. We were able to respond immediately as the majority of the Team were
providing rescue cover for 'The 72' event. The young person was part of a Duke
of Edinburgh award scheme group. Bolton MRT also
mobilising to this incident. Casualty was treated by Team members and carried on
a mountain rescue stretcher by both Teams to a waiting land ambulance. Twelve
Team members attending this incident. (18 Rescue Person Hours)
24. 17th June. Search. 08:34 Hrs.
Team requested by Lancashire Constabulary to search for a vulnerable male, aged
82, in the Poulton-le-Fylde area. Missing from his
home since approximately 17:30 Hrs the previous evening and giving cause for
concern as to his safety. Team completed allotted tasks including searching open
farmland, woods and water courses then stood down at 15:15 Hrs unfortunately
with the missing person outstanding. During the incident, the assistance of a
Drowned Victim Search Dog (DVSD) from Bolton Mountain Rescue Team / NSARDA was
utilised. Ten Team members involved in the search
with others available later in the day and evening should the search have
continued. At 18:00 Hrs we received the very good news that the missing person
had been located, safe, but needing medical treatment in an urban area outside
the search areas. (70 Rescue Person Hours)
23. 12th June. Spot Pick-up / Assist to another MRT.
10:38 Pendle Hill.
Rossendale & Pendle MRT
were attending a female on Pendle Hill and
requested assistance. The female had collapsed with internal pains. On arrival
of the first Rossendale &
Pendle Team members it was determined that it was safe
for the casualty to walk down. The Team stood down with eight team members and
one vehicle on scene or on-route. (12 Rescue Person Hours)
22. 23rd May. Spot Pick-up. 12:02 Hrs.
Astley Park, Chorley.
Requested to assist with a female, aged 87, fallen from her mobility scooter in
woods at Astley Park, Chorley. Paramedics from the
North West Ambulance Service and the North West Air Ambulance already on-scene.
The person sustained a severe lower leg injury and was in some pain. The lady
was placed into a casualty bag and then onto a Mountain Rescue Stretcher. She
was then carried to the waiting Air Ambulance some 300 m away. Team then
assisted the Air Crew with marshalling the large crowd that had gathered (and
had been given an impromptu briefing by the pilot on the work of the Air
Ambulance and mountain rescue) so they could take off. 9 Team members responding
to this incident with two Team 4 x 4 landrovers.
Many thanks to the members of the public who chipped in and carried some of our
kit back to our vehicles. (9 Rescue Person Hours)
21. 16th May. Spot Pick-up. 16:00 Hrs. Nicky Nook,
Scorton near Garstang.
The North West Ambulance Service reported
a 28-year-old female with an ankle injury on Nick Nook near
Grizedale Reservoir . Team treated the casualty and
carried her, up hill, on a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher to a waiting North
West Air Ambulance near the summit of Nicky Nook for the onward journey to the
Royal Preston Hospital. 3 Team 4 x 4 Landrovers
deployed with 23 Team members involved, some leaving the MR England & Wales AGM
at Lancashire Police HQ, Hutton to attend this incident. (36 Rescue Person
S11. 10th May. Standby Search. 20:29 Hrs. Glasson Dock.
Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police requesting use of a
Drowned Victim Search Dog at Glasson Dock. Our Team Leader liaised with the dog
handler, who is a member of Bolton MRT, but in the end, no MR assets deployed.
Sadly, we understand a body was located in
Morecambe Bay. Our thoughts extended to the missing persons family at this sad
20. 9th May. Spot Pick-up. 15:05 Hrs.
Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
The North West Ambulance Service
requested assistance with a mountain biker, male aged 32, fallen with head
injury, in Gisburn Forest. Team members
undertaking a street collection in Chorley were able to immediately deploy in
one of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. Other Team
members at our Garstang Training Base, undertaking
the MREW Casualty Care Course, were also able to respond immediately in two
Landrovers. A fourth
Landrover deploying from our Smelt Mill Headquarters in
the Trough of Bowland. However, on arrival the
casualty had walked to the Land Ambulance and was safe. 16 Team members involved
in this incident. (16 Rescue Person Hours)
S10. 8th May. Standby Search. 13:46 Hrs.
Hesketh Bank, West Lancashire.
Team Incident Controllers paged by Lancashire Police.
They were in the early stages of a search for a missing vulnerable male in the
Hesketh Bank area. However, after consulting with
the Police Officer in charge of the search it was decided that at this stage
there was not enough information to mount a search. Team remained on standby
should more intelligence become available but we were not required.
19. 8th May. Spot Pick-up / Search. 11:43 Hrs. Healey Nab
near Chorley. Team requested by the North
West Ambulance Service to undertake an urgent search to locate a vulnerable
14-year-old female thought to be in the woods on Healey Nab and giving cause for
concern as to her safety. First Team members on scene, with local Police
Officers who had also responded, immediately commenced a search of the area.
Thankfully on the first sweep of the area the young person was located, safe, in
the main quarry area of Healey Nab. After being checked over by paramedics, she
was able to walk off the Nab. The paramedics and the casualty were then
transported in a Team vehicle back to the land ambulance on the Chorley side of
the Nab. 12 Team members with two of our Landrover
Ambulances involved in this incident. Other Team members on standby should it
have been necessary to undertake a more protracted search. (12 Rescue Person
18. 28th April. Spot Pick-up. 20:44 Hrs
Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to attend woods in
Appley Bridge where a 14-year-old male had fallen from
his bike. First Team members on scene were able to stand down the Team as the
young person, who has sustained a shoulder injury, had been able to walk out of
the woods to the waiting land ambulance. Bolton MRT and a NWAS HART unit also
mobilised to this incident. 9 Team members
responding to this incident with two vehicles mobile at the stand down. (9
Rescue Person Hours)
17. 23rd April. Spot Pick-up. 08:56 Hrs
Simonstone near Whalley.
Team requested to assist colleagues at
Rossendale & Pendle
MRT with a 33-year-old male fallen from a bike. Difficult location for ambulance
crew to access. 7 Team members and one 4 x 4 ambulance responding to this
incident. However, we were stood down on-route with the NW Air Ambulance on
scene and NWAS had been able to deal with the incident.
16. 17th April. Spot Pick-up. 16:50 Hrs.
Adlington near Chorley.
Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service
with a 55-year-old male reported as fallen sustaining a severe neck injury on
the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at
Adlington. Team was able to access the casualty across fields and along the
towpath. Casualty was stabilised and loaded onto a
mountain rescue stretcher then carried some 500 m to a waiting land ambulance.
15 Team members involved in this incident (30 Rescue Person Hours)
11th April. Spot Pick-up. 15:44 Hrs.
Boulsworth Moor, Trawden.
North West Ambulance Service requested Team assistance. Injured fell walker. Job
passed to Rossendale &
Pendle MRT as their area.
S9. 10th April. Local Incident. 16:29 Hrs. East Quarry,
Appley Bridge. Team was placed on standby
by Lancashire Police to assist in the search of the East Quarry at Appley
Bridge. Report of young person having failed to surface after diving into a deep
pool. Unfortunately, a body was recovered a short time later and the Team was
not required. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young person
at this very sad time.
9th April. Spot Pick-up. 13:43 Hrs. Frith Wood,
Arnside. North West Ambulance Service requested
Team assistance. 65-year-old with leg injury. Incident passed to Kendal MSRT as
15. 7th April. Search. 01:54 Hrs. Flying Shed Quarry,
Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley. Team requested
by Lancashire Constabulary to search for a vulnerable male in the
Whittle-le-Woods area. Missing persons car had been located near the two large
working quarries. However, just as the first search Teams were deployed the
missing person was located, safe, near his home by police officers. 8 Team
members initially responding to this incident with others available at first
light should it have been necessary to continue the search. Lancashire Fire &
rescue Service also attending to provide additional lighting. (16 Rescue Person
14. 5th April. Spot Pick-up. 15:33 Hrs.
Holme Wood, Grizedale near
The North West Ambulance Service requested that we assist with a 65-year-old
male who had slipped and injured his ankle / leg in
Holme Wood near Nicky Nook. After administrating pain
killing gas the Team carried the gentleman on a Bell Mountain rescue stretcher
approximately 750m to a waiting Land Ambulance for the onward journey to
Lancaster Royal Infirmary. 16 Team members involved in this incident with two of
our 4 x 4 Mountain Rescue ambulances deployed. (32 Rescue Person Hours)
13. 30th March. Spot Pick-up. 03:36 Hrs. Easington Fell,
Bowland. Team Incident Controllers
contacted in the early hours by Lancashire Police with a report of seven persons
(including two young children) and a dog trapped in their vehicles on Easington
Fell. They had apparently been driving off road with their 4 x 4 vehicles and
had become stuck on the fell some 8 hours before (daylight). It was decided to
send two of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances with four persons to assist. SARLoc
used to locate exact position on fell. It was difficult to determine how they
had got to the position, as there are no vehicle tracks on this part of the
fell. Whilst on route it was decided to access via the woods at Grindleton Fell.
Due to the recent heavy rain and ground conditions decision taken that the Team
Landrover’s would not go beyond forestry tracks and the Team walked into the
incident location. The seven persons were checked over and then walked to our
vehicles, cold & hungry, but unaffected by their ordeal. Mum and children
transported back to Chorley in Team vehicle. (42 Rescue Person Hours)
Postscript. We understand that the local farmer recovered the stuck vehicles
some five days later.
12. 15th March. 14:12 Hrs
Ginney Hey near Saddle End, Bowland.
Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a 70-year-old
female who had slipped and sustained an ankle injury. Team stood down with six
Team members on scene, as the North West Air Ambulance had been able to land
close by and was able to transport the casualty to the Royal Preston Hospital.
14 Team members responding to this incident. (21 rescue Person Hours)
S8. 10th March. Assist other MRT. 14:48 Hrs.
Downham Moor, Pendle Hill.
A Team Incident Controller was contacted directly by a Controller from
Rossendale & Pendle MRT.
They required assistance with a female who had fallen and badly fractured her
wrist on Downham Moor. The NW Air Ambulance was
able to land close by and both Teams were not required.
11. 8th March. Search. 16:37 Hrs Saddle Fell,
Controllers received a report of a walker lost on the
Bowland Fells. Very sketchy information. An attempt to
SARLOC the missing person was unsuccessful. From the information provided by the
missing person to the Police the Team was able to determine that the casualty
was in the Saddle Fell area. Initial plan was for Team members to access the
fell from Fell Foot over Parlick, Saddle End Farm,
Totridge and the
Hareden and Langden valleys. Our headquarters at
Smelt Mill was opened up and prepared for an extended search. However, in fading
light a Police helicopter was able to locate the casualty on Saddle Fell. The
casualty, who was very cold, was evacuated by helicopter to
Dunsop Bridge. A Police officer was left behind on the
fell to look after the casualties dog. The Police helicopter is only allowed to
transport specialist dog units. Two Team members were then flown back up onto
the fell to walk the dog down, the police officer returning on the helicopter.
Casualty and dog were reunited at Saddle End Farm. Thanks to the farmer who gave
the dog and our Team members a lift down the hill in his quad bike and trailer.
(40 Rescue Person Hours)
10. 5th March. Spot Pick-up. 16:10 Hrs.
Birdy Brow, Longridge Fell.
The North West Ambulance Service
requested that we assist with the carry off on an 83-year-old male who had
slipped and was unable to move. Air Ambulance had been unable to land due to
slopping land, trees and power lines. Team carried the gentleman approximately
500 m across a very wet and muddy field to a waiting Land Ambulance. 12 Team
members involved in this incident with 3 of our 4 x 4 Mountain Rescue ambulance
also deployed. (18 Rescue Person Hours)
S7. 4th March. Standby Search. 21:30 Hrs. Newton-in-Bowland.
Team members at our Smelt Mill HQ in the
Trough of Bowland were alerted by a Police
helicopter overhead. A Police officer called in and informed us they were in the
initial stages of a search for a missing 16-year-old female. As we were
discussing how the Team could assist, a radio message was received that the
young person had been located, safe.
S6. 4th March. Standby Search. 18:20 Hrs
Brockholes near Preston.
Team received another request to search for a vulnerable female in the
Brockholes area of Preston. Initial search areas were
determined with the Police but as we were about to call out the full Team news
was received that the missing person had been located by a dog walker in an area
about to be searched. We understand that the person was
S5. 3rd March. Standby Search. 09:55 Hrs
Hesketh Bank, West Lancashire.
Another incident where our assistance was requested but upon contacting the
Police Missing from Home Search Manager, we were informed that the person had
just been located.
9. 1st March. Search. 22:04 Hrs. Blackburn. Team leaders
contacted by Rossendale &
Pendle MRT to
request additional resources in the urgent search for a vulnerable female, aged
55. Missing from Blackburn Hospital and giving cause for concern as to her
safety. Team stood down just after 02:00 Hrs having completed allocated search
tasks around Fishmoor Reservoir. 12 Team members
assisting colleagues from RPMRT with this incident. Search dogs from SARDA
(England) and a police helicopter also involved. (48 Rescue Person Hours)
S4. 1st March. Standby Search. 03:37 Hrs
Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police with a request to assist with an
urgent search for a vulnerable male. As details were being obtained from the
Police Force Incident Manager the good news came that the person had been
located, safe and it was all back to bed.
S3. 17th February. Standby Search. 23:10 Hrs. Preston.
Lancashire Police requested our assistance with a search for a missing elderly
female in the Preston area. Very little information as to the whereabouts of the
missing person were available, the area around her home being urban with no
direction of travel. It was decided not to commence a search at this stage until
further information had been gathered. Team on standby for a search the
Post Script: Team Leader contacted in the early hours of the following day with
the news that the missing person had been located, safe, in
Lytham. It is possible that she had walked there.
8. 17th February. Spot Pick-Up / RTC. 14:37 Hrs.
requested to assist the North West Air Ambulance at a Road Traffic Collision.
The incident had occurred on a sharp bend in a narrow lane. Air Ambulance had
landed some distance away in a very muddy, boggy field. On arrival it was
decided that one of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances
would carry the casualty on a stretcher to the waiting Air Ambulance. Ten Team
member’s involved in this incident. (15 Rescue Person Hours)
S2. 5th February. Local Incident. 14:30 Hrs.
Galgate, south of Lancaster.
Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service with a report of a female,
aged 18, in the Lancaster Canal at Galgate. The
Team often gets called to incidents on canals either to carry casualties along
towpaths back to the road head or over fences and hedges to waiting Air
Ambulances in nearby fields. However, on contacting the Ambulance Control Desk
to obtain further details it was determined that the female was safe and the
Team would not be required this time.
7. 31st January. Search. 10:05 Hrs.
Caton near Lancaster.
Team requested to search for a vulnerable male, missing for some three days.
Search of farmland, woods and the bank of the River Lune required. Just after
the Team arrived at the RV at Bull Beck, a helicopter from the National Police
Air Service arrived. Unfortunately, on the helicopters first sweep of the area a
body was discovered in a field on the north bank of the River Lune. Team was
able to access within 700m of the casualty site and, after the Police had
completed their processes, the body was recovered to a Team 4 x 4
Landrover and transported to Lancaster. 20 Team members
attending this incident with others stood down responding. Our thoughts are with
the missing person’s family and friends at this time. (80 Rescue Person Hours)
6. 29th January. Local Incident. 23:41 Hrs.
Wheelton near Chorley.
Team Incident Controllers contacted by the North West
Ambulance Service. Due to the snow and icy roads, they were having difficulty
reaching a remote residential home in the Wheelton
area. A male, aged 72 had fallen from a roof some 24 hours earlier and was now
having difficulty breathing. Four Team members with one of our
Landrover Ambulances from Penwortham attended. It was
decided to transport the casualty the short distance to Chorley A & E with an
NWAS Paramedic on our vehicle. This task was completed by 01:10 Hrs. Second
Landrover with two Team members as backup
responding from our Garstang base. (12 Rescue
5. 25th January. Search. 17:46 Hrs. Glasson Dock,
Morecambe Bay. Team Controllers Group
paged by Lancashire Police with a request to join an urgent search for a missing
windsurfer in Morecambe Bay off the coast by Glasson Dock. The male, aged 61, a
very experienced windsurfer, had become separated from his colleagues in fog.
The team’s role in incidents like this is to search the coastal path and inland
from the coast just in case someone has made it ashore. This allows colleagues
from Coastguard SAR and the RNLI to concentrate on the tidal marshes and sea.
The Team stood down just after 22:00 hrs having searched some 20 Km’s of coastal
path between Knott End and Glasson Dock. Nothing was found. Thanks to the
members of Coastguard SAR that joined out search parties and provide local
knowledge. Resources involved in this large scale search incident included a
Police helicopter, Ambulance HART Team, RAF SAR Sea King helicopter, RNLI,
Coastguard SAR and Bay Search & Rescue Team. 29 Team members attending this
incident. (116 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. The body of the missing windsurfer was located the following day on
Middleton Sands in the Bay. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to the
missing persons family and friends at this sad time.
S1. 11th January. Spot Pick-Up. 13:13 Hrs. Bowland / West
Pennine Moors. Team Leader contacted
direct by Lancashire Police. They had a report of a hill walker collapsed with
his walking companions undertaking CPR. Two Grid References given. One in
Bowland and one on Spitlers Edge on the West Pennine Moors. Team members
deployed immediately to ready vehicles. However, it was confirmed that the
incident was on Spitlers Edge and that the Air Ambulance was on scene with
Bolton MRT, who had also been called, as they were close by. With no need for us
to attend, we stood down en-route after double-checking there was no second
incident (7 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: Unfortunately, the gentleman passed away and his body was recovered
by members of Bolton MRT. Bolton MRT Incident 20/2015
10th January. Spot Pick-Up. 18:51 Hrs. The Beacon Country Park,
contacted by the North West Ambulance Service who could not locate a casualty.
They were in contact by mobile phone with a male who claimed he had a severe
head injury within the Country Park. Request was to locate the injured person.
Attempts to SARLOC the casualty were negative. Team
RV’ed at the car park near the summit of
Ashurst’s Beacon with six persons immediately deploying
to search footpaths. They were soon joined by other Team members and three of
our Landrover Ambulances. Hasty searches of the
main footpaths were unsuccessful. It was decided to deploy our Control vehicle
from Garstang and
formalise a search. As these additional resources were deploying we were
informed that the “casualty” may have returned to his home in
Skelmersdale. All resources were placed on “hold” and it
was confirmed a short time later that the person had been located. We understand
that that he was charged with wasting emergency services time. 20+ Team members
with 5 vehicles responding to this incident. All vehicles
refuelled and returned to base by 23:00 Hrs. (60+ Rescue
3. 10th January. Spot Pick-Up. 09:27 Hrs.
Cuerden Valley Country Park, Leyland.
Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a female with a
lower leg / ankle injury. Injured person had been taking part in an
organised running event within the country park. Team
stood down with 15+ members and two land rover ambulances attending when it was
confirmed that the casualty had made it to the land ambulance. A Team member who
was also in the event had assisted the ambulance crew with the casualty. He then
went on and completed the event with a couple more laps around the park. (15
Rescue Person Hours)
2. 6th January. Search. 10:51 Hrs.
Nateby near Garstang.
Team requested to continue the search for the missing male at
Nateby. Team asked to revisit some areas that had been
searched the night before but now in daylight. Unfortunately, just after the
search recommenced, the body of the missing person was located by the Police
Underwater Unit within the search area in one of the flooded areas. The Teams
thoughts and sympathies are extended to the missing person’s family and friends
at this sad time. (36 Rescue Person Hours)
1. 5th January. Search. 21:07 Hrs.
Nateby near Garstang.
Team requested to search for a vulnerable
male who was giving Police cause for concern as to his safety. Extensive search
of tracks, farmland and woods undertaken with the incident controlled from our
Training & Vehicle Base in Garstang. Extensive
parts of the search area being flooded. The search was suspended just after
02:00 Hrs with Police officers briefed on areas requiring further attention with
additional resources. The Team prepared to return the following day if required.
(110 Rescue Person Hours)