48. Saturday 15th September. Spot Pick Up Gisburn
While on a charity bike ride for the team a cyclist went over the handle bars
while descending 'Hully Gully'. Team members in the forest were made aware and
attended the male who had already received immediate aid by those cycling with
him. The male was checked over and transported by to the Hub in a team
landrover. Although a little sore all over no ambulance was required. (3.5
Rescue Person Hours)
47. Monday 27th August. Spot Pick-Up. 17.06
Hrs. Beacon Fell near Chipping.
Team called by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a 13-year-old female
who had fallen in woods at Beacon Fell. Reported with possible back injuries.
The North West Air Ambulance from Barton arriving at the same time as first Team
members. She was treated for her injuries, placed on an MR stretcher and carried
200m by the Team to the waiting Air Ambulance for the onward journey to Alder
Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. 22 Team members responding to this
Incident with two of our 4 x 4 Land Rover Ambulances (53 Rescue Person Hours)
46. Thursday 23rd August. Spot Pick-Up.
10:27 Hrs. Brock Bottom near Beacon Fell.
Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a female reported
with a hip injury at Brockmill. A second grid reference was then received for
the Cas Site, which was nearer to Brock Bottom. Due to the potential confusion
with the locations, a SARCall PhoneFind was sent to the person who reported the
incident and this confirmed the second location with the Team diverting to an RV
at Bannister Hey Farm. Team was able to get a vehicle quite close to the
casualty who was soon placed in a vacuum mattress. After some gardening to
remove a tree that had fallen across the path she was then carried on a mountain
rescue stretcher to the Land Rover and transported up to the road head to meet
the NWAS ambulance. Thanks to the Explorer Scout Group that initially phoned in
this incident. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
45. Saturday 18th August. Search 08:00 Hrs.
Wigan Flashes, Greater Manchester.
Continuing the search for the missing vulnerable male in support of Bolton MRT.
Extensive searches being undertaken within the Wigan Flashes Nature Reserve,
surrounding woods & farmland and a former coal mine tip. Cheshire Lowland Search
& Rescue Team plus a trailing search dog and handler from SARDA(Wales) also
attending. Sadly, just after 16:00 hrs a body was located and the Team stood
down. The body was recovered by members of BMRT & CSAR. Eleven Team members
supporting this incident. Our condolences are extended to family and friends of
the missing person. (88 Rescue Person Hours)
S13. Friday 17th August. Standby Search.
18:10 Hrs. Wigan Flashes, Greater Manchester.
Request from Bolton MRT to assist with a search of the Wigan Flashes in Greater
Manchester for a vulnerable 32-year-old male who had been missing since the
previous day. Due to the time of day, it was decided to provide support the
following day. Plans made for the Team to attend at the RV for 09:00 hrs (2
Rescue Person Hours)
44. Saturday 12th August. Spot Pick-Up.
13:32 Hrs Parlick Pick, Bowland.
Urgent request to assist the North West Air Ambulance. Tandem parapenters had
been caught by a strong gust of wind, failed to lift off and been dragged 200
metres through a stone wall coming to rest on the steep slope of the west side
of Parlick Pike. Female, aged 41, suffering from serious injuries. The Air
Ambulance had landed on the summit and Paramedics had reached the casualty but
due to the steep slope the Team would be required to extract to the helicopter.
First Team members making their way up to the casualty with the Air Ambulance
coming down to Fell Foot to transport two team members and kit back up. Due to
the nature of the injuries, it was decided to request a winch capable helicopter
from the Coastguard. This duly arrived in the form of an AW189, call sign Rescue
199, from Prestwick in Scotland. The casualty was winched on board for the
onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. Thirteen Team members attending
with all three of our front line Landrover ambulances. Thanks to the Bolton MRT
member who provided support with SARCall on this Incident. (58 Rescue Person
43. Wednesday 8th August. Spot Pick-Up.
14:43 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Report of a 47-year-old male fallen from mountain bike with chest injuries in
Gisburn Forest. Yorkshire Air Ambulance also on route but weather dependent.
Patient located near marker post 18 on Sheep Hill. Team stood down with twelve
persons responding when it was confirmed that the Air Ambulance had landed and
was able to deal with the incident. (3 Rescue Person Hours)
42. Saturday 4th August. Spot Pick-Up.
13:00 Hrs. Dalehead, Borrowdale.
The Team has provided fell safety cover for the Borrowdale Fell race since its
inception in 1974 and this year was no exception. One incident to report. A
participant in the event was suffering from suspected heat exhaustion on the
climb up from Honister Pass to the summit at Dalehead. He was treated and
escorted by the Team back down to meet the NWAS Ambulance that had been called
by our Control at Rosthwaite. Seven Team members involved. (10.5 rescue Person
41. Thursday 2nd August. Spot Pick-Up.
16:53 Hrs. Ellel near Lancaster.
Male 60-year old fallen with knee injury in woods whilst undertaking an archery
activity near Higher Knowe Hill at Ellel. Team was stood down as the first Team
members arrived as now not being required. His knee had already been strapped
and he was helped the final few metres to the NWAS ambulance by Team members.
Nineteen responding. (21 rescue Person Hours)
40. Friday 27th July. Spot Pick-Up. 17:32
Hrs. Brinscall, West Pennine Moors.
Report from the North West Ambulance Service of a male, aged 52, fallen from his
mountain bike on a bridleway through woods at Brinscall. On arrival at the
scene, the Team found that the mountain biker had a badly twisted / deformed
ankle and could not bear weight on it. The ankle was splinted and the casualty
made comfortable. He was carried some 150m on a stretcher to one of our 4 x 4
Land Rover Ambulances and then driven a further 1.5 Km to meet the NWAS
ambulance at the road head. Thirteen Team members involved in this incident. (45
Rescue Person Hours)
39. Wednesday 25th July. Search. 17:37 Hrs.
Request from Lancashire Constabulary to assist with a search for a missing
person in the Skelmersdale area. Reported missing at 07.40 Hrs this morning.
Stood down responding with twenty-six Team members mobile when the good news was
received that missing person had been found and was safe. (45 Rescue Person
38. Wednesday 18th July. Spot Pick-Up.
14:18 Hrs. Anglezarke Quarry, West Pennine Moors.
Just as Incident 37 was concluding, the Team was informed of a female, aged 16
with lower leg injury at Anglezarke Quarry. Due our involvement in the previous
Incident and this location being in to the south of our call out area, it was
decided to call Bolton MRT as well to assist. After treatment both Teams
carrying the girl out of the quarry on a stretcher to the NWAS ambulance. Ten
Team members, some from the previous incident, attending. (20 Rescue Person
37. Wednesday 18th July. Spot Pick-Up.
12:27 Hrs. Hurst Green near Clitheroe.
68-year-old female fallen off a stile reported with a back injury. Located on a
path beside the River Ribble near to the Shireburn Arms. Team carried her on a
mountain rescue stretcher to the waiting North West Air Ambulance that had also
been called to this incident by the North West Ambulance Service. Nine Team
members involved with two of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. (18 Rescue Person
36. Tuesday 10th July. Body Recovery. 16:19
Hrs. Ormskirk, West Lancashire.
Just as Incident 35 was concluding Lancashire Police requested the Team to
undertake the sad task of recovering the body of a female from woods near
Ormskirk. Our thoughts to all members of the female’s family and friends. Eleven
Team members undertaking this difficult task. (35 Rescue Person Hours)
35. Tuesday 10th July. Search. 09:08 Hrs.
Weeton Area, Fylde.
Twelve Team members attending the ongoing search for the missing vulnerable male
in the Weeton Barracks area. Extensive searches of woods, farmland and open
ground undertaken outside the Weeton Barracks Camp but nothing found. (81 Rescue
Post Script. Sadly the body on the
missing male as located within Weeton Barracks a few days later. Our thoughts
and sympathies are with the soldier’s family.
S12. Sunday 8th July. Standby Search. 17:21
Hrs. Weeton Area, Fylde.
Planning / Standby for further Search at Weeton for missing high risk,
vulnerable, male. Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader liaising with Police Search
Advisors. Team on Standby. (8.5 Rescue Person Hours Hours)
34. Sunday 8th July. Spot Pick-Up. 14:30
Hrs. Dunsop Bridge, Bowland.
Team responded to an injured 40-year-old male near Dunsop Bridge. Reported with
a broken leg and in the river. Team carried the injured person to the North West
Air Ambulance, which had also been called to this incident. Eleven persons
attending with two of our land Rover Ambulances. (27.5 Rescue Person Hours)
33. Saturday 7th July. Spot Pick-Up. 10:52
Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Team responded at the request of the North West Ambulance Service to a 40 year
old male mountain biker fallen off his bike, not alert, and with wrist injuries.
This was in the area of Sheep Hill on the mountain bike trails. Team stood down
responding when it was confirmed that the injured person had been able to make
his own way to The Hub and the waiting NWAS paramedics. Eleven persons
responding with two Land Rover Ambulances mobile when the Stand Down came. (11
Rescue Person Hours)
32. Thursday 5th July. Search. 13:02 Hrs.
Weeton Area, Fylde.
Request from Lancashire Police to assist in the search for a missing,
vulnerable, male in the Weeton area. Request was for a scent specific trailing
dog team. Dog and handler from Cheshire Lowland Search & Rescue Team with one of
our Team members attending in support and to act as navigator. Other Team
members available should they be required. Stood down at 17:00 Hrs with the
missing person still outstanding. (10 Rescue Person Hours)
31. Thursday 5th July. Major Incident.
08:00 Hrs. Wildfires, Winter Hill.
One Land Rover sent to Winter Hill again operating with a three person crew in
two shifts. Duties slightly changed this time. In addition to providing safety
cover for the Firefighters the Team provided lookouts for "flare up’s" and
mapping the location of these to Fire Incident Control so the United Utilities
helicopter, with its water bucket, could target. The Team again stood down at
22:00 Hrs with all vehicles and persons back in our call out area by 23:30 hrs.
Six Persons involved in this deployment. (40.5 Rescue Person Hours)
S11. Wednesday 4th July. Major Incident.
19:45 Hrs. Request for Availability. Winter Hill.
Further request to support Bolton MRT and the Fire Service with the ongoing
wildfire incident on Winter Hill. Team requested for availability and plans made
to attend the following day. (1 Rescue Person Hours)
30. Monday 2nd July. Major Incident. 06:00
Hrs. Wildfires, Winter Hill.
Team sent one Landrover, stripped down to basic rescue kit to provide more space
in the back, to support the Fire Services. This was crewed by three shifts of
three Team members eventually standing down at 22:00 Hrs. Duties included
delivery of food & water, transporting and first aid cover to the firefighters
plus advising members of the public of safety issues and checking out potential
"flare ups" or new fires. Persons were spotted back on Healy Nab potentially
setting new fires. Twelve persons involved with one Landrover and minibus
providing transport for shift changeovers. (93 Rescue Person Hours)
S10. Sunday 1st July. Major Incident 22:15
Hrs. Request for Availability. Winter Hill.
Team contacted by Bolton MRT requesting support the following day on the moors
of Winter Hill where a wildfire had been burning for some days. BMRT had been
providing support to the Fire & Rescue Services. Team paged to Standby and
preparations made for the following day. (2 Rescue Person Hours)
S9. Sunday 1st July. Standby Search. 13:32
Hrs. River Ribble, Penwortham near Preston.
Trailing Dog requested to assist with search for a High Risk Missing Person. 2 x
dog units attending from Bolton MRT and Cheshire Lowland SAR Team. Team
available to provide support if required. (5 Rescue Person Hours)
29. Thursday 28th June. Local Incident.
19:59 Hrs. Wildfire. Healey Nab near Chorley.
Team contacted by Bolton MRT. They were in the initial stages of responding to a
wildfire on Winter Hill and had spotted smoke on Healy Nab. One Team member who
lives close by sent to investigate. A small fire was discovered. The Lancashire
Fire & Rescue Service was called by the Team member and they quickly put it out.
Which was just as well as the fire on Winter Hill lasted over 40 days before it
was officially declared as out. (2.5 Rescue Person Hours)
28. Tuesday 26th June. Spot Pick-Up. 18:14
Hrs. Bilsborrow near Garstang.
Report from the North West Ambulance Services of a 12-year-old male fallen from
a tree into a river. Possible lower leg and dislocated arm injuries. Difficult
extraction. North West Air Ambulance also responding to this incident. Fifteen
Team members attending to this incident carrying the youngster to the Air
Ambulance for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. (22.5 Rescue
27. Wednesday 18th June. Spot Pick-Up.
22:32 Hrs. Birk Bank, North Bowland Fells.
Team contacted by Lancashire Police with a runner benighted on Clough Pike on
the north Bowland Fells. Not injured but in fading light, no torch and unable to
progress. SARLOC was used to determine his exact position, which was near Birk
Bank / Windy Clough. Four Team members who live in the Lancaster area were
immediately sent to locate the missing person. Six other team members with one
of our Landrover Ambulances from our Garstang Vehicle Base providing backup and
support at the car park on Rigg Lane. Other Team members on standby at home
should they be required. The person was located and walked off the fell by Team
members to safety. Thirteen Team members attending or available for this
Incident. (41 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. We do not usually comment
on the whys and wherefores of the people we assist but a gentle reminder to all
to pop that head torch in your fell bag, take a map, whistle, some food and tell
someone where you are going before you set off.
26. Friday 15th June. Search. 23:56 Hrs.
Winter Hill, West Pennine Moors.
Team Incident Controllers received a request from Lancashire Police to assist in
the search for a vulnerable male. Missing for some hours with his car located on
the Rivington / Belmont Road. On contacting the Police Search Advisor (POLSA),
it was a clear that the main area of interest was in Bolton MRTs area and the
call was passed to them. However, almost immediately we received a request from
BMRT to join the search. Searches of the moors between Rivington Barn, Noon
Hill, Hordern Stoops, Higher Hempshaws and the Moors up to the TV masts on
Winter Hill being undertake. Teams assisted by Search Dog Teams and handlers
from SARDA (Wales) and SARDA (England). Just before first light, a request was
made for a Coastguard Helicopter to join the search. As the S92 helicopter from
Caernarvon arrived, the Police informed us that the missing person’s phone had
become active indicating a new search area in the Darwen Tower area. The
helicopter was duly tasked to that area. This was followed by a report of a
sighting of the missing person who was soon located, cold but safe, near the
Tockholes Visitor Centre by Team members. Teams stood down just after 09:00 Hrs.
Eight Team members attending this incident with two of our 4 x4 Landrover
Ambulances. (72.5 Rescue Person Hours)
25. Friday 1st June. Spot
Pick-Up. 13:36 Hrs. Higher Hempshaw’s, Anglezarke Moor.
Bolton MRT received a report from NWAS of a female mountain biker fallen with a
lower leg or ankle injury. Bolton MRT Team Leader was able to use “PhoneFind” to
locate the casualty. This indicated incident was within our area about 500m
North West of Horden Stoops. Bolton Team Leader contacting our Team Incident
Controllers and both Teams responding. The casualty was treated and carried
about 200m to the North West Air Ambulance, Helimed 75 that had also been
called. Eighteen Team members responding. (36 Rescue Person Hours)
24. Sunday 27th May. Spot Pick-Up. 16:00 Hrs. Steam Fair, Chipping.
Whilst attending a Team display at Chipping Steam Fair a
Team member assisted with a 74-year-old male with various medical conditions who
had collapsed. Team stretcher used to carry casualty across show ground to NWAS
Land Ambulance. (1 Rescue Person Hours)
23. Wednesday 23rd May. Spot Pick-Up. 20:27 Hrs, Harrop Hill, Parbold.
Team received a request from the North West Ambulance
Service to assist with a 67-year-old male runner who had collapsed with chest
pains at Harrop Hill near Parbold. As the majority of Team was attending our
regular Wednesday evening training session at Garstang we were able to
immediately deploy sixteen persons in three vehicles. On arrival, it was
determined that the male was deceased. The body was recovered to the road head
by the Team. Overall thirty Team members available for this incident. Bolton MRT
also deploying two vehicles and a NWAS HART Team also responding. Our
condolences are extended to the man’s family and friends at this time. (99
Rescue Person Hours)
22. Wednesday 16th May. Spot Pick-Up. 16:09 Hrs. Anglezarke Quarry near Chorley.
A 29-year-old male rock climber fallen at Angelzarke
Quarry, NWAS paramedics already on scene with the North West Air Ambulance also
responding. Team requested to assist with access and the extraction of the
casualty. Suspected head, shoulder and wrist injuries. The casualty was carried
out of the quarry bottom to a Land Ambulance and then transferred to the
helicopter by the Team. Twenty Team members responding to this incident. (44
Rescue Person Hours)
21. Sunday 13th May. Search. 15:07 Hrs. Parlick Pike near Chipping.
Continuation of Incidents 19 & S7 below. Team contacted by
Lancashire Police concerning the continuing investigation into the missing
female. New information had been received indicating that the missing person may
be in the area of Parlick to the north of Chipping. It was decided to mount an
immediate search to save as much daylight as possible. Fell search parties were
sent to the east and west slopes of the hill concentrating on areas that members
of the public may not have visited. Parlick being a very popular fell walking
area. Police helicopter also assisting. Sadly, at about 19:15 Hrs the body of
the missing persons was located by the Team. After assisting Police Officers to
carry out their duties at the scene the body of the missing person was recovered
by the Team to the road head. Twenty three Team members attending. The Team
sends its thoughts and sympathies to the family and friends of the missing
person at this very sad time. (181 Rescue Person Hours)
20. Saturday 12th May. Spot Pick-Up. 17:14 Hrs. Duxbury near Chorley.
The North West Ambulance Service had received report of a
74-year-old male having fallen down a very steep embankment above the River
Yarrow sustaining a head injury. First Team members on scene were able to easily
access the casualty who was walked to a Team vehicle, which was then used to
transport him to hospital. Twenty three Team members responding with two of our
Land Rover ambulance with one Landrover from Bolton MRT also attending. (46
Rescue Person Hours)
19. Saturday 5th May. Search. 09:00 Hrs. Cow Hill near Preston.
Following the previous days request from Lancashire Police
to search for the missing female a number of priority areas were identified. It
was decide to run the search from our Vehicle Base at Garstang where incident
Control was set up. Sixteen Team members arriving at our Base at 09:00 hrs for
briefing and deployment. Police helicopter from the National Police Air Service
assisting. The helicopter searches the open areas of fields quickly allowing the
Team to concentrate on the field margins and woods. Team stood down at 14:00 Hrs
with all identified tasks completed but nothing found. (128 Rescue Person Hours)
S7. Friday 4th May. Standby Search. 15:10 Hrs. Cow Hill
near Preston. Request to search an area to the east of the M6 Motorway in
Preston. Lancashire Police had been looking for a vulnerable female for some
weeks and information had been received that this area may be of significance.
Decision made to search the area the following day.
S6. Thursday 3rd May. Standby Search 16:30 Hrs. River Wyre, Fylde.
Team Leader provided advice to Lancashire Police
concerning a vulnerable male who had indicated that he may self-harm. However,
the missing person was located, safe and the Team was not required. (0.25 Rescue
18. Sunday 22nd April. Spot Pick-up. 10:41 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
A 35-year-old male had fallen from his mountain bike in
Dob Dale Beck at the bottom of Hully Gully / Long Way Down on the Gisburn Forest
Mountain Bike Trails. Possible dislocated hip / broken femur. On arrival, the
Team immediately requested an Air Ambulance due to the nature of injuries and
difficult extraction. The Air Ambulance, Helimed 72, duly arrived and the
casualty was quickly packaged on board by the Team for the onward journey to the
Royal Preston Hospital. Twenty Team members attending with all three of our
front line Land Rover ambulances. (86 Rescue Person Hours)
S5. Saturday 21st April. Standby Search / Advice. 14:00 Hrs Coppull near
Chorley. Whilst the Team was undertaking helicopter
training at Gisburn Forest a request was made by Lancashire Police for a
trailing search dog to assist with a search at Coppull near Chorley. Police
placed in contact with a search dog handler from Bolton MRT.
17. Thursday 19th April. Spot Pick-Up. 15:41 Hrs. Cross of Greet, Bowland.
On a very hot day for the time of year the Team responded
to a request from the North West Ambulance Service to attend a cyclist with
breathing difficulties. Cyclist coming into Lancashire up the steep hill from
Yorkshire. North West Air Ambulance and Community First Responders also
attending. Team stood down with fourteen Team members responding and all three
of our front line Landrover Ambulances mobile when informed not required.
Unfortunately, the 69-year-old gentleman had passed away. This incident in the
same area as Incidents 5 & 15 of earlier this year. The Team extends its
condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman at this very sad time.
(14 Rescue Person Hours)
16. Tuesday 10th April. Search. 23:38 Hrs. Ribchester Area.
Request from Lancashire Police to assist with the
developing search for a boy, aged 14, reported missing from a local residential
care home. As the Team was assembling and the first search party had just been
deployed the youngster returned to the home off his own accord, safe. Lancashire
Fire & Rescue Service also attending and deploying their drone. Also responding
two trailing search dogs from SARDA(Wales). These dogs and handlers from Bolton
MRT and Cheshire Lowland Search and Rescue Team. Eighteen of our Team attending
with two Land Rovers, minibus and Incident Control Unit. (50 Rescue Person
15. Monday 2nd April.
Spot Pick-Up. 12:33 Hrs. Cross of Greet, Bowland.
Team requested by Lancashire Police to investigate a report of four persons and
a dog trapped in their car, in deep snow, in the Slaidburn area. No injuries
reported. Team members, who were resident at our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the
Trough of Bowland for the Easter Weekend were immediately sent to investigate in
one of our Landrover Ambulances. A SARLoc request was sent to the stuck persons.
This was successfully indicating their position on our mapping systems. They
were just outside our area in almost the same position as incident 5 below. A
second Landrover was placed on standby at our Vehicle & Training Base in
Garstang. On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a second vehicle was
also stranded. Both vehicles were soon freed up and sent on their way towards
Yorkshire. Ten Team members involved in this incident (22 Rescue Person Hours)
14. Sunday 1st April. Spot Pick-Up. 14:48
Hrs. Windy Harbour Caravan Park, Poulton-le-Fylde. Team requested by
Lancashire Ambulance service to assist with a 14-year-old male who had fallen
and broken an ankle in a very muddy field. Request for Team to extract casualty
to Ambulance. Task duly completed. Fourteen Team members involved with two of
our Land Rover Ambulances. (35 Rescue Person Hours)