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 2018 Incidents, Call Outs and Other Events

Numbered Incidents are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales

2018

67. Saturday 1st December. Spot Pick-Up. 20:48 Hrs. Standish near Wigan. Request received from Bolton MRT to assist with the extraction of an elderly lady suffering from hypothermia in fields near Adlington Reservoir. Five Team members responding. A NWAS HART Team also attending. Task duly completed. Earlier the lady had been located by an NPAS (National Police Air Service) helicopter. (14 rescue Person Hours)

66. Friday 30th November. Spot Pick-Up, 12:05 Hrs. Beacon Fell near Garstang. Request from the North West Ambulance Service to assist an 11-year-old male who had fallen on to rocks and sustained a stomach injury. Team stood down responding with thirteen Team members on route as the casualty had been able to be recovered by the Air Ambulance that had also attended. (64 Rescue Person Hours)

S17. Saturday 17th November. Search. 15:16 Hrs. Whitmore Fell, Bowland. Request from Lancashire Police to search for two lost walkers on the Bowland Fells. As our Team Leader was liaising with the Police Force Incident Manager to obtain further details and arrange an RV the news came that a Police Helicopter had located the missing person and was able to guide them down to a Police vehicle. (2.5 Rescue Person Hours)

65. Saturday 17th November. Spot Pick-Up. 11:18 Hrs. Pendle Hill. Request to assist a fell runner with a puncture wound to his foot on Pendle Hill. Incident in Rossendale & Pendle Teams area and they were immediately alerted. One of our Controllers initiated a SARloc which pin pointed the casualties location on Pendle Hill. We also deployed a Landrover with four Team members that were undertaking a publicity film shoot with our radio suppliers. Both teams standing down on route when it was confirmed that the Air Ambulance had been able to land and extract the casualty to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. (79 Rescue Person Hour)

64. Tuesday 13th November. Search. 08:41 Hrs. Hurst Green near Clitheroe. Team requested to attend at Hurst Green to assist with the continuing search for the missing female (S16 below). However, the Team stood down with eighteen Team members responding when information was received that the missing person had be located by Police Officers, deceased. The Team extends our thoughts and sympathies to the missing persons family and friends at the very sad time. (12 Rescue Person Hour)

S16. Tuesday 13th November. Standby Search. 00:46 Hrs. Hurst Green near Clitheroe. Team Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police in the early hours requesting a Trailing Dog Team to assist in the search for a missing female in the Hurst Green area. However, one was not available and advice given to the police on a number of priority areas to search. Team not deploying at this stage. (1 Rescue Person Hour)

63. Tuesday 6th November. Search. 05:29 Hrs. Haworth, West Yorkshire. An early morning request from Calder Valley SRT to assist with the search for a 70-year-old male missing on the moors overnight. Extensive MR resources used overnight and additional assets being requested. Seven Team members meeting at our Garstang Vehicle & Training Base for an 08:00 Hrs departure to Yorkshire. Team allocated a large area of moorland to search. Search stood down just after midday when the good news came that the gentleman had been located, safe, by a Coastguard S92 helicopter that had also been called to assist. Great result. The following Mountain Rescue Teams involved (79 Rescue Person Hour)

Calder Valley SRT
Bowland Pennine MRT
Bolton MRT
Rossendale & Pendle MRT
Holme Valley MRT
Upper Wharfedale FRA
Scarborough & Rydale MRT
Oldham MRT
Woodhead MRT
Swaledale MRT
and search dogs from SARDA (England) & Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs

S15. Friday 2nd November. Standby Search. 22:06 Hrs. Turton, Bolton. Whilst the Team was on a training weekend at our Smelt Mill Cottages HQ we were contacted by Lancashire Police with a request to assist in a search for a missing person in Turton. Initial request was for a search dog Team. The job was passed to Bolton MRT as this is their operational area. (0.75 Rescue Person Hour)

62. Wednesday 31st October. Spot Pick-Up. 13:24 Hrs. Pendle Hill. Team requested to assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT with a male reported to have fallen 15 metres down a water course sustaining a head injury. Out as part of a walking group who had bandaged his head and placed him in a shelter. After two hours the group decided he was getting cold, due to wet clothing, and started to walk him off the hill. He was met by members of both Teams and Paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service. Once he had been assessed it was decided to continue to walk him down to a Team Landrover and then on to the Ambulance at the road head. 15 Team members attending or providing support on this Incident. (62.5 Rescue Person Hours)

S14. Thursday 18th October. Search. 22:18 Hrs. Skelmersdale. Lancashire Police requested assistance with the developing search for a missing 83-year-old male. Reported suffering with Dementia in the Skelmersdale Area. Request was for a Trailing Search Dog Team. Dog handler from Cheshire Lowland Search & Rescue Team contacted. As he was making contact with the Police we were informed that the missing Person had turned up, safe. Three Team Incident Controllers involved. (1 Rescue Person Hour)

61. Sunday 14th October. Search / Spot-Pick Up. 23:23 Hrs. Hareden Fell, Bowland. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police. Report of two persons, one with lower leg and chest injuries. Location given as near the water treatment works at Langden. Full Team immediately requested to report to our Smelt Mill Headquarters, a few hundred metres down the road from Langden Intake. A further message was then received from the Police. The persons in Langden had been met by a Police Officer and were not the casualties but the informants and the incident had taken place some 4 hours earlier. What was a straight forward incident just got a lot harder. Team members then arrived and were able to determine the position of the casualties from the informants. This turned out to be near David’s Tomb on top of Hareden Fell and we could gain access within 650m of the position given by Land Rover. Five persons immediately dispatched to Hareden. Incident Control set up at Smelt Mill. A second search team was sent into the Langden Valley just in case the missing persons had tried to walk off. Police requested to make a helicopter available. The casualty was located at 01:00 hrs and treated for an ankle injury with both persons feeling the effect of being cold. Police helicopter was not available and with a Coastguard helicopter over an hour away the casualty was stretchered to the Land Rover then driven to the road head at Hareden. Casualty handed over to NWAS at 03:30 Hrs for the onward journey to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Seventeen Team members (90 Rescue Person Hours)

60. Sunday 14th October. Search. 10:08 Hrs. Mawdsley, West Lancashire. Lancashire Police requesting use of a dog team to search water where a male, wanted in connection with a serious crime, was thought to have drowned. Team gave advice to the Police and a Drowned Victim Search Dog (DVSD) was deployed but nothing was found. Two Team members co-ordinating with the rest of Team on standby (8 Rescue Person Hours)

Postscript: we understand that a body was located some days later.

59. Thursday 11th October. Search. 19:27 Hrs. Mellor Knoll near Dunsop Bridge, Bowland. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police with a report of a 77-year-old male, fatigued and unable to continue, and a friend on the hills in an area called "Bowland near Dunsop Bridge". Various grid references given with the initial location thought to be near Sykes Farm. Team requested to RV at our Smelt Mill Headquarters. Whilst traveling to Smelt Mill first Incident Controller on scene came across various Police Officers with blue lights on vehicles and a report that the missing persons could see the lights. This moved the Incident to the east side of Mellor Knoll and the RV location was moved do Higher Barn. First three Team members locating the casualties at 21:02 Hrs. With the casualties condition deteriorating and the onset of hypothermia it was decide to request a Coastguard helicopter to complete the evacuation. The casualties friend was walked off the hill by two Team members. At 22:06 Hrs, and now with enough personnel on scene it was decided to commence the stretcher carry off towards New Hey Farm. At 22:25 Hrs it was confirmed that Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 from Caernarvon would be on scene at 23:18 hrs. It duly arrived and the casualty was winched on board and then transported to the Blackpool Victoria Hospital. 20 Team members responding. (118 Rescue Person Hours)

58. Sunday 7th October. Spot Pick-Up / RTC. 18:15 Hrs. Penwortham. Whilst returning from the Smelt Mill training weekend a Team vehicle was flagged down as it approached a Road Traffic Collision involving a cyclist and a car. Not a good mix. The cyclist had clipped the back of the car which had continued on its way. The casualty, a 67-year-old male, had fallen from the bike and landed on his right side. Lacerations to his right face, eye, lower right arm and high levels of pain in the right hip. Casualty moved from middle of the road to a footpath and placed on a roll mat. Casualty treated and dressings applied to the eye injury then kept warm until the Police arrived at 19:00 Hrs and a NWAS ambulance at 19.45 Hrs. One Team member involved. (1.5 Rescue Person Hours) Thanks to local residents who also assisted.

57. Sunday 7th October. Search. 16:15 Hrs. Gait Barrows Nature Reserve, Silverdale, North Lancashire. Just as we had completed Incident 56 and had returned to Smelt Mill to finish cleaning the building we were contacted by Lancashire Police with a request for an urgent search in the Silverdale area. An elderly female, who suffers from blackouts, had become separated from her husband on the nature reserve. Team brought to standby with all vehicles and Team members immediately returning to our Garstang Vehicle Base to pick up our Control Vehicle and move to Silverdale. However, we were stood down at 16:45 Hrs as the lady had been located, safe. Kendal MSRT also placed on standby to assist. 26 Team members responding. (45.5 Rescue Person Hours)

56. Sunday 7th October. Spot Pick-Up. 13:29 Hrs. Longridge Fell. Whilst still at our Smelt Mill Headquarters and just finishing off our training weekend we were again contacted by the North West Ambulance Service. This time with a report of a male, aged 52, collapsed at the trig point on Longridge Fell. Reported with a head injury following a fall. Three Land Rovers immediately sent from Smelt Mill to Longridge Fell. Team members accessing the fell with basic kit from Jeffrey Hill with the Land Rovers going to the south of the fell to access via the forest tracks. The casualty was located at the trig point. He was a diabetic and had become dizzy hitting his head on the trig point as he fell over. The casualty was treated and recovered sufficiently to be walked off to a Team Land Rover, which then transported him down to the ambulance at the road head. 24 Team members attending or providing support on this Incident. (55 Rescue Person Hours)

For information. A little known fact is that Longridge Fell is the most southerly fell in England.

55. Saturday 6th October. Spot Pick-Up. 15:56 Hrs. Roach Bridge near Samlesbury. Team called by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a 16-year-old male who had slipped whilst fishing at Fleetwood Hall, Roach Bridge and dislocated he knee. Casualty experiencing severe pain with a difficult carry off though woods. As the Team was at our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland on a training weekend we were able to make an immediate response. Casualty was treated and carried some 500m to the waiting land ambulance. 27 Team members involved with this Incident with all four of our 4 x 4 Land Rover Ambulances. (42 Rescue Person Hours)

54. Wednesday 3rd October. Spot Pick-Up. 17:11 Hrs. Nicky Nook near Garstang. Team contacted by Lancashire Police. They had a report of a female stuck in a gully. She had gone to search for her dog, had got stuck in the gully and couldn’t get out. Deputy Team Leader was able to speak with the partner of the casualty who was able to use a tree branch to assist her to get out of the gully. Team stood down with two Team members heading direct to Nicky Nook and another going to ready a vehicle. Female contacted at 19:00 Hrs and was able to confirm that they had found the missing dog and were safely off the hill before dark. (4 Rescue Person Hours)

Sunday 24th September. Fell Safety Cover. 56th Three Peaks Cyclo Cross, Yorkshire Dales. The Team once again provided Fell Safety Cover for the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross. Four hill incidents to report below. Three incidents relating to participants in the event and one other incident. Each year we also deal with a number of participants who require First Aid at the roadside checkpoints and the finish. We don’t usually report these but see below for the list of the main injuries dealt with. A typical year.

i) Male, age 35, hand / thumb injury

ii) Male, age 56, shoulder injury, lacerations. Sent to hospital

iii) Male, age 18, left hip injury

iv) Male, age 43, lower leg gash

v) Male, age 47, left eye injury, split brow / lids haematoma, sent to hospital

vi) Male, age 56, left knee injury/ cut

plus lots of minor cuts and wounds cleaned and plasters issued.

53. Sunday 30th September. Spot Pick-Up. 12:50 Hrs. Whernside, North Yorkshire. Team members were approached by a fell walker, not connected with the Cyclo event, complaining of a leg injury and in some pain. Treated by the Team then transported back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale with her companions to make their own arrangements to attend hospital.

52. Sunday 30th September. Spot Pick-Up. 12:30 Hrs. Whernside, North Yorkshire. Team members received a report of a participant with a deeply cut / lacerated knee on the decent from Whernside. The casualty was located, treated and evacuated to Ribblehead where he was also transported to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

51. Sunday 30th September. Spot Pick-Up. 11:05 Hrs. Ingleborough, North Yorkshire. Team members, in position at Cold Cotes, were dispatched to assist with Incident 50. After a few hundred metres up the hill they came across a race participant with a shoulder injury and started to treat and assist him off the hill. It was soon realised that this was not the casualty from Incident 50 but another participant who had also been injured. He was assisted to Cold Cotes where he was met by family members who transported him to hospital.

50. Sunday 30th September. Spot Pick-Up. 11:00 Hrs. Ingleborough, North Yorkshire. Whilst descending Ingleborough to Cold Cotes a participant in the annual Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross event sustained a collar bone injury. Treated by the Team and walked down to Cold Cotes. Sent to Lancaster Royal Infirmary with the event ambulance. (10.5 Rescue Person Hours)

49. Sunday 23rd September. Spot Pick-Up. 18:13 Hrs. Cockerham near Lancaster. Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service to assist one of their crews at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Cockerham. A 50-year-old male had made a "hard landing" injuring his back. Team requested to assist with evacuation over uneven ground. However the Team was stood down very quickly at 18:23 Hrs with fourteen Team members responding when the news was received that the ambulance crew had been able to extract the casualty. (7 Rescue Person Hours)

48. Saturday 15th September. Spot Pick Up Gisburn Forest, Bowland. 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 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 Hours)

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 Hours)

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. Skelmersdale. 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 Hours)

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 Hours)

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 Hours)

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 Person Hours)

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 Person Hours)

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 person Hours)

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 Hours)

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)

Post Script. After many, many years of using pagers (as well as SMS texting) to alert Team members this incident was the last time we used pagers. We are now reliant on SMS texting only to alert Team members of incidents.

13. Sunday 25th March. Spot Pick-Up. 14:00 Hrs. Whitendale, Bowland. A 63-year-old female, fallen, with leg reported as "bent out of shape" on the fell in the Whitendale Valley. Helimed attending from the North West Air Ambulance. First Team members on scene arrived to see the Air Ambulance fly over and away – it had been called to a higher priority tasking (a heart attack, which our colleagues at Bolton MRT attended). This left the Team to treat the injured person who had an obvious broken leg, The Team carried her down to the valley on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher. Casualty was then handed over to an Ambulance paramedic crew on its arrival. All three our our front line Land Rovers in attendance with seventeen Team members involved. (55 Rescue Person Hours)

12. Saturday 24th March. Spot Pick-up. 13:53 Hrs. White Coppice near Chorley. A 47-year-old male had fallen from a wall into the Quarry at White Coppice near Chorley sustaining a head and, possibly, back injuries. The North West Ambulance Service requesting help with the extraction. Team able to get a 4 x 4 Land Rover Ambulance close to the casualty who was lifted out of the quarry on a mountain rescue stretcher. He was then transported in the Landrover down to the Cricket Club at White Coppice and the waiting Land Ambulance. Eighteen Team members in attendance. (56 Rescue Person Hours)

11. Tuesday 20th March. Search. 20:06 Hrs. Lancaster. Team requested to search the Lancaster Canal south from Lancaster. A 60-year-old female had been reported missing from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Last seen at about 17:00 Hrs. Various possible sightings along the canal. The intention was to initially search from the city centre along the towpath and the ground between the canal and the A588 as far as Galgate. With secondary tasks to the north along the canal, the Lune Valley Ramble and to Glasson Dock. The missing woman was described as a strong walker. Twenty-two team members indicating they were available for the search. However as the Team was heading to an RV at Lancaster Golf Club the good news was received that the missing person had been located, safe, near Junction 34 of the M6 and was returned to hospital. (35 Rescue Person Hours)

10. Sunday 18th March. Spot Pick-up. 12:28 Hrs. Coastal Path, Arnside, Cumbria. The North West Ambulance reported a 70-year-old female fallen from the coastal path near Arnside and unconscious. Coastguard SAR Team from Knott-End, Morecambe RNLI and three helicopters responding (Great North Air Ambulance, North West Air Ambulance and an MCA S92). The casualty was "hot loaded" (rotors still running) onto the Great North Air Ambulance by a joint Team from ourselves and the Coastguard for the onward flight to the Royal Preston Hospital. Fifteen Team members attending (49.5 rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. Sadly, we were informed that the casualty passed away. The Team extends our thoughts and sympathies to family and friends of the casualty as this sad and difficult time.

9. Saturday 17th March. Spot Pick-up. 14:23 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Report from Gisburn Forest of a male mountain biker in a high speed collision with a tree at Gisburn Mountain Bike Trails. Significant injuries. MRT requested for urgent extraction. North West Air Ambulance attending and ambulance crew already on scene. Team stood down at 15:02 Hrs on route as Ambulance staff at the scene had been able to load the casualty onto the helicopter which was on route to the Royal Preston Hospital. Seven Team members mobile to this incident with two of our Land Rover Ambulances when the stand down came. This incident occurred on the "Hope Line". (20 Rescue Person Hours)

S4. Thursday 1st March. Bad Weather Cover. Patient Transport. Due to the bad weather and snow Team requested via the North West Ambulance Service to see if we could transport patients from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary back to Sedbergh, Cumbria. This task was passed to our colleagues from Kendal MSRT as the final destination was in their area. See Incident 64/2015 for a similar incident where we transported patients back into North Lancashire from Cumbria in our minibus.

8. Thursday 1st March. Bad Weather Cover. 09:38 Hrs. All Lancashire. "The Beast from the East" as the media called it. At the request of the North West Ambulance service the was Team placed on standby with snow and bad weather expected throughout the region. 29 Team members responding to the request for availability. Two land Rover Ambulance readied and crewed. One incident attended in Goosnargh but this had already been dealt with by an Ambulance crew already on scene. With the weather not as severe as expected in this part of the county the Team stood down at 17:00 Hrs. with shifts arranged through the night if required. (215 Estimated Rescue Person Hours including those on standby)

S3. Sunday 18th February. Search. 22:40 Hrs. Leyland. Request from Lancashire Police to assist with the search for a high-risk missing female who was giving concern for her safety in the Leyland area. Team Leader, on contacting the Force Incident Manager, was informed that the missing person had just been located, safe, and we could stand down.

7. Sunday 18th February. Spot Pick-up / RTC. 14:25 Hrs. Brimicroft Farm, A675 near Junction 3 M65. A motorbike had left the road on the A675 near Junction 3 of the M65. The North West Ambulance Service reported a seriously injured motorcyclist had been thrown across a thick hedge and was in a field but some distance from the Land Ambulance. The Team again stood down on arrival as the casualty had been transferred to the North West Air Ambulance that had also responded. Sixteen Team members either on scene or responding when the stand down came. (24 Rescue Person Hours)

6. Wednesday 7th February. Spot Pick-up. 17:16 Hrs. Bolton-by-Bowland near Clitheroe. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team attend to a female, fallen from her horse near a farm at Bolton-by-Bowland. Reported only a short distance from the Land Ambulance but in a difficult location with serious injuries to head, neck and arm. The Team stood down on arrival at the scene when it was determined that the NWAS crew had been able to deal with the incident. Sixteen Team members responding with all three of our front line Land Rover Ambulances. (27 Rescue Person Hours)

5. Wednesday 17th January. Spot Pick-up. 22:37 Hrs. Cross of Greet. Bowland. Team received a report from Lancashire Police of a number of persons stuck in their car, in snow, on the road between Slaidburn and High Bentham. A SARLoc message was sent to them and this indicated they were just past the Cross of Greet towards High Bentham. As this is within the operating area of the Cave Rescue Organisation the incident was immediately passed to them. The CRO were able to recover the occupants in one of their 4 x 4 vehicles leaving the car to be picked up later (1 Rescue Person Hour)

S2. Tuesday 16th January. Standby Search. 19:00 Hrs. Avenham Park, Preston. A further request to assist with the search incident at Avenham Park, Preston from the previous day. With no additional information available and no new search areas identified it was decided that the Team should not deploy. Extensive searches by local people and appeals on social media continued over the next weeks.

4. Tuesday 16th January. Search. 09:00 Hrs. Central Fells, Lake District, Cumbria. Nine Team members travelled to the Lake District to assist with the 3rd day of the search for the missing fell walker. Team allocated a search area in Eskdale. Shortly after 10:00 Hrs shouts from the missing person were heard and he was located in boggy ground by a dog handle from SARDA(England) and a member of Wasdale MRT in Upper Eskdale, safe but injured, with broken wrists and hypothermia. The casualty was evacuated by Coastguard helicopter. What a great result! The following Teams involved in the search:

Bowland Pennine MRT
Cockermouth MRT
Coniston MRT
Duddon & Furness MRT
Kendal MRT
Keswick MRT
Kirkby Stephen MRT
Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs (LDMRSD)
Search & Rescue Dog Association - SARDA(England)
Langdale Ambleside MRT
Patterdale MRT
Penrith MRT
Wasdale MRT
RAF Leeming MRT
Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 199 from Prestwick,
Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936 from Caernarfon

Further to the above other Teams from Lancashire, North Yorkshire & the North East provided back fill and cover for Teams deployed on this search. (81 Rescue Person Hours)

Monday 15th January. Standby Search. 12:40 Hrs. Central Fells, Lake District, Cumbria. An extensive search had been underway since late on Sunday 14th January for a 29-year-old male fell walker from Leeds missing around Scafell in the Lake District. During Incident 3 below a request was received from the Lake District to see if we could assist with planned searches the following day. Nine Team members available and preparations made to arrive at 09:00 hrs at the western end of the Hardknott Pass.

3. Monday 15th January. Search. 11:09 Hrs. Avenham Park, Preston. Requested by Lancashire Police to search for a 19-year-old male who had been missing for 36 hours in the Avenham Park area of Preston. Fourteen Team members responding to this Incident. Extensive searches of the park, River Ribble and surrounding area were undertaken but nothing found. (75 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. On the 6th February the body of the missing person was recovered from the River Ribble near Preston Docks by Lancashire Police. The Team extends its condolences to the family of the missing person at this time.

2. Sunday 14th January. Search. 10:26 Hrs. Wheales, West of Preston. (52 Rescue Person Hours) As Incident 1 was getting under way a further request for assistance with the search at Wheals (S1. below) was received from Lancashire Police. A trailing dog from the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs (LDMRSDA was available. With a member of our Team acting as navigator extensive searches were made around the PLS (Place Last Seen) and around the Canal over the next 6 hours. Some indications around the Hand & Dagger Pub but not enough information to call in the Team. Thanks to trailing dog Benny and handler from the Lake District for attending this incident. (6 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. We are lead to believe that the missing person returned home, safe, a few days later.

1. Sunday 14th January. Search. 10:02 Hrs. Heysham Moss, Heysham, North Lancashire. Team received a request for assistance in Heysham with a search for a missing, 42-year-old, vulnerable male. Extensive searches undertaken around Heysham Moss an surrounding farmland by the Team. Police supporting the operation with a search by officers of Heysham Head, a Police Helicopter flying over the area and police from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary from Heysham Nuclear Power Station also helping. 18 Team members responding with four of our rescue vehicles – Incident Control, minibus & 2 x Land rover Ambulance. All Team members and vehicles returned to base and home by 17:00 hrs. (125 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. As the Team was completing identified tasks a report was received that a body had been washed up on the shore at Foulney Island on the other side of Morecambe Bay. Very sadly, we have been informed that this was the missing person. The Team extends our sympathies and condolences to the missing persons family and friends.

S1. Saturday 13th January. Standby Search. 13:43 Hrs. Wheales, West of Preston. Team contacted by Lancashire Police with a request a trailing search dog and to see if we could assist with a search for a vulnerable male, aged 35-year old, reported missing earlier in the day. Search dogs not available but put on Standby for the following day. Only other search task identified at thus time was the towpath along the Lancaster canal towards Preston. This was being covered by a patrol from Lancashire Police. At this time and with no suitable task for MR we did not deploy. 18 Team members declaring their availability with the Team remaining on Standby should further information be received. (See Incident 2. above)









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