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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
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
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
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
Duddon & Furness MRT
Kirkby Stephen MRT
Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs (LDMRSD)
Search & Rescue Dog Association - SARDA(England)
Langdale Ambleside 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
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)