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2018 Incidents, Call Outs and Other
are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales
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
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
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
Rossendale & Pendle MRT
Holme Valley MRT
Upper Wharfedale FRA
Scarborough & Rydale 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
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)
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
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)
September. Fell Safety Cover. 56th Three Peaks Cyclo Cross, Yorkshire
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/
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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)
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.
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)