Police received a report of a couple stranded in their car in snow and ice on
the Lythe Fell Road at the Cross of Greet. They had been there overnight but
were well equipped for camping so had bedded down. However, come the morning the
road had remained impassable and they had requested assistance. The Team
deployed two Land Rovers to assist. On route we were informed that a second
vehicle had also become stuck and this was followed soon after by a third
vehicle. Team quickly recovered the vehicles and four persons. Two from the
original vehicle and one each from the other vehicles. They were then able to
carry on with their journeys. Eleven Team members responding to this incident.
(55 Rescue Person Hours)
11. Sunday 23rd
February. Spot Pick-Up. 11:57 Hrs. Knot Hill, Leagram, Chipping. Team
requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a 65-year-old
female who had slipped down a grassy bank and sustained a lower leg injury.
Incident in the area of Knott Hill. Team was able to access close to the
casualty with our vehicles. The casualty was treated with pain relief gasses and
the leg splinted. She was then transported down the farm track in one of our
vehicles to the road head and transferred to a Land Ambulance for the onward
journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. Nineteen Team members involved in this
incident with two of our Land Rover ambulances. (58 Rescue Person Hours)
10. Saturday 22nd
February. Spot Pick-Up. 16:44 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Request from the
North West Ambulance Service to assist a male, fallen from his mountain bike,
possibly with a broken collarbone. Incident in the area of the Whelp Stone Crag.
The Team stood down responding when it was determined that the casualty had made
his way to safety and was making his own way to hospital with friends. Thirteen
team members involved with all three of our front line Land Rover ambulances.
(25 Rescue Person hours)
9. Saturday 15th
February. Search. 18:48 Hrs. Salesbury. Rossendale & Pendle MRT were on
a training exercise in the Lake District and the Team, along with Bolton MRT,
had been asked to provide cover for their area. Lancashire Constabulary
contacted the Team with a report of a missing vulnerable male in the Salesbury
area, which is in the RPMRT area of operations. It was decided to undertake a
search of the area with both Bolton Team and ourselves. A large are of paths,
woodlands and farmland plus a churchyard and cemetery searched but nothing
found. Teams stood down just before midnight with the
missing person still outstanding. Twenty one Team members plus fifteen members
of Bolton MRT attending this incident (115 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. The missing person
was located during the next day by British Transport Police on the railway line
that ran through the search areas and taken to hospital.
S3. Friday 14th
February. Standby. Bad Weather Cover. 15:47 Hrs. Storm Dennis.
A second weekend of Red & Amber warnings for wind & rain. The region
once again coming to stand by and declaring assets. Thirty Team members
available should we be required. The stand down from this coming at 21:00 Hrs
during incident 9 above. Teams thoughts with everyone affected by Storms Ciara &
8. Sunday 9th
February. Storm Ciara Cover. 10:30 Hrs. Bacup, East Lancashire.
raised in response to rising water levels with potential to flood homes and
farms. Team deployed by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to the Bacup area
where a number of properties and business had been flooded. Team requested to
evacuate a disabled male, due to existing medical conditions, from his home to a
friend’s house in a safe area. Rossendale and Pendle Team also assisting with
this Incident. Thirteen Team members attending with two Land Rover Ambulances
and Minibus. (85 Rescue Person Hours)
S2. Sunday 9th
February. Standby. Bad Weather Cover. 09:00 Hrs. Storm Ciara.
With the Met.Office declaring Amber warnings for wind & rain across the
country due to the approaching Storm Ciara it was decide to bring the Mid
Pennine Mountain Rescue region to standby and declare assets. Local flooding
within the operational area but especially difficult in the Calder Valley in
Yorkshire. Other Mountain Rescue Regions throughout the country also moving to a
standby / operational status. Thirty six Team members available at some point
over the next 24 hours including nine Swift Water Technicians (SRT’s). Team
down from the Standby at 19:40 hrs. One deployment. See Incident 8 above.
7. Sunday 19th January.
Search. 17:17 Hrs. Clougha, Bowland.
An almost identical incident to Incident 5 below from almost exactly one week
ago. This time Lancashire Police contacting the Team to assist with another
family of hill walkers, three adults & two children, aged seven & nine. They had
also become benighted in the area of Clougha Pike on the north Bowland moors.
First Team members on scene moving towards Clougha Pike from Rigg Lane with Team
Leader liaising with Police Officers at the car park. Team successfully used the
SARLoc facility to locate the party on our mapping systems. Team members were
then able to quickly locate them, give them additional clothing as they were
getting cold and escort them down from the hill. Eighteen Team members available
for this incident with two of our Landrover ambulances. We also deployed our
Incident Control vehicle should the search become protracted but this returned
to base early on when the location of the missing party become known. (8 Rescue
Time for a gentle reminder. Please
consider taking extra clothing, hat, gloves & food. Whistle and survival shelter
also useful. Map and compass and know how to use them essential. It gets darker
earlier at this time of year so allow for that and a torch should you be
delayed. Stay safe everyone.
6. Saturday 18th
January. Spot Pick-up. 13:46 Hrs. Lancaster.
North West Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a
73-year-old female who had fallen and sustained a head injury. Difficult to
access to casualty location. However, the Team stood down responding with
fourteen Team members mobile direct to the incident location or to our vehicle
bases. The Ambulance crew had been able to access the casualty and the Team was
no longer required. (8 Rescue Person Hours)
5. Sunday 12th January. Search. 17:57 Hrs. Clougha, Bowland.
Lancashire Police contacting the Team to
assist with a party of six hill walkers, three adults & three children,
benighted in the area of Clougha Pike on the north Bowland moors. Missing group
moving over very uneven ground, not sure which direction to travel but in good
spirits and thankfully, no injuries reported. The Team successfully used the
SARCALL PhoneFind facility to locate the party on our mapping systems. Team
members were then able to quickly locate them and escort them down from the hill
to Rigg Lane car park none the worse for the experience. Twenty seven Team
members available for this incident. (48.5 Rescue Person Hours)
S1. Wednesday 8th January. Standby Search.
05:49 Hrs. Langho. Team Incident Controllers received a request from
Rossendale & Pendle MRT to assist with the search for a 17-year-old female in
the Langho area. As details were being taken and the full Team about to be
contacted the good news was received that the missing girl had been located,
safe. Bolton MRT and MRT Dog handlers also contacted to assist.
4. Monday 6th January. Search. 00:59 Hrs.
Parbold. Lancashire Constabulary requesting assistance with the developing
search for an 85-year-old female in the Parbold area. Potentially missing for up
to 48 hours with her car just located near the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at
Parbold. Search of the canal towpaths and surrounding fields requested. Team
stood down at 04:45 Hrs with all tasks completed but with the missing person
still outstanding. Lancashire Police deploying other resources later in the day.
Sadly, the body of the missing person was located by the Police Underwater Unit.
The Team extends our condolences to the missing person’s friends and family at
this sad time. Twelve Team members involved with others available later in the
day. (60.5 Rescue Parson Hours)
3. Saturday 4th January. Search. 14:04 Hrs.
Bleasdale Fells. Request from Lancashire Police to search for two walkers
lost in dense hill mist in the area of Holme House Fell, Bleasdale. No injuries
reported. Team members who live nearby requested to RV at Hazelhurst and to
search onto Holme House Fell. The rest of the Team collecting our Incident
Control and other vehicles should the search develop. The missing persons were
located by beaters from the local shoot, checked over by Team members and walked
off to Bleasdale none the worse for their experience. Team then transported them
back to their car at Chipping. Nineteen Team members involved. (56 Rescue Person
2. Friday 3rd January. Spot Pick-Up. 12:13
Hrs. River Douglas, Parbold. The North West Ambulance Service requested help
with a male, aged 63, who had fallen through a wooden fishing platform and
broken his lower leg. First Team members on scene carried the casualty, using a
long board from the land ambulance, the short distance across boggy fields to
the road head. He was then transferred by land ambulance to the Southport &
Formby District General hospital for further treatment. Thirteen Team members
involved with this incident. (27 Rescue Person Hours)
1. Thursday 2nd January. Spot Pick-Up.
12:52 Hrs. Nicky Nook near Garstang. Request received, via Lancashire Police
to assist a female, aged 80, who had tripped and fallen injuring her head.
Location of the incident on the steep descent from the summit of Nicky Nook to
Grizedale Reservoir. Team treated the head injury and evacuated the casualty on
a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher to the waiting land ambulance for the onward
journey to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Sixteen Team members attending with one of
our Landrover ambulances. (66 Rescue Person Hours)