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Latest Call Outs, Incidents & Other Events. Numbered Incidents are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales

28. 4th July. Spot Pick-up. 23:39 Hrs. Hoghton Towers near Blackburn. The Team was paged by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a 42-year-old female, reported as "fallen in an inaccessible area", at Houghton Towers. However, the first land ambulance on scene was able to report that they could to deal with the casualty and we were quickly stood down with members heading to our bases for vehicles and direct to the incident.

27. 3rd July. Spot Pick-up. 12:33 Hrs. Lancaster Canal near Preston. The crew of the North West Air Ambulance requested that we assist them with a female who had sustained a lower leg injury on the canal towpath near Salwick. Air Ambulance had landed in a field within 50m of the casualty. The Team carried the casualty on a mountain rescue stretcher down a very steep bank and across hedges to the aircraft. A quite difficult carry but one of the shortest we have ever done! (12 Rescue Person Hours)

26. 30th June. Spot Pick-up. 12:09 Hrs. River Ribble near Ribchester. Team Leader contacted direct by Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle Team. They were responding to an incident at Ribchester and requested we assist. A male telecommunications worker, inspecting telegraph poles on the banks of the River Ribble had tripped and sustained an ankle injury. Both Teams combined to carry the casualty to the waiting Air Ambulance at Dewhurst House. See Incident 25/2011 for an almost identical rescue. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

25. 28th May. Search. 19:28 Hrs. Silverdale Area, North Lancashire. Lancashire Police paged the Team’s Incident Controls with a request for us join the developing search for a vulnerable elderly female, aged 76, missing in the Silverdale area of North Lancashire. Missing since about 17:15 Hrs. Coastguard SAR, RNLI Hovercraft, Police helicopter and other Police resources had searched the obvious high-risk areas of the coast from Silverdale north to Arnside and south to Jenny Brown’s Point but to no avail. The Team was tasked with searching footpaths, woods, crags and farmland as the search area was increased in size. The search continued until approx. 03:00 Hrs when it was decided to suspend operations and continue in the morning. When the search recommenced the support of Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team was requested. Due to the heavy rain throughout the night concern for the missing person was growing. Early in the afternoon, the female was located in dense undergrowth near Jenny Brown’s Point by a search dog from the Lake District. Much to the relief of everyone she was safe and uninjured. The following Mountain Rescue resources used in this search:

20 x Bowland Pennine MRT, 15 x Kendal MRT, 1 x Bolton MRT members

Search dogs and handlers from SARDA (England) – Bowland Pennine MRT, SARADA (Wales) – Bolton MRT, Lake District Mountain Search Dogs - Kendal, Duddon & Furness and Penrith MRT’s.

(Approx. 300 Rescue Person Hours by Voluntary Mountain Rescue Teams)

Other resources including Police Helicopter, Dog Unit, Support Units, PCSO’s, Coastguard SAR, RNLI Hovercraft, Lancashire F&RS Urban Search & Rescue Units.

Mention should also be made of the many members of the public who helped in the search and provided valuable local knowledge.

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