15. 13th December. Search. 18:45 Hrs.
Trough of Bowland. A Lancashire County Council Ranger was reported overdue
by 3 hours and could not be contacted on his radio. The Ranger Service had
commenced their own search but the Police requested that the Team attend.
However, the Team was stood down responding when the ranger turned up, safe.
14. 5th December. Search. 07:00 Hrs.
Crook of Lune near Lancaster. Team requested to assist in a first light
search for a missing female. Missing since 15:00 Hrs the previous day. Teams
SARDA Dog handler and search dog had worked through the night but nothing found.
The banks of the River Lune were searched but nothing found. The search was then
relocated to the Lune estuary but to no avail. The Team stood down at 15:00 Hrs.
15 Team members attending. (120 rescue Person hours)
13. 18th October. Search. 22:45 Hrs.
Clougha Pike & Grit Fell Area, Bowland. Search of the Clougha Pike and Grit
Fell areas for a missing, depressed male, aged 18. Inexperienced and may not
have eaten properly for a couple of days. The Team searched through the night
but nothing found. At first light the search was scaled up with the addition of
rescue teams from Bolton, Rossendale and Calder Valley plus search dogs and a
Sea King helicopter from the RAF. However, the missing person was discovered
walking on one of the fell roads and was taken away by Police for questioning.
20 Team members plus 50 persons from the other teams attend. (180 Rescue Person
12. 29th September. Search. Moor
Hospital, Lancaster. Team requested to search for a missing male, aged 85.
Known to be a regular "wanderer". Team searched for 8 hours and he was
eventually found within the hospital grounds (which are extensive). He was taken
back to the hospital by ambulance. 16 Team members on this incident. Bolton Team
(15 persons) and Rossendale Team (8 persons) were stood down on route. (120
Rescue Person Hours)
11. 27th September. Spot Pickup. 15:00
Hrs. Ribblehead, North Yorkshire. Whilst providing race safety cover for the
annual 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross a competitor fell of his bike on Whernside. He
managed to make his way off the fell and was treated for his wounds. This person
was initially reported by other competitors as "broken his leg" (and was
therefore immobile). A number of Team members dispatched to find this person
but, obviously, found nothing!
10. 27th September. Spot Pickup. 11:40
Hrs. Crina Bottoms, Ingleborough, North Yorkshire. A competitor in the 3
Peaks Cyclo Cross had fallen from his bike and fractured his collar bone. A Team
vehicle was able to access the casualty and transport him off the fell. The Cave
Rescue Organisation requested by radio to arrange for an ambulance at the road
9. 26th September. Search. 21:00 Hrs.
Frenchwood Area, Preston. Team requested to assist in the "massive" search
for a missing 3-year-old girl in the Frenchwood area in the centre of Preston.
Team searching Cardinal Newman College grounds, Winckley Square, Avenham &
Miller Parks, banks of the River Ribble and allotments. Teams SARDA Search Dog
and handler also participating. Extensive Police resources involved all
co-ordinated from Preston Police HQ. Mysteriously the girl turned up at first
light, safe, after being spotted by a Police Officer walking down a street near
to hear home. Rest of MPSRO on standby should they be required. 25 Team members
present. (175 Rescue Person Hours)
8. 25th September. Search.18:42 Hrs.
Whittingham, Goosnargh near Preston. Team involved in a search for a female
patient, aged 86, missing from Whittingham Hospital. Known to like to walk in
the grounds but a change of medication had made her highly active. She was
located by Team members down a steep disused railway embankment in dense
undergrowth, semi-conscious. Apparently, she had just walked off the ward
without telling anyone. She was treated by paramedics and a nurse then
stretchered back to the ward by the Team. (37.5 Rescue Person Hours)
7. 15th September. Standby Search. 13:15
Hrs hrs. Rossendale Area. Team placed on "standby" by Rossendale Team who
were searching for a vulnerable male in the Blackburn area. At 15:00 Hrs Team
informed by Rosendale Team Leader that the man had been located – in Scotland!
6. 26th June. Body Search, 12:40 Hrs.
Heysham near Morecambe. On the 25th June clothing was found on
the beach at Heysham. It was believed that a male had entered the sea in order
to end his life. The Team was requested to search the coastline at Heysham and
the River Lune estuary on the 28th. Search commenced at low tide,
12:30 Hrs on the 28th. Completed at 18:00 Hrs with nothing found.
(132 Rescue Person Hours)
5. 21st June. Spot Pick-up. 15:57 Hrs.
Stickle Ghyll, Langdale, Lake District. Six Team members assisted Langdale
Ambleside MRT with a carry off of a male from just below Stickle Tarn. Initially
reported as a heart attack but later confirmed that the casualty had fallen
hitting his head and face.
4. ? June. Standby Search. Accrington. Team
requested to assist in the search for a 5-year-old girl. Missing since previous
day with Rossendale Team having searched through the night. Team requested to
assist at first light. However, as the Team assembled the search was called off.
The girl had been located safe.
3. 30th May. Search. Shawforth.
Rossendale FRT requested all MPSRO Teams to assist in the search for a male who
had gone on walk over the fells. Reported as missing for a week! Nothing was
found and the large scale search scaled down. However, the following day police
did a check of local hospitals and located the gentlemen. He had apparently
suffered chest pains on his walk, called for an ambulance and been in hospital
all the time!
2. 22nd April. Rock Climbing. 20:55 Hrs.
Anglezarke Quarry near Chorley. A lead climber, on a climb called "Bossa
Nova" (VS, 45 Feet) , had almost reached the top when he fell pulling out two
running belays and landing on a ledge near the bottom of the climb. He suffered
back and hand injuries. The climber was not wearing a helmet. Treated for
injuries and evacuated to waiting ambulance.
1. 15th January. Standby Search. 23:00 Hrs. Abbey Village /
Tockholes Wood. Team requested to search for a 15-year-old male. Described
as vulnerable, depressed and giving cause for his safety. Bolton MRT also
called. Both Teams were stood down responding when we were informed by the
Police that he had turned up.