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2003 Incidents and Call Outs
police paged us to assist with 100 cars stuck in snow on the A56 Winfield,
including a report of a woman in labour in one of these cars. This job was
passed onto our neighbouring Team Rossendale and our team remained on standby to
assist if necessary. 4 Man hrs
20.58hrs Snow cover for Lancs Ambulance.
While getting ready to party we were paged by Lancashire Ambulance to support
them during the snow over new years eve, 4 team members manned 2 vehicles
during this time. The rest of the team remained ever alert should the call
come! Well the party could not stop could it? 12 Man hrs
14.45hrs Kilnshaw Chimney,
descending from Red Screes, a team member came across a male and a dog who
appeared crag fast in Kilnshaw Chimney, the Gully was iced over. It appeared the
dog had fallen into the Gully and the owner had climbed down. Langdale/Ambleside
MRT had been called by a member of the dog owners party who had descended the
mountain. Our team member abseiled into the gully and both owner & dog. Langdale
team arrived on scene approx 15.10hrs and took charge of the incident, with
rigging they raised the owner and dog unharmed but cold. 2 Man hrs
12.46 hrs Rivington Barn, Chorley Area.
The Team was paged by Lancashire Ambulance Incident Support Desk to attend
an incident at Rivington Barn, Rivington. As this is not the Teams normal area
of operation the call was passed to our neighbouring Team, Bolton MRT,
immediately. 0.25 Man hrs
01.16 hrs Clayton Brook,
Bridge . The team were paged by Lancashire Police to search urgently for a
vulnerable 63 year old male dressed only in pyjamas, temperature was - 4 degrees
C. The man was located at 04.10 hrs with mild hypothermia and evacuated to
hospital. SARDA & the Police assisted on this search. 45 Man hrs
10.35 hrs Eccleston, Chorley. the
team were paged by Lancashire Police to search for a missing suicidal male, the
team, with the help of SARDA located the man, who was deceased, & evacuated him
to the ambulance. 25 Man hrs
Spot Pick Up
13.07 hrs, Denham Quarry, Brinscall.
The team were called to a fallen bird watcher, sadly the lady was fatally
injured. 6 Man hrs
Spot Pick Up
hrs Nicky Nook, Scorton .
The team where paged direct from Lancashire
Ambulance to a lady with a broken leg on Nicky Nook. A Lancashire ambulance
crew where assisted to the casualties location who administered first aid. The
team then evacuated the lady to the Police Helicopter on the summit. She was
then transferred to Preston Hospital. 19 Man hrs
Casualty to helicopter
in Police Helicopter
Casualty into Helicopter
19.34 hrs Bolton by Bowland, Gisburn Forest of Bowland.
Request from the Police to search for a missing vulnerable male. The team were
stood down while responding as the man was found safe. 3 Man hrs
18/10/03 Spot Pick Up
Saddle Fell Forest of Bowland.
Report from the Police
couple of fell walkers were stuck in a bog. The Fire Brigade Rope Rescue Unit
were also called to assist, both teams were stood down when the Police
helicopter airlifted them uninjured off the fell. 3 Man hrs.
12.36 hrs Broughton
Area. Search for missing male, in open farm
land in the Broughton area of Preston. There was Police concern for the well
being of this person hence the search. The Search was concluded when the missing
person turned up safe and well.
30 Man hrs.
Marton Mere, Blackpool. Search for missing male
(21), in the Marton Mere nature reserve area. There was Police concern for the
well being of this person hence the search. Mounted Police were also in
assistance, the search was stood down pending further enquires.
60 Man hrs.
10.00 - 16.00 hrs Yorkshire Dales.
Our annual safety cover for the 3 Peaks Cyclo
Cross, great weather & the usual fractured collar bones & grazes.
The 43rd running of the race.
180 Man hrs.
Search 19.00 hrs Ringstone, North Lancashire.
Request from Lancashire Police to search
woodland & open farmland for a missing lady. We were stood down on arrival as
she had turned up safe & well. 20 Man hrs.
16.05 hrs Rivington Reservoir. A search was Initiated by Lancashire Police
Southern Division for a missing female (34), who was possibly going to self
harm. The rough location given was 'Headless Cross' at the South Western corner
of Rivington Reservoir. While a basic plan was being looked into she was located
by a police patrol in roughly the same area described. 0.25 Man hrs
11.00 hrs Coniston,
Bracken & handler, along with another BPMRT Member were on an SARDA assessment
weekend at Coniston, when they were asked by the Police to search for a missing
person. The lady turned up safe in Kendal.
Safety Cover 08.00 hrs West Pennine Moors.
The team gave safety cover to the Long
Distance Walkers Association. No incidents happily but lots of warm sun shine.
28 Man hrs.
Spot Pick Up
18.34 hrs Kemple End, Longridge Fell. The Team was paged by Lancashire
Ambulance Service to evacuate an injured mountain biker suspected of having a
spinal injury. Once the casualty had been assessed by the Team Doctor, she was
evacuated to the waiting Ambulance. 54 Man hrs.
Spot Pick Up
12.34 hrs River Ribble, Grimsagh. While providing communications /
safety cover for the annual River Ribble Raft Race the Team was requested by
Lancashire Ambulance Service to evacuate a competitor suspected of having a neck
& spinal injury. A team member was on scene within 2 mins, the rest of the team,
while responding to the incident were stood down as the Air Ambulance was able
to gain access to the patient and assist our team member with the incident. (2
Man hrs) Other competitors were treated for minor injuries.
03.38 hrs. Carnforth, North Lancashire. Team requested by Lancashire Police
to search for a missing male in the Carnforth area. As Incident Controllers were
gathering information and preparing to page the team the person turned up safe
and well. 1 Man hr
North Lancashire. Rescue Team called by the Police to search farmland, woods &
coastal edges for a vulnerable male. We were assisted by the Police Support
Team, Police helicopter, SARDA (Rossendale) & local Coastguard Search Teams.
The search was stood down at 14.04 as the Police received information on the
mans location. 198 Man hrs
Bracken & Handler assisted Dartmoor Rescue Group in search for missing
vulnerable male in the Bovey Tracey area of Dartmoor. 4 hrs
Borrowdale Fell Race. The team dealt with a number of minor incidents both
on & off the fell. 176 Man hrs
vehicle travelling to a flag day, arrived on scene of a motorcycle crash minutes
after the accident and provided first aid, then using his team radio requested
back up from Lancashire Ambulance. Passenger received lower leg injuries. 0.25
21.15 hrs Forest of Bowland. Call from passer by & Police to
assist with a seriously injured motorcyclist who had crashed off the road & into
a gully some 500m from our H.Q, the team administed basic life support for 25
mins until the Ambulance crews, Fire Service & Police helicopter arrived to
evacuate. 2 Man hrs.
Spot Pick Up
Wray. Assist Lancashire Ambulance with a spot pick up of a fallen trail
rider on the Salter Fell Track. One land rover was sent to the Wray end, the
other to the Slaidburn end of the track. The casualty was located near the Wray
end and evacuated, with the help of a local farmer and his quad bike, to the
waiting ambulance. The team's doctor then checked him out and found him to have
a dislocated shoulder. He was then taken to hospital in a county ambulance. 45
Broughton. While driving up
the M6 near Broughton a team member came across an RTA involving one car and two
passengers. The driver had severe scalp lacerations. Using his team radio he
called Lancashire Ambulance control room & requested ambulance backup.
He then dealt with the injuries until
the ambulance arrived. 0.5 Man hrs
Search 00.45 hrs
North Lancashire. The team were called to search farmland & woods for a missing
78 year old man. The Police stood the team down at 06.55 hrs pending new
information. Lancashire Police Air Support Unit & Search Dog Bracken & handler
were also involved. The body was found after Bracken had indicated the
140 Man hrs.
The Team received a
Divisional Commendation from Lancashire Constabulary, Northern Division for our
involvement in this incident.
Spot Pick Up
Balderstone. The Team was paged
by Lancashire Ambulance to help with a spot pick up of a Unconscious Diabetic
fisherman on a river bank. The team carried the casualty to the waiting county
ambulance. 12 Man hrs.
Further to incident 39. Police
contacted Team Leaders for further consultation & discussion. Person is still
missing at this time. 0.5 Man hrs
Post Script 27th June
13:30 hrs Missing person located in West Yorkshire
Search 13.54 hrs
Trough of Bowland area. The Team were called to
assist Lancashire Police in a search for a vulnerable male who had gone missing.
The search was stood down at 18.51 after receiving more information.
SARDA (Search Dog Bracken & handler
Pete, Search Dog Roy & handler Steve Garafello), ON99 (Police Helicopter) also
assisted in the incident. The search was passed back to the Police to
investigate further. 175 Man hrs
14:20 hrs Waterfoot.
The Team was paged by Lancashire Ambulance Incident Support Desk to attend an
incident at Cowpe Reservoir, Waterfoot. As this is not the Teams normal area of
operation the call was passed to our neighbouring Team, Rossendale Pendle MRT,
immediately. 0.25 Man hrs
06:00-16:00 hrs Forest of Bowland. Continuing 34 & 35. Fortunately
no incidents reported but excellent weather enjoyed by all. 80 Man hrs
Rivington. The Team was paged by Lancashire Ambulance Incident Support Desk
to attend an incident at Pigeon Tower, Rivington. As this is not the Teams
normal area of operation the call was passed to our neighbouring Team, Bolton
MRT, immediately. 0.25 Man hrs
35. 14/06/03 Safety Cover
Forest of Bowland. Continuing 34. This involved over 200 birdwatchers
undertaking “moorland safaris”, river and woodland walks around the Trough of
Bowland AONB. No incidents reported but the bird watching was superb with Ring
Ouzel, Stonechats, Whinchats , Oystercatchers, Common sandpipers, wagtails,
Merlins & Buzzards all being seen from the lawn at Smelt Mill. 96 Man hrs
Forest of Bowland.
Provision of fell safety cover for walks in the Langden Valley / Dunsop area &
Gisburn Forest as part of the RSPB / United Utilities “Bowland Festival” event.
4 Man hrs
02:30 hrs Chorley/Adlington. As incident 32 finished the Team Search
Controllers were made aware of an ongoing incident in the Chorley/Adlington area
– a report of a missing 11 year old girl. The Team resources were immediately
offered to assist. Fortunately, we were not required and the girl turned up
safely soon afterwards. 0.5 Man hrs
00:19 hrs Ormskirk. Request from Lancashire Police to search for a missing
female, age 38, in the Aughton area near Ormskirk. The Team assembled by 02:00
Hrs at Ormskirk Police Station and the missing person was located soon after
safe & well. 30 Man hrs
13:15 hrs Denham Quarry,
Brinscall. While out climbing two Team
members came across a crag fast youngster (12 year old). Apparently, with two
of his mates, they had down climbed the route “Wet” (85 ft Hard V Diff) to a
grassy ledge (for a smoke !). Two of the boys had managed to scramble back to
the top with the third becoming stuck. A rope was set up and a Team member
abseiled down to the boy with a spare harness, he was quickly hauled to safety.
0.5 Man hrs.
10:20 hrs Rivington. The Team was paged by Lancashire Ambulance Incident
Support Desk to attend an incident in Rivington. As this is not in our normal
area of operation the call was passed to our neighbouring Team, Bolton MRT,
immediately. 0.25 Man hrs
Spot Pick Up 21.05 hrs Silverdale.
Assist Lancashire Ambulance with the evacuation of a fallen climber at
Trowbarrow Quarry. The climber was treated for lower arm injury and suspected
spinal injuries. Evacuated to waiting county ambulance. Police Air Support Unit
assisted in the evacuation by providing over-head illumination using their
'night sun' equipment. 36 Man
19.28 hrs Parbold. Request
from Lancashire Police for an urgent search of countryside & quarries for a
missing vulnerable male. The
Police Air Support Unit was re-tasked from incident 27 to assist with the
incident. 20 Police Officers & SARDA (Search Dog Bracken & handler) also
assisted in the incident. The search was concluded successfully at 22.30hrs
with the man being located safe but cold & needing treatment from the team
Doctor. 150 Man
Search 18.41 hrs Wolf Fell Area.
from Lancashire Police to search for a reportedly crashed glider. Once
the Police Air Support Unit had cleared incident 28, it returned & completed the
search, but found nothing. The team was stood down at 21.41hrs. 18 Man hours
RTA 17.40 hrs Carnforth area.
Just before incident 27 a team member administered first
aid at a 2 car collision. 1 Man
Spot Pick Up 21.57 hrs. Forest of
Ambulance with evacuation of a crashed Paraglider Pilot on Parlick Pike with
suspected spinal injury. Lancashire Police helicopter was also on standby to
assist the team. 30 Man hrs.
07/05/03 Rope Rescue
20.45 hrs. Forest of Bowland.
Assist Lancashire Ambulance with
evacuation of an injured man who had fallen 30ft down a steep banking. The team
were assisted by Lancashire Fire service (2 vehicles), Lancashire Fire service
Rope Rescue team (3 vehicles). 15 Man hrs.
27/04/03 Spot Pick Up
15.09 hrs. West Pennine Moors. Assist Lancashire Ambulance with
evacuation of a collapsed fell walker on Anglezarke Moor. 20 Man hrs
Pendle Hill. Assist Lancashire Ambulance with evacuation in Pendle &
Rossendale area passed to their control. 2 Man hrs
05.40 hrs. Blackpool.
Request from Lancashire Police for an urgent
search of countryside & woods for a missing 15 year old female. Located safe at
09.04. The team were assisted by SARDA & Lancashire Police air support unit.
45 Man hrs.
Search 09.40 hrs.
Request from Lancashire Police for a search
of countryside & woods for a missing male. After talking to the Police it was
decided that there was insufficient information to mount a search. 4 Man hrs.
Spot Pick Up 16.00 hrs.
Forest of Bowland.
Lancashire Ambulance with evacuation of an injured Micro light pilot on
Longridge Fell to Air Ambulance. 8 Man hrs.
Spot Pick Up
19.50 hrs. Forest of Bowland.
Assist Lancashire Ambulance with the evacuation of a Male reported to have
collapsed at Jubilee Tower - Forest of Bowland, two team members in attendance
prior to hand over to ambulance. 4 Man hrs.
Search 15.10 hrs. Forest of
Urgent call from
Lancashire Police to search for an over due fell walker, Bleasdale Fell area.
The walker turned up safe as the team were deploying. 15 Man hrs.
Spot Pick Up
14.30 hrs. West Pennine Moors.
Evacuation of an injured horse rider from Healey Nab to waiting Air Ambulance.
30 Man hrs.
hrs. Forest of Bowland.
from Police for an urgent Search for 2 missing walkers in the Forest of Bowland
area. As the team were deploying both turned up safe, the route had taken
longer than expected. 40 Man hrs.
10.00 - 15.00 hrs.
Forest of Bowland. Our annual safety cover
for the Fiendsdale Fell race. Fortunately there were no serious incidents to
report , but everyone got an absolute soaking! 125 Man hrs
20.00 hrs. Preston. Request from Police to search for missing
female. She was located safe after 1hr searching. 20 Man hrs.
14.40 hrs. Forest of Bowland. While at Smelt Mill, our team base in the
Forest of Bowland, we assisted Lancashire Ambulance with an RTA on our front
door step! This was also the SARDA (Search & Rescue Dog Association) national
meeting weekend, hence the attendance of SARDA at this incident. 6 Man hrs.
Search 22.20 hrs.
North Lancashire. Request from Police to search Warton Crag for a
missing 73 year old, he was located cold but well at 00.15hrs. 40 Man hrs.
Search 21.30 hrs. Blackpool.
Request from Police to search
woodland for a missing elderly lady. The lady was later located by the Police.
80 Man hours.
North Lancashire. Urgent request from Police to search for a missing
child in the Warton Crag area. The child was located safe by Police 20mins
after we were paged, back to bed! 5 Man hrs.
Search 18.15 hrs. West
Pennine Moors. Urgent search of Anglezarke Moor area after a Game Keeper
heard cries for help, the team searched late into the night with nothing found.
We were assisted by SARDA, Bolton MRT & the Police Air Support. 240 Man hrs.
21.20 hrs. Preston.
the Police to search woodland & open countryside for an elderly lady, due to
incident number 06 at the same time, we requested Rossendale & Pendle team to
assist. The lady turned up safe & well. 40 Man hrs.
Request from the Police to search woodland & open countryside for a missing
female. The team were stood down later after the Police received information as
to her possible location. 80 Man hrs.
08/02/03 Spot Pick Up
15.15 hrs. West Pennine Moors.
Evacuation of an injured child with fractured ankle from a stream on
Anglezarke Moor area. 40 Man hrs.
25/01/03 Spot Pick Up
Forest of Bowland. Assist Lancashire Ambulance with the stabilization of a casualty at a remote
farm in Whitendale area until the arrival of the Ambulance Crew. 3 Man hrs.
Pendle Hill. Report of a sledging accident on Pendle Hill, incident passed
to Rossendale & Pendle team. 1 Man hrs.
04/01/03 Spot Pick Up
13.30 hrs. Forest of Bowland.
Evacuation of in injured person after a sledging accident on Parlick Pike to
waiting Air Ambulance. 30 Man hrs.
Coast. Request from the Police to search woodland & open countryside for a
missing male. After completion of initial search areas the search was stopped
awaiting further information from the Police. 80 Man hrs.