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2005 Incidents and Call Outs
59. 26th November
Search 09:00 Whittingham,
Near Preston. A final
day of searching. Joined by Rossendale Pendle MRT today. Sadly nothing found
over this period of intensive searching. Police investigations continue. (42
Rescue person hours)
58. 25th November
Near Preston. A third
day of searching a wide area of the old hospital grounds and farm land.
Colleagues from Bolton MRT again present. (70 Rescue person hours)
57. 24th November
Continuing the search at Whittingham. Now joined by extensive Police resources &
a contingent from Bolton MRT. (70 Rescue person hours)
56. 23rd November
Following extensive pre-planning the Team returned to the grounds of the former
hospital at Whittingham and surrounding area to continue the long running
search for a 65 year old male, missing since June this year (see incident 23
below and others). Team targeted specific areas in advance of a major Lancashire
Police initiative over the next days to resolve this incident. (112 Rescue
55. 13th November
Spot Pick Up 16.10 Hrs
Burns Farm, Nicky
Nook, Near Garstang.
Team contacted by Lancashire Police with a request for assistance from
Lancashire Ambulance Service. A male walker had fallen, broken his ankle and
sustained a minor head injury in the fall. Person feeling cold with falling
temperatures and dark approaching fast. Team carried patient 500m across boggy,
water logged fields (mud) and a steep gully to waiting Ambulance, also providing
lighting for rest of injured persons party. Due to remote location and complex
maze of country lanes in the locality Team escorted Ambulance to the A6 for
onward journey to Royal Lancaster Infirmary. (30 Rescue person hours)
54. 29th October
Search 12:28 Hrs Forton
Services, M6 Motorway, Near Lancaster.
Following an RTC (Road Traffic Collision) some hours earlier a request was made
by Lancashire Police to search farmland and woods around Forton Services on the
M6 motorway south of Lancaster. A car had collided with the central reservation
and caught fire. The driver was missing and when he did not appear at home it
was assumed he may be injured near by. Search called off when person located in
Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Search dog from SARDA, Police helicopter and other
Police units in support. (65 Rescue person hours)
53. 28th October
Search 15:34 Hrs
Brungerley Bridge, Clitheroe. Team paged
by Lancashire Police concerning two children aged 11 who had gone for a walk
from Brungerley Bridge in the direction of Waddington Fell. They were in contact
by mobile phone but had been caught out in a downpour and were now tired and
cold. As Team were preparing to deploy we were informed that they had reached
safety and we stood down.
52. 26th October
Spot Pick Up 15:11
Hrs Gisburn Forest, Stocks, Bowland. Team paged
with a request from Lancashire Ambulance Service to assist a female with a
broken leg in Gisburn Forrest. Initial reports were that Air Ambulance & land
crew were at Stocks Reservoir but not with the casualty. A long carry was
anticipated as the Air Ambulance could not get close. First Landrover was
mobile from our Penwortham vehicle base within 14 minutes but Team was soon
stood down with 15 persons responding when we were informed the woman had walked
down to the Ambulance!!!! (10 Rescue Person Hours)
51. 23rd October
17:38 Hrs Ellel Quarry, nr Lancaster, Preston.
Team paged by Lancashire Police concerning the recovery of a body from Ellel
Quarry near Hampson Green. Task completed. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
50. 22nd October
22:48 Hrs Bleasdale, Trough of Bowland.
Team paged by Lancashire Police concerning an ongoing
incident involving two missing walkers in the Bleasdale area. They had been in
contact with Police by mobile phone and had been advised to walk off the hill to
the Packhorse Bridge near Bleasdale School. But, they had not appeared. Team
arranged to meet at the School and commence a search of the area. Three Team
members staying at our Smelt Mill base in the Trough of Bowland also tasked with
driving the Langden Valley and walking over Fiendsdale Head to the School.
Footpath searches commenced in the Bleasdale area by 00:15 hrs. However, the
missing persons were located just west of Langden Castle in the Lingy Pits area
at approx. 00:20 Hrs by the search unit dispatched from Smelt Mill. (45 Rescue
Spot Pick Up
13:48 Hrs River Ribble, Penwortham, Preston.
Team paged by Lancashire Police concerning a person collapsed on river bank in
the Penwortham area. North West Air Ambulance crew with casualty but unable to
egress due to location and distance back to helicopter. As no exact details of
location were available Team paged and asked to initially RV at our Penwortham
vehicle base while additional information obtained. After contacting Lancashire
Ambulance Service things became a little clearer and the Team was able to access
the casualty by Landrover 1 mile down stream of Penwortham Holme Bridge. The
casualty was reported as suffering from anaphylactic shock. The Air Ambulance
had been unable to access closer to the casualty due to overhead power lines.
Team carried the casualty on our new Titan stretcher some 500m to the waiting
helicopter. (23 Rescue Person Hours)
12:58 Hrs Dunsop Bridge, Trough of Bowland.
Former Team Leader was contacted direct by Lancashire Police concerning a walker
lost on the hills above Dunsop Bridge. Mobile phone contact was available with
the person and he was able to describe his route. He had apparently been walking
and camping for three days but had become disorientated in very bad weather and
low visibility. Lancashire Police Force Incident manager was informed and a full
Team page issued at 13:12 hrs. From his route description it was determined he
was between Beatrix Fell and Baxton Fell. He was requested to stay put and keep
warm. Hasty path and wall/fence line searches were undertaken from Whitendale,
Beatrix, Burn side and the end of the Salter fell track. He was quickly located
in the Dunsop Fell area - a little cold but safe - at 15:05 hrs. (50 Rescue
17:12 hrs Penwortham, Preston. Team Incident Controllers were paged by
Lancashire Police in relation to a missing 82 year old reported as suffering
from Alzheimer's. The person had been missing since midday and concern was
growing for their safety. As information was being gathered the missing person
turned up safe and well and the full Team services were not required.
Trough of Bowland. Team paged concerning a request from Lancashire Ambulance
Service to attend an RTC in the Trough of Bowland. Unfortunately, our Smelt Mill
Headquarters was unattended at the time and we were unable to respond quicker
than the land ambulance already dispatched. No action taken.
09.30 - 16.00 hrs Helwith Bridge, Yorkshire Dales. For the 44th year running
we again provided safety cover for the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross race starting at
Helwith Bridge in North Yorkshire and taking in the summits of Ingleborough,
Whernside & Pen-y-Ghent. One major incident to report. A competitor managed to
fall of his bike and suffered a serious injury. Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO)
requested to provide backup support as this would have been a long carry off.
However, the Team was able to access the casualty with Team Landrover high on
the slopes of Ingleborough. At the finish an unusually high number of walking
wounded (who had all actually completed the race) including possible broken
collar bone, broken cheek, collapsed with exhaustion/low blood sugar, dislocated
fingers plus some
serious cuts to knees, ankles & lower legs. All patched up and
advised to visit hospital where necessary. (195 Rescue Person hours).
08.00 - 16.00 hrs Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland The Team provided safety
cover for the 2nd British Heart Foundation 'Heart of England' sponsored walk.
Over 320 persons participating this year. This consisted of a number of routes
from Dunsop Bridge to the official 'Centre of the British Isles' near Brennand
Hanging Stones taking in the Whitendale Valley and the Salter Fell Roman Road.
Routes for disabled & wheelchair users were also covered as well as shorter
walks around Dunsop Bridge. There were no incidents to report although there
were some interesting navigational skills on display! (80 Rescue Person hours).
Search/Spot Pick Up
16.15 Bowland Knotts, Trough of Bowland The Team was contacted by
Lancashire Police in relation to a member of a shooting party who had returned
alone to his car after complaining he did not feel well. When the main party
returned to their cars they discovered he had not returned and a search was
instigated. An immediate request was made to Lancashire Police to place our
colleagues from the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) on standby. However, we were
soon informed that a body had been located. The Team was stood down with a
number of members on scene when it was established that the Lancashire Police
helicopter would do the recovery. (20 Rescue Person Hours)
42. 28th August
hrs Preston. Team Incident Controllers were paged by Lancashire Police in
relation to a missing 9 year old in Preston. However, no suitable task or area
could be allocated to the Team on the available information and enquires
continued. The youth was eventually located at approximately 21:45 hrs some
miles from place last seen. Contact was maintained with the Police Search
Manager and Force Incident Manager throughout this incident.(3 Rescue Person
41. 28th August
hrs Smelt Mill, Trough of Bowland. A cyclist who had just fallen off his
bike called in to our Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland to ask for
assistance. He was treated for a minor hand injury.
Spot Pick up
18.15 hrs Beacon Fell, nr Chipping. Forest of Bowland The Team was paged by
Lancashire Police to assist Lancashire Ambulance Service with a female who had
apparently fallen and broken here ankle on Beacon Fell. Team attended and
carried the woman on a Bell Mountain rescue stretcher to the waiting ambulance.
(20 rescue person hours)
hrs Upholland, nr Skelmersdale. The Team was paged by Lancashire Police in
relation to a missing 78 year old female reported as suffering from Alzheimer's.
Fortunately, she was quickly located and the Team stood down within one hour.
When the Team was stood down Incident Controllers and Control vehicles were
already in Upholland with other Team members on standby at our Penwortham
vehicle base. SARDA dog handlers also on standby. (20 Rescue Person Hours)
Trough of Bowland. A passer by called into Smelt Mill, our Headquarters in
the Trough of Bowland and informed the Team that a motorcyclist with passenger
this time had crashed into a gully some 500m down the road. First Aid was
administered for 20 minutes until Air & Land Ambulances arrived. See also
incident 33 below. Becoming a bit of a black spot for motorcyclists this.(1
Rescue Person Hour)
37. 9th August
Spot Pick Up
19:44 hrs Abbey Village. Team Controllers were contacted by Lancashire
Police Force Incident Manager with a request from Lancashire Ambulance Service.
They had received a report of a mountain biker with a serious head injury on a
track near Abbey Village. The Team was stood down when it was ascertained that
Ambulance crew could access the casualty and we were no longer required.
36. 7th August
1 mile south of Keswick Team members returning from Borrowdale in team
vehicles (incident 35), came across the scene of a recent RTC involving a
motorcyclist and a car. An off-duty paramedic and nurse were treating the
motorcyclist so Team members administered first aid and began clinical
observations on the car passenger, who was suffering from severe chest pains,
until the arrival of a ambulance. Team members then selected a landing site
for and marshalled the Great North Air Ambulance (3 rescue person hours)
Borrowdale Fell Race The Team again provided safety cover for this event in
the Lake District. Over 380 runners this year. No fell incidents to report. Team
dealt with 6 casualties on the field including a suspected heart attack who was
dispatched to hospital. (210 Rescue Person Hours)
34. 26th July
Search 10.02 hrs Poulton-Le-Fylde.
The police called the team out to search for two
missing girls, aged 9 and 13, from the Poulton-Le-Fylde area. The team were
stood down, with three controllers on site and twenty team members responding,
when the two girls turned up. SARDA dogs were also Responding
(12 Rescue Person hours)
33. 3rd July
RTC 13:25 hrs
Trough of Bowland.
passer by called into Smelt Mill, our Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland and
informed Team members that a motorcyclist had crashed into a gully some 500m
down the road. The Team immediately responded. First Aid was administered for 25
minutes until the Air Ambulance arrived. Team members marshalled the helicopter
into land with a smoke flare on the Trough Road. Then assisted with the
evacuation of the casualty to the helicopter, he was then taken to the Royal
Preston Hospital (6 Rescue Person hours).
This is an almost identical incident to
No. 45 2003
32. 2nd July
First Aid Preston Whilst on a Mountain
Rescue Awareness Day & street collection in Preston City centre two members of
the public, in separate incidents, collapsed and sustained head injuries in the
subsequent falls. The Team administered First Aid and handed over to the
Ambulance Service on their arrival. (1 Rescue Person hour)
18:30 Whittingham, Near Preston
The Team returned to
Whittingham to carry out intensive re-searching of priority areas. Nothing
found. (100 Rescue Person hours)
30. 28th June
Offer of assistance
22:00 Hrs - Burnley Area
returning from Whittingham in Team vehicles a Lancashire Ambulance crew was
heard on radio requesting assistance of Mountain Rescue. Lancashire Ambulance
Services Control room was immediately contacted to determine where the incident
was but our services not required. We believe another MRT was tasked (Rossendale
29. 28th June
17:30 Whittingham, Near Preston
The Team again
attended at Whittingham. Search dogs from SARDA were deployed. Team members
providing search control, navigation & local knowledge skills supported the dog
handlers. SARDA units from Bowland Pennine, Rossendale Pendle & Bolton MRT’s and
the Cave Rescue Organisation involved (48 Rescue Person hours).
09:53 Longridge Fell, Longridge The Team Leader was
contacted directly by Lancashire Police regarding a missing vulnerable male.
Missing for 3 days from Manchester his car had been located near Jeffery Hill on
Longridge Fell. The Team was paged and a request made to SARDA for search dogs.
Unfortunately, Lancashire Police Forces helicopter (ON 99) located a body and
the Team was stood down with 18 Team & SARDA members responding. Team members
assisted with the recovery of the body (30 Rescue Person hours)
Search Planning 18:00 Whittingham, Near Preston The Team was again
contacted in relation to the missing person at Whittingham (Incident 23). A
request was made for a search on the following evenings using search dogs (SARDA)
& the Team. Arrangements were made for the following evenings (2 Rescue Person
26. 25th /26th June
Team 25th Anniversary Celebration Due to the Team attending a “Black Tie” Ball
in celebration our 25th Anniversary arrangements were made for another Team to
cover our area. Thanks to Rossendale & Pendle MRT.
20th June Search
16.00 Whittingham, Near Preston
And again the team were contacted by the Police to search for the Misper in
incidents 23 & 24 following a sighting in woodland 2 miles south of the original
search area, the team & SARDA search dogs covered the area & again found
nothing. (40 Rescue Person hours)
24. 19th June
Search 11.55 Whittingham, Near Preston.
The team had just put the vehicles to bed when we were paged by Lancashire
Police for the same search! The Police requested a large scale re-search of a 1 mile radius of point last seen. So we all went out again,
this time calling on the assistance of our colleagues in Rosendale Pendle MRT &
SARDA. We searched again with Mountain Rescue & Police teams, the search
was stood down at 17.30 with nothing found. Dogs units from Bowland
Pennine, Rossendale Pendle & Edale MRT’s and the Cave Rescue Organisation were
used (160 Rescue person hours)
Search 03.12 Whittingham, Near Preston.
The team were paged by Lancashire Police to undertake an
urgent search of fields & woodland, to look for a missing vulnerable 65 year old
male. 15 team members responded & searched all night with SARDA (Search
dogs) & Air support, the incident was stood down at 11.45 with nothing found.
(130 Rescue Person hours)
June Spot Pick Up
19:04 Langden Valley, Forest of Bowland Team members again covering
incident 20 at Smelt Mill were advised by a local farmer that a man had
collapsed in Bleawater off the Langden Valley. A Landrover and four persons were
immediately despatched to Langden Castle and the Team Leader informed. Team
Leader contacted the Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager who had also
received details of the incident from Lancashire Ambulance Service and a full
Team page was initiated. Unfortunately, on arrival at the scene the Team was
unable to help the person and the body was recovered to the road head. (48
Rescue Person hours)
16:00 Hrs Trough Road, nr Dunsop Bridge Team members providing safety
cover for incident 20 attended a potentially serious road traffic accident close
to our Smelt Mill Headquarters. A motorcyclist had struck and broken the
windscreen of a coach full of about 40 persons near a steep embankment.
Amazingly, no one was injured. (4 Rescue Person hours)
6th June - 12th June
08.00 – 17.00 hrs Forest of Bowland For the third year the Team provided
rescue safety cover for hundreds of walkers enjoying the Bowland Festival, RSPB
moorland safaris & walks in the “new areas” freed up by the right to roam
legislation. Excellent weather and the Brewery visit was enjoyed by all. (Over 7
days: Over 220 Rescue Person hours)
10:30hrs Accrington Team Leader contacted direct by Lancashire Police
Force Incident Manager (FIM) in relation to a missing male. After a short
discussion it was determined that this incident was not in our area. It was
suggested to the FIM that he contact our neighbouring Team, Rossendale & Pendle
MRT. Team Controllers placed on standby but our services not required (0.25
Rescue Person hours)
16:00 Penworthham On returning to our Penwortham vehicle base in Preston
with the Team minibus following a training exercise two Team members were
approached by a member of the public informing them that there was a serious
road accident a short distance away. They immediately took a Team Landrover
Ambulance to assist, arriving first on-scene. Lancashire Ambulance Service and
the trauma Team from A & E Royal Preston Hospital also present.
17:01 hrs Wray. The Team was contacted by Lancashire Police to search for
a male who had been missing for sometime in the Wray area of North Lancashire.
Due to the time of the incident, nature of the search area and it’s large size
an immediate decision was made to request the Search & Rescue Dog Association (SARDA)
and colleagues from our neighbouring rescue team, the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO)
to assist. After identifying a point where the male was last seen a search of
the surrounding area was undertaken. Sadly, a short time after commencing the
search a SARDA dog indicated a find and this resulted in the location of a body.
The body was recovered by the Team up the steep wooded banking. (130 Rescue Person Hours)
Search/Spot Pick Up
14.17 hrs Croasdale Fell, Slaidburn. The Team were paged by Lancashire
Police following a request from Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. They had been
dealing with a report of a lady who was stuck down a hole on Croasdale Fell.
There was some difficulty in locating the exact position of the incident. As the
Team were responding the Police Helicopter landed near the lady and were able to
assist. The lady was then flown to a land ambulance near by. The helicopter
then returned to evacuate a second person. The location of this incident was
reported as Dunsop Fell well away from the original location. Neither person was
injured. The Team stood down after it was determined no other persons were left
on the hill. (25 Rescue person hours).
During this incident two Team
members dealt with a motorcyclist who had fallen off his bike near Dunsop Bridge
and suffered an apparent dislocated shoulder.
20:52 hrs Denham Quarry,
Brinscall. Team controllers were paged by
Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager to assist Lancashire Ambulance Service
with a 16 year old youth who had fallen onto a ledge in the Quarry with severe
injuries being reported. A full Team page was initiated with the first Team
member arriving on-scene at 21:07. The youths had apparently been “soloing”
Splash ArÍte (V.Diff) and one had fallen about 25ft onto a ledge narrowly
missing falling the full height into the pond. Ambulance Paramedics had managed
to climb up to the person and it was quickly ascertained that a full technical
crag rescue was required using a horizontal stretcher lower. A request was made
to Lancashire Police for site illumination from their Air Support Unit. A Team
medic joined the paramedics on the ledge and after the patient had been
stabilised, the Lancashire Ambulance crew were replaced by a further 3 Team
members. The youth was loaded on to a stretcher and the horizontal lower was
completed. The Air Support Unit remained on scene providing illumination both
during the lower and for the short carry to the waiting ambulance. The youth
sustained chest injuries and a possible broken wrist. (40 Rescue person hours)
14:30 Hrs - Blackburn / Burnley Area
On returning with team vehicles from weekend training in the Trough of Bowland a Lancashire
Ambulance crew was heard on radio requesting assistance of Mountain Rescue. An
immediate response was given but location was well out of normal area of
operation. We believe another MRT was tasked (Rossendale Pendle ?)
Spot Pick Up
15.30 hrs - Birkett Fell,
near Newton, Trough of Bowland
The Team attended to a Scout on
the same event as incident 12. He had sustained a suspected broken ankle on the
fell between two checkpoints. He had been located and given good initial first
aid by Scout Leaders. Two Team members in Landrover responded immediately and
located the casualty. His ankle was splinted and he was placed in a casualty
bag. On arrival of further Team members he was then evacuated by stretcher to
the road where he was handed over to a waiting Lancashire Ambulance Service
crew. (12 Rescue person hours)
9th April First Aid /
hrs - Burholme Farm, near Dunsop Bridge, Trough of Bowland
Team members on training became aware of an injured Scout taking part in a large
well-organised navigation event. Two Team members attended in Landrover and it
became apparent that the Scout had sustained a minor knee injury. A second Scout
was vomiting. The whole group required transportation back to their base. This
was provided with a Team Landrover with the Scout being left in the care of the
event organisers. (2 Rescue person hours)
12.00 hrs - Langden Valley, Trough of Bowland An exhausted and hypothermic cyclist approached Team members who
were on exercise in the Trough of Bowland. New to cycling, he had left home a
couple of hours ago in sunshine but the weather had since deteriorated to
sleet and he had become very wet and cold. He was assessed, given hot fluid and
warmed prior to being provided with suitable clothing and continuing his journey
home. (3 Rescue person hours)
08:00 hrs - Langdale, Cumbria.
22 Team members travelled to Ambleside
to continue the search for the missing male. Despite extensive searches in the
Great & Little Langdale area nothing was found. Other Teams involved included
Langdale Ambleside MRT, Kendal MSRT, Millom & Furness MRT, Coniston MRT, RAF
Valley MRT, SARDA (England & Lake District) and COMRU (Mines Rescue). (176
Rescue person hours)
Postscript: The gentleman concerned was
located safe on 26th March. He had apparently been camping out in a
18:30 hrs - Langdale, Cumbria.
The Team was
contacted directly by Langdale Ambleside MRT in relation to a missing male in
the Great / Little Langdale area. He had been missing for over 24 hours and the
search was to be scaled up the following day. Arrangements were made to travel
to the Lakes the following day - Good Friday. (2 Rescue person hours)
02:47 hrs - Hodder Valley, Mitton, Forest of Bowland.
was paged by Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager (FIM) to search for two
missing canoeists reported as “in the water”. Yes, this is 02:47 on a Sunday
morning! Apparently, they had raised the alarm by a text message to a friend
some hours earlier. An immediate search of the banks of the River Hodder above
and below Higher Hodder Bridge was commenced. This involved other emergency
services including Police Air Support & Lancashire Fire and Rescue. Two persons
were eventually located, cold, but safe. The Team evacuated them to incident
control up steep riverbanks and by Landrover. It was then ascertained that
another three canoeists were also missing further up the river. At least
one was reported as “been in the river”. Further searches of steep wooded,
riverbanks commenced upstream and a SARDA Search Dog was also deployed. As first
light approached the Air Support helicopter was able to return and very quickly
found the others canoeists. The helicopter was able to land in a nearby field
and confirm they were OK. The Team provided extra clothing and warm drinks,
again evacuating to incident control by Landrover. A Lancashire Ambulance
Service crew was on hand to confirm all were now safe and well. (85 Rescue
The Team does not usually comment on the
whys or wherefores of persons it assists but in this case it must be realised
that but for a very mild night for the time of year the outcome of this incident
may have been very different.
11.00 hrs - Fiendsdale
Fell Race, Forest of Bowland.
The Team again
provided safety cover for this event. This year’s race was an English National
Championship event, the first of the season, attracting over 420 competitors.
attended to one competitor with a twisted ankle, no other incidents reported
with only 4 retirements. (220 Rescue person hours)
- Samlesbury near Preston. The Team Leader was contacted directly by
Lancashire Police concerning a missing male in the Samlesbury area. However, the
Team was not deployed. (1 rescue person hour)
- Burnley. Lancashire Police paged the Team at the request of the Team
Leader of Rossendale Pendle MRT. They had a missing, vulnerable, person in the
Burnley area. As the Team was responding the person turned up safe and well at
home. (20 Rescue person hours)
08:00 hrs - Blackpool.
Continuing incident 3 with intensive searches around Blackpool Zoo, Stanley
Park, Hotel grounds, a Nature Reserve & the golf course. (90 Rescue person
Postscript: Some days later a body was
found very close to the Hospital in an area that the team had not been tasked to search.
Search 15:00 hrs - Blackpool.
The Team was called to assist in the search for a patient missing from Blackpool
Victoria Hospital. Extensive searches around Marton Mere and surrounding area
were to no avail. Police Air Support and Mounted Division also involved,
Underwater Search team also used in the next few days. (125 Rescue person
20th - 22nd February
Search - Brantingham near Hull.
the weekend the Team’s SARDA unit was called to Humberside to assist in the
search for a missing female.
Postscript: Unfortunately the body of the
missing female was located some time later.
- Blackburn / Darwen area.
Team’s SARDA unit was called to assist Bolton MRT in the search for a missing
male. (6 Rescue person hours)
Postscript: Some days later a body was found in a reservoir near by.