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17:18 hrs Waddington.
Team Incident Controllers paged with a request from Lancashire Police to
search for a female, aged 61, reported as missing at 16:15 hrs in the
Waddington area near Clitheroe. Reported as possibly about to self harm
on Waddington Fell. Members of the family also reported as undertaking
their own searches. As the Team was on route to Waddington with 2
vehicles mobile and 15 persons responding news came that the missing
person had been found, safe, about 300m from the place last seen (PLS).
(15 Rescue person hours).
09:00 Hrs Rossendale area.
Team Leader contacted directly by Deputy Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle
Mountain Rescue Team. RPMRT had been on a search since the early hours and
requested back-up to continue. Team paged to standby and preparations made to
travel to East Lancashire. However, we were soon contacted with the news that
unfortunately a body had been located.
45. 12th December
Spot pick-up / Body Recovery
09:38 Hrs Burnslack, Trough of Bowland .
Team paged directly by North West Ambulance Service (Lancashire) with a request
to back up the North West Air Ambulance attending a male reported as collapsed
in a steep sided stream bed on the fell above Burnslack. Team immediately
responded but it was soon confirmed by the Air Ambulance paramedics that the
person had, sadly, died. Team stood down from an emergency response and
continued to the RV for what would now be a body recovery. Following a few
appropriate words and a moments pause to reflect the evacuation to Burnslack was
completed. Team stood down at 13:08hrs (45 Rescue Person Hours)
15:10 hrs Astley Park, Chorley.
Team Leader contacted directly by Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager
concerning a 25 year old male reported as about to self-harm, a search of Astley
Park in Chorley was requested. Team Leader contacted Police Officer in charge of
the incident and it was quickly established that the Police had some leads to
follow up. It was decided to take no action and wait for the enquires to be
completed. Person located safe by Police at 15:40 hrs. Team not required.
44. 26th November
16:36 hrs Penwortham.
Team paged with a request to search for a vulnerable male reported as missing
since the previous day in the Penwortham area. It was decided to run the
incident out of our Cop Lane base in Penwortham. Team paged and 26 Team members
responded. A number of search areas in the Factory Lane, Middleforth Green and
towards the River Ribble along the old railway line areas were identified. The
person was located safe by Team members and the we stood down at 18:51 Hrs. (75
Rescue person hours).
09:30 hrs Preston.
Team Leader contacted by Duty Inspector at Preston Police Station to give us a
“heads up” that they had a missing person that was described as “highly mobile”.
With no identified search areas at this time it was decided to wait until
further sightings or information was available. During the conversation it was
established that the missing person was possibly the same person as incident 50.
Post Script: this person
was located in Ingleton, North Yorkshire the following day having apparently
25th November 16:00
hrs – 26th November 09:00 hrs. Team
provided cover for the northern part of Rossendale & Pendle MRT’s area while
they attended their Annual Dinner.
Also, on the night of
25th - 26th November
A number of Team members (6) attended a very successful joint exercise with
Kendal MSRT in the Howgills.
01:58 hrs Ormskirk.
Lancashire Police requested Team to search for a missing person in an area of
farmland / open country including a golf course to the east of Ormskirk. On
arrival at the RV the Team was immediately stood down, as the person had been
located safe. (10 Rescue person hours).
The Team was asked to search for a vulnerable male who had become separated from
his wife in woods at the eastern end of Longridge Fell. Extensive searches of
the Kemple End / Chaigley Wood areas were brought to a halt when the person was
located, safe, miles away near the Nick of Pendle. Team stood down at 19:10 hrs
with 25 Team members and one SARDA (England) search dog and handler from the
Cave Rescue Organisation present. Support from Lancashire Police helicopter &
catering unit. Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Urban Search Unit also in
attendance. Other search dog units from the Lakes & Peaks stood down responding.
(90 Rescue Person Hours)
Team again held a Flag Day & Street Collection
The Team would like to thank the people of Lancaster for their continued
14:23 Pendle Hill
Team requested to attend person collapsed with possible cardiac arrest. As this
is not our area Lancashire Police requested to contact Rossendale Pendle Team.
Due to the urgency of this call Team Leader also contacted Rosendale Team Leader
direct to give advanced warning.
08:30 Hrs Rossendale area.
Team Leader contacted directly by Team Leader of Rossendale Pendle Team. They
had the possibility of two missing persons searches at the same time in their
Request was for Bowland Pennine to take the second of the incidents if required.
Team paged to standby with 15 persons and vehicles ready to travel to East
Lancashire. Team stood down at 12:00 hrs as not required.
41. 25th September
13:52 hrs - White Coppice, Chorley.
Team notified of a missing vulnerable male, aged 70 years, who had become
separated from a local Council led group of walkers who had walked to Great Hill
and back. Investigations indicated that the person was very fit and may have
been heading along The Goyt towards Brinscall & Withnell, with a possibility of
also walking the disused railway line heading towards Abbey Village. First
arriving Team members quickly dispatched to follow The Goyt northwards into
Brinscall Woods (Wheelton Plantation), across Anglezarke Moor by the main path
to Great Hill and southwards along the Goyt just in case. Team stood down with
25 persons at RV or on way when person was located safe and well near the
Dresser's Arms Public Hours on the A674 at 15:20 hrs. Extensive Lancashire
police resources involved including 20+ officers, patrol cars checking all the
roads and a search of open moor land by the Police helicopter. (50 Rescue
09.30 - 16.00 hrs Helwith Bridge, Yorkshire Dales.
The Team provided safety cover for the 45th running 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross race
starting at Helwith Bridge in North Yorkshire and taking in the summits of
Ingleborough, Whernside & Pen-y-Ghent. Straight from incident 51 to the Dales
for some of the Team. No major hill incidents to report despite the poor
visibility early on in the race and over 400 competitors this year. At the
finish the usual number of walking wounded with deep cuts to knees & legs, a
possible broken shoulder, a hand injury and a badly lacerated elbow. The Team
also administered First Aid to a number of spectators watching the race. All
advised to attend hospital for x-rays etc where appropriate. (180 Rescue Person
23:49 hrs Aughton near Ormskirk.
Team requested by Lancashire
Police to urgently search for a female, aged 86, missing from a local nursing
home. Person had only been in residence a few days and was confused by new
surroundings. Missing since approximately 20:00 hrs. Lancashire's Police
helicopter was unavailable, so the one from Merseyside had flown over the area
but no heat sources located. Team deployed by foot from the grounds of the
nursing home on to roads and then into fields where the person may have
travelled unhindered. Police support units also deployed on foot but kept to the
road. Person located by two police officers safe but 50 metres into a coppice of
bushes , thickets & briars within 200 metres of the rest home. She had fallen
into a 2 metre deep drainage ditch. Team quickly arrived on scene and rescued
the female from the ditch to the road. She appeared to be OK but was dispatched
in an ambulance to hospital for a check up. Team stood down at 03:10 hrs just as
a light drizzle of rain was starting to fall and temperatures dropping. Two
SARDA search dogs from the Cave Rescue Organisation in Yorkshire also in
attendance. (40 Rescue Person Hours)
08.00 - 16.30 hrs Dunsop Bridge, Forest of Bowland
The Team again provided safety cover for the 3rd British Heart Foundation 'Heart
of England' sponsored walk. One incident to report:
12:10 hrs Whitendale Valley A female,
aged 65, tripped and sustained an ankle injury and was unable
to walk. Location of the incident was in the Whitendale Valley just where the
track starts up to meet the Salter Fell track (also known as the Hornby Road).
Team requested helicopter support but none was available. Team evacuated person,
up hill, some 500m to waiting Team Landrover for transport from the fell.
Interestingly, our mountain bike search unit was incorporating a training
exercise within the event and were able to arrive quickly at the casualty site
from the Brennand area to assist with the carry off. (10 Rescue Person hours).
16.00 hrs Aira Force, Patterdale, Lake District
A Team member who was on holiday in the Lakes joined Patterdale MRT in the
search for a missing vulnerable 24 year old male. Missing in the Aira Force
area. The person was found safe and well by a member of the public and reunited
with relatives. (2 rescue Person hours)
08:27 hrs Borwick near Carnforth.
Team was paged by Lancashire Police FIM to search for a missing 42 yrs old male
from the Borwick area of Lancaster. Reported as suffering depression and mental
health issues who had run off from home at about 06:40hrs.Due to appalling
weather conditions the Police helicopter was not available. Following a briefing
and as the Team was about to deploy initial search parties plus our mountain
bike unit the Police received a report of a distressed person on the outskirts
of Carnforth. Team continued operations until it was confirmed that this was
indeed the missing person and we stood down. (35 Rescue Person Hours)
Today the Tour of Britain Cycle Race passed through the Trough of Bowland past
our Headquarters at Smelt Mill.
20:45 hrs Worden Park, Leyland.
The Team was asked to
search for a missing 23-year-old male, reported as suicidal. Team
requested to search Worden Park and surrounding open land. As the Team
where about to deploy the first search parties from the RV at Runshaw
College news came that the person had been located and we stood down at
22:05 hrs. 23 Team members in attendance with two SARDA search dogs and
handlers on the way from the Cave Rescue Organisation in the Dales.
Support from Lancashire Police helicopter as well. (25 Rescue Person
Team again held a Flag Day & Street Collection in Leyland. Thanks to the
members of the Leyland public for their continued support. Also, today,
the Team was present at the British Aerospace Open Day at Samlesbury
with a Landrover and display of Team equipment. Walking safety leaflets
were distributed to the thousands of visitors.
The Duke of Westminster was
present at our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland where he
officially opened the new Northern Extension. We would like to thank His Grace
for his continued support for the Team.
Borrowdale Fell Race, Keswick, Cumbria
The Team again provided safety cover for this event in the Lake
District. One fell incident to report this year - a competitor sustained
a head injury in the later part of the race. This was bandaged by Team
members and the person completed the race. On the field a further 10
competitors presented themselves at the Teams First Aid station and were
dealt with for the usual minor scrapes and bumps. The Team also attended
a person who had fallen out of an electric scooter into a ditch at the
side of the road. (180 Rescue Person Hours)
Spot Pick Up
13:42 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Stocks, Bowland.
Team paged with a request from Lancashire Ambulance Service to assist an
injured walker located north of Stocks Reservoir. The Team stood down
at 14:26 hrs with vehicles and personnel mobile when it was determined
that the North West Air Ambulance had been able to reach the casualty
and completed the evacuation. (25 Rescue Person Hours)
11:08 hrs Astley Park, Chorley.
Lancashire Police contacted Team Incident Controllers with a request for
the Team to be placed on "standby". An elderly female (70+) had been
seen by a postman walking near the Astley Park area of Chorley, no coat
and very wet (raining hard at the time). When approached to make
sure she was ok, she blanked the postman and disappeared into the park.
Plans made for a search of the park whilst Police enquires made. Team
stood down at 13:30 hrs when no report of missing person received and
Police enquires came to nought.
The Team again held a Flag Day & Street Collection in Preston. Thanks to the
members of the public who generously supported us.
25th July Search
18:53 hrs Hest Bank near Carnforth.
Team requested by
Lancashire Police to search for a missing male, aged 86, described as vulnerable
and suffering from Alzheimer's. Last seen at approx. 15:00 hrs and reported to
police at 17:30 hrs. Teams Incident Control Unit dispatched and preparations
made to deploy Team members along the canal from Lancaster. However just as the
full Team page was about to be made information was received from the incident
POLSA (Police Search Advisor) that, thankfully, the gentleman had turned up
safe. (1 Rescue Person hour)
Team attended an Emergency
Services Display at Morecambe Fire Station and gave a demonstration of our crag
rescue skills from the tower.
31. 21st July
18:54 Hrs Aughton near Ormskirk.
Team requested by Lancashire Police to recover the body of a 21 year old male
from a difficult location in woods near Aughton, Ormskirk. Task completed. (20
Rescue Person Hours)
18:52 hrs Fiendsdale Head, Trough of Bowland.
Team Leader contacted directly
by a Team member concerning a group of Duke of Edinburgh Award participants
overdue in the Bleasdale area of the Trough of Bowland. Report was from a
teacher who was seeking advice on what to do. Informant was located at
Wadecar Scout Camp. By an amazing coincidence Team Leader was only 2 minutes
away from the campsite. Within 5 minutes it was determined that the missing
party consisted of 4 teenage girls, one with special needs, and an adult carer
(who had no fell experience or hill skills of any note). They had been last seen
at 13:30 hrs at Langden Castle and were due to meet with their Teachers again at
16:00 hrs at Hazlehurst Farm and had not appeared. Their route was then to
continue from Hazlehurst and camp overnight at Wadecar. There was concern due to
the very hot weather and a lack of water that the party had. Lancashire Police
(Force Incident manager) contacted and a request made for their Air Support Unit
to contact the Team Leader to discuss options. Team paged and informed to RV at
Wadecar. Six Team members tasked to walk the route from Langden Castle. It was
at this time mobile phone contact was made with the party. They were all OK.
The missing party was able to describe where they were and from the Teams local
knowledge of the area we were able to determine they were at Fiendsdale Head -
still on route but walking very, very slowly at a rate of less than1
kilometre per hour. They were asked to stay put and the Team would come and get
them. Team fell parties made contact with the group and walked them off to
Hazlehurst. One who was walking very slowly was carried on a stretcher the last
half mile. Lancashire Police Air Support Unit remained on standby to backup the
operation but not required. (80 Rescue Person hour)
23:23 hrs Bamber Bridge.
Team contacted by Lancashire Police with a request to search for two missing
females aged 86 & 75. Missing from a local nursing home & reported as suffering
from dementia. Last seen at 20:00 hrs and reported as missing at 21:00 hrs.
Police investigations indicated that one of the women had been a keen walker and
may be able to travel some distance. But, as there was no clear route or
other identified search area it was decided that a search of the nursing home
grounds and surrounding open land was required (following the strategy that if
you don't know where to look start close to the place last seen). Just as the
Team was about to deploy the ladies were located in a distressed state , but
safe - inside a locked lift still within the nursing home! The Team stood down
at 02:00 hrs. (75 Rescue Person hour)
28. 15th July
Spot Pick Up
11:59 hrs - Anglezarke, West Pennine Moors.
Team requested to assist in walking off a person from the moors near Lead Mines
Clough. Air Ambulance had lifted off the injured persons companion and an escort
was all that was required. Team stood down when it was ascertained that
the person had been evacuated in a private 4 x 4. (20 Rescue Person
The Team held a Flag Day & Street Collection in Clitheroe. Thanks to the members
of the Clitheroe public who generously donated.
27. 14th July
08:31 hrs Preston.
Team contacted by Lancashire
Police with a request to search for a missing 8 year old in the Fishwick area of
Preston, Reported as "missing overnight". Team concentrated search on the
open ground and banks of the River Ribble between the London
Road Bridge & the Brockholes Bridge, Fishwick Bottoms including the golf
course, Brockholes Wood and Quarry. This allowed Police Officers to concentrate
on door-to-door enquires and other investigations. Boy was located at 12:30 hrs
in Preston City Centre well away from identified search areas. Extensive assets
used in the search including Police Air Support, Mounted & catering units. Also,
5 SARDA search dogs responding from Kendal MRT, Cave Rescue Organisation & the
Peak District when the search concluded. (130 Rescue Person hour)
15:29 hrs Colne Area
The Team was paged by Lancashire Police at the request of Lancashire Ambulance
Service with an incident that turned out to be at Bull Rock near Colne
(and not Bull Stones which is in our area!). As this was not in the Team's
normal area of operation. Lancashire Police were requested to contact our
neighbouring Team, Rossendale & Pendle MRT. (0.25 Rescue Person hours)
26. 10th July
Spot Pick Up
19:20 hrs - Grindleton near Clitheroe.
Team paged by Lancashire Police with request from Lancashire Ambulance
Service to attend an injured walker in Grindleton. Reported injuries were
broken ankle and fallen in river at Grindelton with difficult access.
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service had also been called and subsequently dealt
with the incident. The Team stood down at 19:57 hrs with two Team members
on scene, three Team vehicles mobile and over twenty persons responding.
(25 Rescue person hours)
25. 26th June Search
00:19 hrs Garstang.
Team contacted by Lancashire Police with a request to search for a passenger who
had left the scene of a road traffic incident in the Ray Lane / Dimples Lane
area south of Garstang. Request was to search fields and canal area around the
incident scene for the person who was thought to be seriously injured following
the car crash, one person unfortunately deceased in the incident. Person located
some hours later at home in Garstang and Team stood down at 05:00 hrs. Police
Air Support Unit & catering support also in attendance. (75 Rescue Person hour)
The Team again held a Flag Day & Street Collection in Chorley. Thanks to the
members of the public who supported us again.
Spot Pick Up
16:57 hrs - Waddow Hall, Clitheroe.
Team paged by Lancashire Police with request from Lancashire Ambulance
Service to attend an injured walker at Waddow Hall. Team was ready to deploy
immediately from our Penwortham vehicle base as we were just putting the
vehicles to bed after the week long safety cover for the Bowland Festival.
However, Team was stood down soon after as the North West Air Ambulance was able
to access the casualty and deal with the incident. (0.5 Rescue
24. 6th June
Spot Pick Up
15:39 hrs - Anglezarke Quarry, West Pennine Moors.
Team contacted by Lancashire
Police with report from Lancashire Ambulance Service of a climber fallen in
Anglezarke Quarry. Injuries reported as a broken ankle. Team attended and
evacuated casualty to waiting ambulance. NWAA in attendance again but not used.
(24 Rescue person hours)
23. 6th June
First Aid / Assistance 10:50
hrs - Dunsop Bridge, Trough of Bowland.
Whilst providing safety cover for the Bowland Festival and at the request of
Lancashire Ambulance the Team attended to a person (not involved on Bowland
Festival events) with a dislocated ankle in the river at Dunsop Bridge. Patient
handed over to land ambulance crew. North West Air Ambulance in attendance. Team
members assisted with the load of the casualty onto then aircraft. The casualty
then flown to Royal Preston Hospital. (1 Rescue person hours)
2nd June - 11th
08.00 - 17.00 hrs Forest of Bowland
For the fourth year the Team provided rescue safety cover for hundreds of
walkers and birdwatchers enjoying the Bowland Festival, RSPB moorland safaris &
walks. Excellent weather and the Brewery visit was (again) enjoyed by all. The
Team also gave a number of Mountain Rescue demonstrations of our skills to the
public from our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland. No
incidents to report but excellent weather all week.(Over 9 days this year: Over
250 Rescue Person hours)
22. 2nd June
First Aid / Assistance
12:00 hrs - Beacon Fell Country Park, Forest of Bowland.
Whilst providing safety cover for the Bowland Challenge the Team dealt with a
female who had fallen from a moped sustaining a head injury. Team
administered First Aid and contacted Lancashire Ambulance Service. North West
Air Ambulance in attendance but not used. Patient handed over to land
Ambulance crew. (1 Rescue person hours)
The Team organised and provided safety cover for the inaugural
event as part of this years Bowland Festival. This is a new team navigation
event based in the Trough of Bowland. The event was a great success with
glorious weather and we look forward to seeing all this years competitors
and many more next year.
08:00 hrs - Langdale, Cumbria.
The Team travelled to Cumbria to assist Langdale Ambleside MRT in the ongoing
search for a missing male. Missing now for over six days. Team completed
allotted tasks but nothing found. (70 Rescue person hours)
Unfortunately, on the 7th June the body of a man, believed to be the
missing person, was found in a gully on St.Sunday Crag.
16:50 hrs Rivington.
Team Controllers contacted directly by Bolton MRT's Deputy Team leader
concerning a missing male in the Rivington / Anglezarke Reservoir area.
26 Team members responded to the RV at Knowle House. However, the Team was stood
down shortly after arrival when a body was located in the water by members of
Bolton Team. (26 Rescue Person hour)
19. 22nd May
12:11 hrs Sherwood Area, Fulwood, Preston
The Team requested to
search for a missing female, aged 42, missing from Royal Preston Hospital and
described as vulnerable. 25 Team members responded in poor weather with
torrential rain. Large areas of woodland, fields and stream beds searched
in the Fulwood and Sherwood area between the Hospital and the missing persons
home near the ASDA superstore. Also, a large Police presence and assisted by the
Police Air Support Unit helicopter. The Team deployed it's trainee trailing
search dog and handler for the first time. The person was located safe & well by
Police officers a short distance from the hospital. (125 Rescue Person
21:16 hrs Kelbrook Moor, Earby
The Team was paged by Lancashire Police with a report of 4 walkers, one
with a broken leg in the Earby area . There was some initial confusion as
to the exact location and whether this call out was for us, Cave Rescue or
our neighbouring Team Rossendale & Pendle. On contacting Lancashire
Ambulance Service it was soon realised that this was not in the Team's
normal area of operation. Lancashire Police were requested to contact our
neighbouring Team, Rossendale & Pendle MRT. (0.25 Rescue Person hours)
As part of Garstang Walking Weekend Team members provided fell safety cover for
a group of walkers from Calderbank Country Lodge Hotel out on the nearby Bowland
Fells. Our SARDA Dog Teams gave a demonstration of their skills in then
18. 11th May
01:07 hrs Ashley, South Manchester
The Teams SADRA Dog unit was called to assist Bolton MRT in the search for a
Unfortunately, the body of a man was discovered by members of Bolton MRT.
17. 1st May
13:48 hrs Longridge Fell
The Team Leader was contacted direct by Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager
with a request from Lancashire Ambulance Service to assist a woman who had
fallen and broken an ankle / leg. The location of the woman was on a track deep
within the extensive forest woodland on Longridge Fell. The North West Air
Ambulance had been able to land in a field close to the main track entrance to
the forest but some distance from the casualty. A Team member who was first
on-scene was able to access the fell and transport paramedics to the casualty.
Note - we were able to use our local knowledge of the area and it helps to know
the padlock combinations on the track gates! The casualty was quickly
transported to the road head and loaded into the helicopter by Team members for
the onward flight to Royal Preston Hospital. (20 Rescue Person hours)
01:07 hrs Abbey Village, Darwen Area
The Team was paged by Lancashire Constabulary with a request to search for a
missing male, absconded from Lancashire Ambulance near Abbey Village and
described as vulnerable. On contacting the Force Incident Manager it was
established that the initial task was to search paths from Abbey Village to the
missing persons home in Darwen. As this area is wholly in our neighbouring Teams
area, Bolton MRT, it was suggested that they dealt with the incident. In the end
the man turned up at home and neither Team deployed. (0.50 Rescue Person hours)
16. 30th April
13:01 hrs Grindleton
The Team was paged by Lancashire Police, to assist in the rescue of a person who
had fallen from a horse in the Grindleton area. As the Team was responding we
were informed that the North West Air Ambulance had dealt with the incident.
Team stood down with two Landrovers mobile & 15 Team members responding. (15
Rescue Person hours)
15:40 hrs Pendle Hill
The Team was paged by Lancashire Police to assist in the rescue of an injured
child. On contacting Lancashire Police it was soon realised that this was not in
the Team's normal area of operation and the call was passed to our neighbouring
Team, Rossendale Pendle MRT. (0.25 Rescue Person hours)
15. 8th April Spot Pick-Up
11.30 hrs Charnock Richard
Whilst at our Penwortham vehicle base Team members carrying out routine
maintenance became aware of an incident in the Charnock Richard area. Land
Ambulances and the North West Air Ambulance had deployed to a male apparently
suffering a heart attack in woods. On contacting Lancashire Ambulance service it
was established that access was difficult so a Landrover and crew was dispatched
to assist. However, we stood down when it was confirmed that the incident had
been dealt with by the paramedics on scene. (1 Rescue Person hours)
15:18 hrs Brennand Valley, Dunsop Bridge.
Team paged to assist Lancashire Ambulance Service to what was believed to be a
mountain biker having fallen from his bike in the Brennand Valley area. Our
colleagues from the North West Air Ambulance, Helimed 08, were also in
attendance and had been directed to a point at the top of a gully (Hind Clough /
Ouster Rake) between Whins Brow and Whin Fell. As they had flown into the cas
site they immediately saw the need for mountain rescue and the Team was paged
arrival of the Team, Helimed 08 was able to land on the fell top approx. 200m
from the injured biker and an ambulance paramedic made the climb and traverse
down to casualty.
later amazement he was still alive though very much the worse for wear, with a
suspected wrist fracture, broken nose, facial lacerations and all the attendant
knocks, bangs and contusions associated with an accelerated fall of around
twenty feet into a rock filled gully. His cycling helmet was smashed to bits but
had done it's job - a lesson for others perhaps.
initial observations of the Air Ambulance crew, a decision was taken that
evacuation by winch capable RAF Sea King helicopter would prove beneficial. At
the request of the Team via the Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre (ARCC)
at RAF Kinloss in Scotland, a Sea King was
dispatched from RAF Valley on Anglesey, North Wales to assist.
Due to the
remote nature of the Brennand Valley and the cas site, a communications link
back to Ambulance Control, the Police & RAF Kinloss was established on
Longridge Fell with both multi-channel radio and mobile phone. This proved
Ambulance provided shuttle transport to the cas site from Brennand Farm for Team
personnel and kit, the newer larger aircraft providing an absolutely essential
resource for rapid Team deployment, and the first time it has been used in this
role with a mountain rescue team. It was also able to give the attending cas-site
manager a 'birds eye' view of the situation and a heads up on what the major
evacuation and recovery issues were likely to be. After three shuttle trips all
required personnel and kit were deployed at the cas site. Helimed 08 shut down
on-scene due to fuel considerations.
belay system was put in above the incident for safety and specialist medical kit
was deployed to the casualty. Right on cue Rescue 122 arrived from Valley and
after a brief fly-by also landed on scene.
The RAF winch
operator then attended the cas site and agreed the air evacuation plan with the
Team's cas site manager. The casualty was packaged into a Stokes Litter
stretcher from Rescue 122 and then winched from the cas site into the aircraft.
Team members providing a "high line" to stop the winch man and stretcher
spinning on it's ascent. The onward journey to Royal Preston Hospital taking
about 8 minutes.
paramedic belayed to safety. The Air Ambulance crew then very kindly offered
to return all our equipment to the valley floor, thus saving us the need to cart
it all off the fell - nice one! (40 Rescue Person Hours)
15:10 hrs Rivington.
Leader contacted directly by Bolton MRT Team Leader concerning a missing male in
the Rivington area. Potentially a large area would need to be searched both
around the Rivington area and on Anglezarke Moor as the missing person was an
experienced walker. Team paged to standby pending Bolton MRT incident
controllers obtaining more details. At 16:04 hrs the Team was paged to Call Out
and responded to Rivington. However, the Team was stood down shortly after when
the missing person was located close to the Rivington RV point. (20 Rescue
08.00 - 14.30 hrs Fiendsdale, Trough of Bowland.
once again provided safety cover for the Fiendsdale Fell Race. No
incidents to report (60 Rescue Person hours)
19:25 Hrs Ormskirk.
Leader again contacted direct by Lancashire Police. They had a report of a
vulnerable female patient, aged 50, missing from Ormskirk General
Hospital. Police helicopter already searching water courses in the area as
there was the possibility the missing person may self harm near a water
course. We were requested to search an extensive area of woods & farmland
around the hospital. On arrival at Ormskirk Police station we were greeted
the news that the missing person had just been located by the sea in
Southport, safe, having apparently taken a taxi from the hospital. SARDA
Dog Team from Bolton MRT also responded. (30 Rescue Person hour)
22:10 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Forest of Bowland.
Leader contacted directly by Lancashire Police. They had received a mobile
phone call from 3 persons (2 males & a female) "lost" in Gisburn Forest.
They were reported as tired and cold but located at Martin's Laithe
Shelter. They were told to stay put. Team leader was able to pin point
location of the shelter (which is driveable via forest tracks) and an RV
at Tosside on the Yorkshire boarder arranged. Request made for the Police
helicopter to fly over the area to confirm location of persons but due to
icy & snowy weather conditions ON99 was unable to reach the area. Team
paged to standby with two Landrovers & 4 persons dispatched to the RV.
Radio links established on Waddington Fell & Control vehicle readied just
in case the initial tactic (to simply drive in and pick them up) failed
and a full Team callout was required. Note that this is a massive area and
the last time we searched here it took 2 days with 4 MRT's just to search
the tracks and paths). After negotiating iced and snowed tracks in the
forest the three persons were located at approx, 01:00 hrs. cold but safe.
Hot drinks, food & dry clothing plus a short drive in warm Landrover being
all that was required. (30 Rescue Person hour)
10th March Team members
Calderbank Country Lodge Hotel at Oakenclough who hosted a fund raising
folk night on our behalf. Thanks to all concerned for supporting the
Team in this way.
12.57 hrs Sabden, Pendle Hill
The Team was paged by Lancashire Constabulary, to assist in the rescue of
a person suffering chest pains in the Sabden area. As this is not in the
Team's normal area of operation the call was passed to our neighbouring
Team, Rossendale Pendle MRT, immediately who dealt with the incident.
(0.25 Rescue Person hours)
to walker on hill 16:55 Hrs Mallowdale Pike, Trough of Bowland.
Team paged by
Lancashire Police with a request from a walker (and one other)
apparently lost in the Mallowdale Pike area north of Ward's Stone trying
to return to their car at Caton with concerns that it was getting dark.
Team Controller able to give advice by mobile phone as to direction to
take. Another Team member, who lives 15 minutes away from area,
dispatched and picked them up in the Littledale area then transported
them to their vehicle at Caton.(1 rescue Person hour)
Bad Weather Cover
18:00 Hrs All of Team Area
Further to events of the afternoon, Team requested to remain on
standby by Lancashire Ambulance Service for cover to outlying regions.
One vehicle deployed to Team members home address for tasking to Trough
of Bowland, Longridge, Chipping, Clitheroe and areas north of Preston.
One vehicle deployed to Team members house in Penwortham to cover areas
south of Preston. During the evening northern based vehicle tasked to
attend report of male unconscious at the Inn-in-Whitewell in support of
ambulance from Clitheroe. Ambulance was able to reach casualty and Team
Landrover stood down responding. No further incidents to report and Team
stood down 4th March 12:00 hrs.
8. 3rd March
Major Incident / RTC / Spot Pick Up
12.56 Beacon Fell, Trough of Bowland.
Team paged by Lancashire Police
with a request from Lancashire Ambulance Service to assist with a multi vehicle
RTC on perimeter road of Beacon Fell. Ambulance service unable to reach incident
due to road conditions & prevailing weather. Team vehicles on route received an
update from first Team members on scene that there were no immediate medical
emergencies, but that there were numerous RTC's / trapped persons / crashed
vehicles on the fell road including two Lancashire ambulances, three police
vehicles, a minibus full of children plus a ranger service vehicle. Two of the
vehicle RTC persons were unable to walk, one an MS patient and one confined to a
wheelchair, who would both need stretcher evacuation. All had been caught out by
a sudden and unexpected deterioration in the weather with heavy snow falling
onto already frozen roads with further snow forecast and temperatures expected
to dip as low as minus six degrees. Team members attended with control
established at North Nook Lane. A timetable of the main events was as follows:
One fell party to the visitor centre to assist 12 students, 2 teachers & 3
centre staff. Fell parties tasked to complete clockwise and anti clockwise
hasty searches of the fell road. Radio link established at Carwags Lane junction
for communication purposes.
At Team request Green Man pub at Inglewhite opened as evacuee reception centre
and collection point.
One stretcher case and one carer recovered, evacuated and transported home by
BPMRT member in personal 4 x 4 .
Other stretcher case and carer recovered, evacuated and transported to reception
Once police were able to bring a personnel carrier to Crumbleholme Road, 2
members of the public, 12 students, 2 teachers and 3 Visitor Centre staff walked
off fell / transported by Team vehicles to the waiting transport and then onward
to the reception centre at the Green Man
Just as we
believed the whole incident was coming to a close there was a further request
from Lancashire Police to search for a male missing from a vehicle that had been
trapped on the fell road. The male was known to have left his vehicle and walked
onto the fell to get mobile phone reception. Search of all roads and car parks
undertaken but just on completion of this task, word from the Police was
received that the man and vehicle had been recovered from the fell by a local
farmer and tractor.
events were taking place on Beacon Fell the Team was requested by Lancs
Ambulance to go to assistance of a 24 year old lady who was 25 weeks pregnant,
her sister and two children who had been involved in an RTC near Bleasdale
village. Team Landrover was re-configured for patient transport and despatched
to this ladies assistance, she was recovered as "walking wounded' with minor
injuries to her arm and knee, and transported to the reception centre for onward
transport by 16:50hrs
Team stood down. (80 Rescue Person Hours)
Lancashire Police Helicopter & The North West Air Ambulance were in attendance
early on during the incident but departed to avoid becoming snow bound.
hrs - Gilpin Bridge, Levens.
Team joined Kendal & Duddon Furness Team's in the continuing search for the
missing 22 year old male. SARDA dog handlers, Auxiliary Coastguard & RNLI
inshore craft also joining the search. Operation suspended after an extensive
area around Levens Village and the Lith Valley south to the coast had been
searched. Nothing found. Police enquires continue. (60 Rescue Person Hours)
Also, today the Team attended a Girl Guiding UK Community Action Day at
Penwortham High School (opposite our vehicle base) providing a static
display of the Team's activities. Safety information and advice on
activities in the outdoors was also given to over 400 young persons &
leaders attending the event. (Note that one of the aims of the Team is to
promote safety when out walking and climbing )
Request for assistance
Gilpin Bridge, Levens.
Team Leader contacted direct by Incident Controller from Kendal Mountain
Search & Rescue Team to assist in the ongoing search for a missing 22 year
old male in the Gilpin Bridge / Levens area south of Kendal. Lancashire
Police informed and preparations made for an early start up to the
southern Lake District made. (1 Rescue Person Hour)
03:21 hrs - Preston.
The Team paged by Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager to assist in
the search for a 69 year old male in the Preston area. Person had been
reported missing at 22:00 hrs, having last been seen near his home in
Avenham at about 13:00 hrs. Reported as a wheel chair user unable to walk
any great distance. Team tasked with searching Avenham & Millar Parks.
Mountain rescue phase of the search suspended at 07:30 hrs with search of
the parks completed and no further tasks identified. Teams SARDA dog (and
handler) also assisting in the search. (40 Rescue Person hours).
script: Person located safe & well in Lytham later in the day.
85 Team members, former Team members & friends met at the New Drop Inn ,
Longridge for our annual Chris Mayo Lecture. Chris was a former Team doctor who
was tragically killed in a climbing accident in the Cairngorms some years ago.
This years lecturer was Mark McDermott who gave an account of his motivations &
personal feelings during the third British ascent of Everest without oxygen that
he made in 2001. Mark is an old school friend of our Chairman and we thank him
for a very entertaining lecture and continued support of the Team.
5. 3rd February Search
16:37 hrs - Garstang.
The Team was called to search for a 52 year old male in the Garstang area.
Person had been reported missing earlier in the day and with nightfall
approaching it had been decided by Lancashire Police to step up the
search. However, as the Team was deploying the missing person turned up
safe and well. One SARDA search dog from the Cave Rescue Organisation was
also available. (30 Rescue Person hours).
4. 31st January
10:20 hrs - White Coppice, Chorley.
A joint request was made to Bolton MRT and ourselves by Lancashire Police
to search for a missing 22 year old male. Described as a keen fell runner.
Missing since approx. 02:00 hrs, his apparent route was from his house
in Chorley to White Coppice , on to Great Hill, along Spitlers Edge to
Horden Stoops , over Winter Hill to the gardens at Rivington and back home
to Chorley via the Anglezarke reservoir complex. BPMRT tasked to search
from White Coppice to Horden Stoops and the moors in between, BMRT
concentrating on Winter Hill & the Rivington area. The call was called off
at 16:40 hrs when a positive sighting of the person was made in Blackburn.
Police helicopter, horse ,catering & support unit also deployed. SARDA dog
from Bolton MRT also used. (110 Rescue person Hours).
3. 29th January
13:32 hrs - White Coppice, Chorley.
The Team was contacted by Lancashire Police with a request to assist
Lancashire Ambulance Service. A woman had fallen with a suspected broken
ankle at White Coppice. We were informed that the North West Air Ambulance
had responded to this incident as well but had landed some distance from
the casualty. Team immediately dispatched Landrovers from our Penworthham
vehicle base & our headquarters at Smelt Mill in the Trough of Bowland.
However, on arrival at White Coppice Bolton MRT who had also responded
had arrived before us and we stood down on scene. (20 Rescue Person Hours)
28th January Training Exercise 08:30 - 17:00 Hrs Trough of Bowland. The
Team hosted a major Training Exercise in the Tarnbrook area of the Trough
of Bowland. The "story" was 12 persons had become lost whilst on a
charity walk - a not unrealistic scenario with the increase of this type
of activity in Bowland. Incident Control was run from our Smelt Mill
Headquarters. Over 100 persons involved in this successful day, with all
exercise casualties being found, this tested the inter working of a
number of agencies. Mountain Rescue Teams involved included Kendal & Holme
Valley plus ourselves with smaller contingents from Calder Valley,
Rossendale Pendle & Bolton. SARDA dog handlers from Kendal, Cave Rescue &
ourselves also present. Lancashire Police provided a Support Unit, POLSA
(Search Advisors) and other observers. Lancashire Fire & Rescue
represented by members from their Rope Access Team. North West Air
Ambulance (Helimed 8) & Lancashire Police Air Support Unit (Oscar
November 99) provided support.
2. cont 22nd January Search
07.30 hrs - Yarrow Valley Country Park,
A continuation of incident 3. The Team prepared to continue the search for
the missing female. Extra resources in the shape of Bolton Mountain Rescue
Team joining the search. Members of SARDA who had been in the Lake
District on their annual training assessment also joined the search. The
search continued for most of the day and was concluded when a member of
the public, who had located the woman in Southport, returned the woman to
her home safe. Police Support Unit, horse and catering support as well as
Police helicopter, ON99 also in attendance (135 Rescue person Hours)
21st January Search
22.22 hrs - Yarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley.
was called to search for a 72 year old female missing since mid afternoon
in Chorley. The Team searched through the night concentrating on the open
countryside area of the Yarrow Valley Country Park. Police units
concentrated on the urban areas between the Place Last Seen (PLS) and the
persons home. Team also searched an area of woodland close to the persons
home and a series of ponds in the Eccelston area. At 04:30 hrs the search
was suspended until first light. (100 Rescue person hours)
3rd January Search
hrs - Blackpool. The Team was called to assist in
the search for a patient missing from
Reported as an elderly female suffering from dementia. Missing since
22:30 hrs and suspected as having left the hospital. As details
were being gathered and our incident control vehicle prepared to deploy
the person was located safe and well still on a ward within the hospital . (0.5 Rescue person hours)
1. 2nd January
hrs Parlick Pike, Forest of Bowland. Team contacted by Lancashire Police
Force Incident Manager concerning a missing 14 year old youth, Missing on
open fell in the Parlick / Fair Snape Fell area. He had set off to climb Fair Snape from Fell Foot with his parents and had gone on
ahead. Mist had descended to about 5m visibility and his parents could
not locate him. Reported as having very little kit but had done the route
before. It was anticipated that he would continue onto Fair Snape. Team deployed using various searching tactics
& vehicles onto Parlick, Fair Snape, Fiendsdale Head
& farmland surrounding Bleasdale &
Saddle Fell. Due to continuing bad weather conditions, which were
predicated to get worse though the night & the onset of darkness, Rossendale
Pendle MRT called in to back up the operation. SARDA
search dogs from Cave Rescue, Upper Wharfedale
& Calder Valley Teams as well as our own search dog unit also called.
Search called off when the youth was located safe and well on the main A6
road making his way home. Lancashire Police helicopter, ON99, also in support searched area around Bleasdale but was unable to reach the open moor tops
due to the poor visibility. (140 Rescue Person Hours)