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47. 29th December Spot Pick Up 14.03 Hrs Longridge
Team Paged by North West Ambulance Service to attend a Male with Chest Pains on
Longridge Fell. Team attended scene and assisted with load of patient onto
Helimed 08 for transport to hospital by the NW Air Ambulance Service. (20 Rescue
S15. 29th December Search 03.34 Hrs Nelson.
Contacted by Lancashire Police to help search for a high risk missing person in
the Nelson Area. After initial confusion it was determined that this was outside
our normal operational area and police requested to contact Rossendale and
S14. 28th December Search 16:21 Hrs Mawdesley.
Contacted by Lancashire Police to help search for a high risk missing person in
the Mawdesley area. As we were about to deploy news came that the person had
been locate, safe.
46. 26th December Spot Pick Up 11.12 Hrs Barnsfold
Reservoir, Goosnargh. Team paged by North West Ambulance Service to attend a male who had
collapsed after fly fishing in Barnsfold Reservoir. The team attended to the
collapsed male assisting with his recovery. The male, after making a recovery,
escorted by the team to the main road in his vehicle (with his
daughter driving). (6 Rescue Person Hours)
45. 26th December Spot Pick Up 08:40 Hrs
Clayton Green, Chorley.
Team paged by Lancashire Police to assist NW Ambulance Service. They had an
ambulance stuck due to the very icy roads on a housing estate in Clayton Green
with a patient onboard. Request was to complete the transportation of the
patient to hospital. Team responded with 2 Landrover’s and a number of Team
members who live locally. On arrival, however, Team vehicles used to recover the
ambulance which was able to complete the journey to hospital with the patient.
(6 Rescue Person Hours)
44. 24th December Standby Bad Weather Cover 00:15 –
05:15 Hrs All Lancashire
Following incident 43 it was decided to provide another period of cover for NWAS
as the roads had now become treacherous with ambulance crews reporting
difficulties in accessing incidents. Two Landrover’s again made available. Three
incidents attended with the Team standing down at 05:15 Hrs.
Preston. 00:45 Hrs, Female, Foot injury. Had been carried home by
Foot bleeding, given Entonox,
vacuum splinted injury and transported to
ii) Bilsborrow. 02:00 Hrs, Female, foot injury. Similar incident to
previous one. Foot too cold to get pulse. Given Entonox for pain, injury vacuum
splinted and transported to Royal
Facial injuries. Had fallen down stairs in wheelchair. Ambulance stuck with
patient on board. …. dug, pushed, pulled and shoved the ambulance back to the
(16 Rescue person Hours)
43. 23rd December Spot Pick Up 23:40 Hrs Sunderland Hall
Farm, Balderstone. Team paged by NW Ambulance
Service to assist with a patient with breathing difficulties at Sunderland Hall.
Ambulance crew unable to access due to very icy steep access road. This is on
the edge of our area with our neighbouring Team – Rossendale & Pendle MRT. On
contacting Ambulance control for further information a second request was made
to a further incident in Burnley. Team Leader
of RPMRT contacted and informed we were attending Balderstone. RPMRT went off to
the Burnley incident. Team members responded to
this incident but were stood down about 10 minutes away when it was determined
that the casualty had been evacuated by a farm vehicle up to the waiting
ambulance. (6 Rescue Person Hours)
42. 22nd December Standby Bad Weather Cover 00:00 - 23:59 Hrs
A third day of support to NWAS. Team eventually stood down to normal pager
response just after midnight on 23rd December
completing a 56 hour period of continual operations with 40+ incidents responded
too. One Landrover was returned to our Penwortham vehicle base with the other
being left at NWAS Ambulance Control at Broughton near the M6/M55 junction
providing faster access should it be required again. Twenty incidents
i) Rawtenstall, 00:30 Hrs, Female, Elderly, Head injuries. Ambulance
unable to access, paramedics on scene. On arrival it was decided to use a
private 4 x 4 for the comfort of the patient for transport to hospital and we
ii) Haslingden, Female, 15, Broken ankle. Ambulance unable to access
home (downstairs basement flat, steep & very icy road). Paramedics on scene.
stretcher used to evacuate casualty down street to waiting ambulance. Escorted
iii) Brierfield, Male, Elderly, Multiple fits. On arrival NWAS crew
already on scene. But ambulance stuck at bottom of short steep hill. 2nd
ambulance requested. Patient evacuated to 2nd ambulance. Team then
recovered 1st ambulance back to operational use.
iv) Longridge, 03:30 Hrs, Male, Elderly with breathing difficulties. Patient given Oxygen by NWAS crew and
recovered. Patient refused transport as had scheduled appointment later in day.
Ambulance in difficulty on steep ground so escorted ambulance at crews request
to less steep ground.
Blackburn, 05:00 Hrs, Female,
Elderly, Head wounds. On arrival ambulance on scene but could not get out.
Casualty being loaded into 2nd ambulance. Original ambulance
recovered to operational use by team.
vi) Ribchester, Male, 38, Unconscious. Stood down on scene as
ambulance able to access.
vii) Rawtenstall, Female, Elderly, Overdue dialysis. Ambulance had
not been able to reach for two days due to ice and snow on road. Placed on bell
stretcher and sledged to waiting ambulance some distance away.
viii) Rawtenstall, Female, Elderly, Condition unknown. Stood down
responding as ambulance managed to gain access.
ix) Rawtenstall, Female, Elderly. Patient placed on bell stretcher
and again sledged to waiting ambulance some distance away
x) Padiham. Paramedics RRV stuck on iced-up hilly road. Recovered
vehicle and returned it to operational use.
xi) Grizedale Fell, Wyresdale. Male, 94, Difficulty Breathing COPD.
Met single paramedic at scene in hired 4 x 4. Evacuated on Vac mat to team
vehicle then transported 4km to waiting ambulance
xii) Broughton Ambulance Station,
Broken down car blocking entrance to Ambulance station. Car removed.
Simonstone, Burnley. Male, 65, Collapsed. On teams arrival paramedic
and ambulance crew unable to evacuate to ambulance some distance away. CPR in
stretcher used to evacuate through housing estate to ambulance. Sadly, person
pronounced dead shortly after arrival at
Hospital. Team returned
from hospital to paramedics vehicle and recovered it back to operational use.
Team’s thoughts are with deceased friends and family.
xiv) Lower Darwen. Male, 81, Urinary problems. Ambulance crew unable
to reach house. Transported by team vehicle. Patient & his wife driven to
Royal Blackburn Hospital
in team vehicle/
? Spinal injuries. Team responded to young person reported with spinal injuries
within school grounds. Full team page put out for team members local to the
incident to attend. Stood down by first team member on scene as injuries not as
serious as first thought and ambulance crew had accessed.
xvi) Clitheroe. Male, Adult, Head injury. Fallen on ice. Diverted
whilst on route as NWAS had accessed to following …
xvii) Paythorn. Female, Adult, Fitting. Team assessed casualty as
NWAS ambulance arrived. Anxiety attack
diagnosed. Patient calmed and left at home. Escorted ambulance back to gritted
xviii) Clitheroe. Requested to move in direction of Clitheroe to
support ambulance crew but stood down
xix) Barnoldswick. 20:35 hrs, Male. Team attended house to find
person near collapsed. Stated he did not feel well.
Asked if he could move to team vehicle but vomited and collapsed.
Recovered to previous state within five minutes. Paramedic backup requested but
none available. Then the story came out – had been involved in RTC previous day
but had presented at hospital and said he fell on ice leaving with a few
stitches. Decision made to transport to
Airedale General Hospital
near Skipton meeting with paramedics on route. However, delivered direct to
hospital where diagnosed with internal bleeding and sent immediately to theatre.
Person made full recovery.
xx) RTC. While returning from Skipton team witnessed a RTC where a
car hit a bridge. No injuries but area made safe with blues on the vehicle and
handed over to police.
(96+ Rescue Person Hours)
41. 21st December Standby Bad Weather Cover 00:00 – 23:59 Hrs
The second day of cover to assist NW Ambulance Service. Conditions worsening
across the whole are and indeed across the country in general. Thirteen
incidents attended of which brief details are outlined below:
Garstang, Male, Collapsed, chest pains, unresponsive. 1st responder
on scene. Very difficult access & 2nd
Landrover tasked to assist.
Evacuated by team members to Royal Preston Hospital A & E.
ii) Longridge, Patient Transfer. Medical condition. To
Unresponsive? Drunk. Stood down on scene as no task for Mountain Rescue.
iv) Bruna Hill, Garstang, Female,? Stroke. Met paramedic in Rapid
Response Vehicle and transported up steep track to house. Evacuated patient to
Hospital in team vehicle.
v) Clitheroe, Male, 4, Head injury. Stood down responding. Ambulance
able to access.
vi) Brierfield, ?, 69, Chest pains. Stood down responding. Ambulance
able to access.
vii) Stonyhurst, Male, Collapsed. Stood down responding. Ambulance
able to access.
Leyland, 11:15 Hrs, Male, 89, Difficulty breathing. Handed over to
NWAS crew when they arrived.
Burnley, 12:46 Hrs, Female, 35,
Hip problem (? popped out). Carried patient to waiting ambulance some 100m away.
x) Colne, 13:29 Hrs, Female, Elderly, Fallen within house. Carried
patient to waiting ambulance some 150m away.
xi) Stacksteads, Bacup. 14:45 Hrs, Female, Elderly. Unwell, urgent
referral by Doctor. Assessed by MR. Abdominal pain required transport in upright
With MR Landrover
considered not suitable requested ambulance as a better solution.
xii) Waterfoot, 16:00 Hrs, Female, 19, abdominal pains. Patient
xiii) Whitewell Bottom, Rawtenstall, 19:00 Hrs, Female, Patient
transfer from hospital to home (broken leg). PTS had got to bottom of road but
unable to get to patients home. Team able to access and get person back to
(96+ Rescue Person Hours)
40. 20th December Standby Bad Weather Cover 16:00 – 23:59 Hrs
Team contacted by North West Ambulance service to make our 4 x 4 Landrover’s
available to cover the bad weather. Heavy snow and ice had made many roads
impassable with ambulances unable to reach casualties or getting stuck on route.
Over the next 56 hours Team continuously provided two Landrover’s crewed by Team
members in shifts. Some 40+ incidents attended all over Lancashire not just on our own patch. These incidents
involved transporting patients to hospital from remote farms, sledging
casualties from houses down steep icy streets to waiting ambulances on gritted
roads and accessing patients, which normal ambulances could not reach. Injuries
dealt with included the usual falls & slips due to icy paths and roads to the
more serious incidents such as heart conditions, difficulty breathing, a
possible stroke & in one case serious internal bleeding. Eight incidents to
report from this initial period.
18:00 Hrs, Male, Elderly, Collapsed. Responded in support of ambulance. Stood
down at Dunsop
Bridge as ambulance had made it through.
ii) Old Langho, 23:30 Hrs, Male, slipped disc. Initially tasked to
provide IN Morphine on arrival two ambulances on scene. Pain relief provided by
Entonox. Patient evacuated on long board from upstairs bedroom by team members
and ambulance crew.
iii) Haslingden, 00:00 Hrs. Easily, recovered ambulance stuck at
bottom of short cobbled street and returned it to operational use.
Blackburn, Female, Abdominal
pains. Ambulance not able to reach house. Escorted paramedic to house and
evacuated patient to ambulance. Then escorted it to Royal
Blackburn, Male, 48, Breathing
Ambulance not able to
reach house. Escorted paramedic to house than transported both patient &
Accrington, Mall, Fitting.
Ambulance not able to reach house. Escorted paramedic to house but patient
vii) M6 Junction 31a, Road Traffic Collision. Stood down responding.
viii) Parbold, Road Traffic Collision. Stood down responding.
(32+ Rescue Person Hours)
S14. 17th December Standby Bad Weather Cover 22:29 Hrs All of Team
NWAS contacted the Team with an enquiry as to the availability of our 4 x 4
Landrover vehicles due to worsening weather conditions especially in east
Lancashire. Request was for 06:00 hrs the following day. Arrangements made for
the Team to deploy but we stood down at 06:00 hrs as weather had improved and we
were not required.
S13. 24th November Standby Major Incident
08:00 Hrs Cumbria.
Team Leader again contacted by Cumbria MR “Gold”. Another period of bad weather
was expected over the next 24 hours. Team brought to standby again ready to
provide support to other MRT’s in southern Cumbria. Team remained on standby
until 12:00 hrs the following day.
November Standby Search 15:30 Hrs River Lune, Kirkby Lonsdale.
Team leader contacted directly by the
Team Leader of Kendal MSRT. They were searching an area of the River Lune near
Kirkby Lonsdale for a female who had been missing for some days.
River still in very high spate following the period of prolonged bad
weather. Request was to carry out a
more extensive search the following day. However, news came that evening that a
body had been found some miles down stream. The Teams thoughts and sympathies
remain with family & friends of the missing person.
39. 19th November Search
17:26 Hrs Leigh, Greater Manchester.
Teams SARDA dog handlers again called to assist Bolton MRT. A 14-year-old girl
had been reported missing. Stood down en-route when news came that the
girl had been found safe. (2
Rescue Person Hours)
Bolton MRT Incident 82/2009
November Standby Major Incident 11:45 Hrs Cumbria.
contacted by Mountain Rescue “Gold” Commander requesting the Team go to standby
ready to support other Mountain Rescue Teams dealing with extensive flooding
incidents throughout Cumbria. Team remained on Standby for 36 hours but did not
38. 28th October Search 11:59 hrs Fulwood Area,
Team paged by Lancashire Police to
mount an urgent search for a missing female described as vulnerable in the
Fulwood area of Preston. It was soon realised that the missing person was the
same person as incident 22/2008. An extensive search of local footpaths,
farmland and woods plus the area where the person was located previously was
undertaken. Teams trailing & area search dogs used.
The initial Team response being complemented by other Team members as
they became available in the late afternoon. 27 members taking part in the
search effort. Team stood down at 22:00 hrs with nothing found having completed
a search of a very large area around the persons home & areas that she was known
to visit. Search areas overlapping with incident 36/2009. Whilst returning
vehicles to our Garstang base Team members met with Police Officers who had just
received a report of body on the railway line at Bilsborrow about 7 Km north of
the search areas. Unfortunately this turned out to be the missing person. The
Teams thoughts and sympathies are with the missing persons family & friends at
this time. (240
Rescue Person Hours)
37. 27th October Search 08:00 hrs River Ribble, Preston.
Monday 26th October a male was seen to enter the River Ribble at
Avenham, Preston. An immediate search of the area was undertaken by the
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service and the Police helicopter but nothing was found
and the search was suspended at last light. The Team was requested to join the
Police Underwater Unit and resume the search the following day. An extensive
area of both banks was searched above and below the last known position of the
The requirement to
search upstream being due to the tidal nature of the river at this point.
Nothing found and it is feared that the person had been carried much further out
into the estuary. Our 4th search in this area so far this year. See
also incidents 27, 28 and 35.
(64 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: The missing person remains outstanding.
36. 23rd October Search
08:00 hrs Broughton / Whittingham Area, Preston.
Team contacted some days previously by Lancashire Police to
assist in a search for a male, aged 31, who had last been seen 3 weeks ago in
the Whittingham Lane area of Preston and was giving concern for his safety. Team
was requested to assist as the intention was to search a large area around the
PLS (Place Last Seen). Due to the size of area it was decided to request
assistance from neighbouring Teams. Some 45 Mountain Rescue Team members from
Bolton MRT, Rossendale & Pendle MRT, Kendal MSRT, Duddon Furness MRT, Langdale
Ambleside MRT & ourselves plus search dogs from SARDA (Lakes & England) carried
out an extensive search of fields, woods, streams & farmland.
Lancashire Police provided 50 officers including horse, dog, air &
underwater support units plus catering. Nothing was found. Thanks to all at
Broughton & District Hall for allowing us to set up an Incident Control Room in
their building. (190 Rescue Person Hours)
Some weeks later the missing person contacted his family to say he was safe and
living in London.
35. 4th October Search
20:04 hrs River Ribble, Preston.
Team requested to assist in an urgent
search of the River Ribble at Preston. Our third visit to this location recently
(see incidents 27 & 28). Two fishermen had reported speaking to a female
swimming in the river at Church Deeps and contacted the Police, as they were
concerned for her safety. On arrival we joined a large contingent from
Lancashire Police, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service including their Swift Water
Rescue team and a major Incident Command & Control vehicle plus two HART
(Hazardous Area Response Team) and a number of other vehicles from NW Ambulance
Service. Police Helicopter had searched the river.
Team searched the riverbanks from Penwortham to the London Road Bridge
supported by an F&RS boat on the river. Team also carried out a second search of
the riverbanks by Church Deeps upstream of the London Road Bridge (the first
search being completed earlier by the Fire & Rescue Service). All Emergency
services stood down just after midnight with nothing found.
(64 Rescue Person Hours)
Police and the Fire & Rescue Service carried out further searches the following
day but nothing found.
September Search 19:00 Hrs Dunham Massey, Greater Manchester.
Both of the Teams search dogs and handlers again assisted Bolton MRT in the
search for a missing female in the Dunham Park area of South Manchester. Stood
down just after midnight with nothing found. Sadly, the woman’s body was found
the following day.
(6 Rescue Person
MRT Incident 76/2009
September Search 14:00 Hrs Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan.
The first of two callouts in as many days where the Teams SARDA dog handlers
assisted Bolton MRT in a search for a missing female.
A member of the public found the woman, safe. (2
Rescue Person Hours)
MRT Incident 75/2009
September. Yorkshire Dales.
once again provide safety cover for the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross in the Yorkshire
Dales. The usual array of cuts and bruises presented at our First Aid station at
the finish line. Just one hill incident this year and in an almost
identical location to one of last years incidents:
September Spot Pick-Up 12:00 hrs Whernside.
descent from Whernside a male fell from his bike and dislocated his shoulder.
The person was treated by the Team and then walked to a waiting Team Landrover
for a short journey to a waiting land ambulance at Ribblehead. (1 Rescue Person
31. 6th September Spot Pick-up 16:33 Hrs Jenny
Brown Point, Silverdale.
Team requested by the NW Air
Ambulance to assist with a female who was reported to have fallen from cliffs in
the Jenny Brown Point / Jack Scout area of Silverdale. Team stood down almost
immediately when it was determined that land ambulance crews had been able to
30. 30th August Search
11:08 hrs Hornby, Lune Valley.
Team requested to search for a missing female in the Hornby area.
This involved a search of the area around Hornby & Gresshingham in the
Lune Valley including woods, extensive areas of farmland and the banks of River
Lune as far as the tidal reaches at Lancaster. Sadly, the body of the missing
person was located some hours into the search. This multi agency response
included water rescue & urban search units from Lancashire F&RS, hovercraft &
inshore lifeboats from the RNLI, Lancashire Police Air support unit & Police
dogs. Villages searched by Police Officers & PCSO’s with Lancashire Police
providing catering facilities. The mountain rescue effort from the Team was
supported by 5 search dogs and handlers from SARDA - 2 SARDA (England), 2 SARDA
(Lakes) & 1 SARDA (Wales). The Teams sympathies are extended to the missing
persons family. (180 Rescue Person Hours).
29. 25th August Search 19:30 Hrs Trafford,
One of the Teams search dogs and handler assisted Bolton MRT in the search of
open ground and water near the Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester. Sadly,
this resulted in the discovery of the body of an 11-year-old boy by BMRT.
(2 Rescue Person Hours)
MRT Incident 67/2009
28. 16th August Search 13:57 Hrs River Ribble, Preston.
A return to almost the same ground as the previous incident. Team requested to
search for a 12-year-old boy who was giving cause for concern for his safety.
Search of the banks of the River Ribble & Fishwick Ponds to the M6 motorway
bridge at Brockholes. With the missing boy being a keen fisherman the Team was
also tasked with searching a number of local ponds in the area. The missing
person was located, safe, within the designated search areas at Avenham Park by
Police officers shortly after 16:30 hrs.
(45 Rescue Person Hours)
27. 14th August Search 16:50 Hrs Ribbleton, Preston.
Team requested by Lancashire Police to search for a vulnerable male described as
suicidal. Team Incident Controllers set up a base at Preston Police Station
where it was decided search dogs would be used to cover the identified areas.
The Teams two dogs and handlers were supplemented by two dog units from SARDA
(LAKES) & one from SARDA (ENGLAND). Team members provided navigation and support
for the dog handlers. The search was stood down when the missing person returned
to his home. (40 Rescue Person Hours)
S10. 8th August Standby Search 23:34 Hrs Warton Crag near Carnforth.
Team Controllers paged with a report of a group of five walkers lost in the
Warton Crag area. Mobile phone contact was made with the group and they had
managed to sort themselves out with directions back to their car from a local
Team Controllers remained on
standby until it was confirmed they were all safely away. (4 Rescue Person
26. 7th August Search 22:13 Hrs Warton near Preston
Team Leader contacted directly by a Missing From Home Incident Manager from
Lancashire Police requesting advice.
They had a missing 76-year-old female in the Warton area. As the potential
search area contained salt marsh & coastline it was suggested the Coastguard SAR
could also assist. Team also responded and searched an extensive area of paths,
woods & farmland. The Team stood down at 05:40 hrs with the missing person still
outstanding and with preparations to return later to search new areas. At
approx. 09:30 hrs the person was located by Police towards the centre of
(35 Rescue Person
25. 6th August Search 08:30 hrs
The Teams two dog handlers and dogs, with an additional two dogs &
handlers from SARDA (LAKES) assisted Lancashire Police with a search in
Blackburn area. (14 Rescue Person Hours)
24. 1st August Spot Pick-up 20:52 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Trough of
Lancashire Ambulance Service were having difficulty accessing a Mountain Biker
who had fallen on one of the trails in Gisburn Forest. However, the Team stood
down responding when if became apparent that access had been gained and the
casualty had been recovered to the waiting ambulance.
23. 18th July Search 20:58
Hrs Llangefni, North Wales.
dog handlers and dogs, whilst on training in North Wales, were called by SARDA
(WALES) to assist in a search for a missing 63-year-old male. The person was
found, safe by SARDA (WALES). (4 Rescue Person Hours)
22. 15th July Spot Pick Up
Team requested to assist NW Ambulance Service with a male
with a dislocated knee in the Anglezarke area.
Casualty evacuated to waiting ambulance. (10 rescue person Hours)
July Search 20:58 Hrs Blackpool. Team Leader contacted direct by a
Missing From Home Incident Manager from Lancashire Police requesting advice.
They had a missing 10-year-old male in the Blackpool area. Missing since 19:30
hrs and giving cause for concern. A quick look at the map revealed that the area
around the missing persons home was mostly urban but close to the shore and near
a golf course. Police advised to request Coastguard SAR to assist with search of
the shoreline. It was decided to deploy the Teams Trailing dog unit to the
persons home to try to determine a direction of travel whilst the Teams other
search dog unit was tasked to the golf course (a relatively small area in MR
terms). A Landrover and crew of four persons deployed to backup the dog units.
Other Team members remained on standby should the incident escalate. Team stood
down shortly after arrival when the missing boy was located, safe, on the
promenade near the centre of Blackpool.
(24 Rescue Person Hours)
July Spot Pick Up 10:31 hrs
Fell Foot near Chipping.
Team paged by North West Ambulance
Service with a report of a crashed parapenter near Fell Foot. The male casualty
had sustained a broken arm and the Team assisted with his evacuation to the
waiting North West Air Ambulance.
(14 Rescue Person Hours)
July Standby Search 03:15 Hrs Abbeystead, Trough of Bowland. During
incident 19 below Team Leader received a request to re-locate to another
incident in the Abbeystead area. This incident considered a major priority with
two adults in immediate danger. However, it was decided to remain on task at
Rossall and we requested our colleagues in Rossendale Pendle MRT to assist ay
Abbeystead. Team Leader of RPMRT in turn requested Bolton MRT to attend as well.
Both Teams however stood down soon after 06:00 hrs when missing couple
19. 5th July Search 00:44
Hrs Rossall Point, Fleetwood Request from
Lancashire Police to search for a 10-year-old girl.
She had not returned home from visiting a friend the previous evening. Due to
the Team having 20 members away on helicopter training at RAF Valley in Anglesey
a request was made to Lancashire Police to turn out Coastguard SAR to cover the
shoreline allowing us to concentrate on the golf course at Rossall.
Nothing found and team stood down at 05:00 hrs with the person
(36 Rescue Person
Post Script: Girl located at 09:00 hrs when returned
home after spending night with relative!
18. 30th June Spot Pick Up
Whitewell, Trough of Bowland.
Team requested to assist NW Ambulance
Service with a farm worker who had sustained chest injuries. Team assisted with
evacuation of casualty into a land ambulance for a short journey to the waiting
North West Air Ambulance.
Rescue Person Hours)
June Search 17:52 Hrs Poulton-le-Fylde.
Request from Lancashire Police to search for an
82-year-old female described as high risk, vulnerable and giving cause for
concern as possibly missing overnight. A search of woods and open ground near
residential home person was missing from required.
Stood down shortly after first search teams were deployed as person
was located in an open field towards Skippoll outside
of immediate search areas. Team deployed 18 persons including two search dogs
and a further search dog on route from the Cave Rescue Organisation in
Yorkshire. Police helicopter assisting with the operation. (36 Rescue Person
June Spot Pick Up 14:10 hrs
Whins Brow, Trough of Bowland.
Team paged by NW Ambulance Service with a report of
a female collapsed at Whins Brow in the Trough of Bowland. Air Ambulance not
available immediately. Team responded with 20 persons and 2 vehicles, initially
approaching the scene from the both the road at Trough House
& the Brennand Valley. The patient was located on the Ouster Rake track,
treated by Team members and paramedics from the North West Air Ambulance, which
had arrived on scene. Team then
carried the casualty, up hill, some 400m to the waiting helicopter.
The person was then transported to the Royal Preston Hospital.
(40 Rescue Person Hours)
incident occurred in almost the same location as Incident 24 / 2008
& Incident 14 / 2006
15. 13th June Local Incident 12:00 hrs
Chorley Town Centre.
Whilst on a
Street Collection in Chorley Town Centre a team member attended to a member of
the public who had collapsed in a shop. A second team member assisted with
medical equipment from one of our vehicles that was parked nearby. Both team
members remained with the person and handed her over to NW Ambulance paramedics
when they arrived. (0.5 Rescue
14. 12th June Search 21:34
Hrs Ribbleton, Preston. Request from Lancashire
Police to search for an 18-year-old male described as high risk and vulnerable.
Search of woods and banks of River Ribble required. However, Team stood down on
arrival as person located quite close to the Place Last Seen hiding in a van!
(17 Rescue Person Hours)
13. 6th June
Search 11:40 Hrs Longsight Park, Bolton.
The Teams SARDA search dog Floss and handler assisted Bolton MRT with a search
for an 87 year old female in the Longsight park area of Bolton (5 Rescue Person
MRT Incident 41 / 2009
12. 1st June Spot Pick Up 02:30
Springs Woods, Skipton.
A Team member assisted Upper
Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team with a female who had collapsed and was lapsing into
unconsciousness in woods near Skipton
(2 Rescue Person Hours
Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team
Incident 16 / 2009
11. 1st June
Spot Pick Up 12:26 hrs
The Snab, Aughton Request from the
North West Air Ambulance for a Mountain Rescue Team with a Bell stretcher. It is
unusual to get such a specific request but does illustrate the excellent inter
agency working relationships that exist and the benefits of joint training
exercises. A male, walking the Lune Valley Ramble had fallen and sustained a
lower leg injury in woods near The Snab on the banks of the River Lune. This was
some distance from where the Air Ambulance had landed. Team evacuated the
injured person to the waiting Air Ambulance for onward transport to the Royal
Lancashire Infirmary. (15
Rescue Person Hours)
10. 29th May Rock Scrambling
13:41 hrs Crib y
Ddysgl, Snowdonia. A Team member whilst out scrambling on Crib Goch / Crib y
Ddysgl came across an incident where a 15-year-old female had fallen some 10
metres and sustained head & wrist injuries.
Team member requested a Sea King helicopter and support from the local
MRT (Llanberis). Casualty winched from the ridge by Helicopter Rescue 122 from
RAF Valley and evacuated to a hospital in Rhyl. Thanks to the 5 members of the
public who assisted with this incident.
(2 Rescue Person Hours)
May Standby Search 12:01 Hrs Red Scar near Preston. Request to search for
vulnerable male. Team brought to standby and Team Incident Controller attended
the Police Incident Control. However, mobile phone cell sightings indicated
person was in an urban area. There being no suitable area for us to search we
stood down. (1 Rescue Person Hours)
9. 18th April Spot Pick Up 02:30 hrs
Roeburndale, Trough of Bowland.
Direct page to Team from NW Ambulance Service requesting one of
Teams 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances to escort paramedics to the camping barn in
Roeburndale. A male camper had sustained a severe head injury. Landrover’s and a
small support group of Team members duly dispatched to Roeburndale. However, on
arrival it was determined that the injured person had been recovered on a local
farmers quad bike & trailer. So all back to bed. (10 Rescue Person Hours)
8. 6th April Search 19:21 Hrs Blackpool Victoria
request of the year to search for a patient missing from a local hospital (see
S5 below). This time at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Team Incident
Controller immediately dispatched to hospital to liase with Police Search
Manager and confirm that a thorough search of the hospital had been undertaken.
It was decided to dispatch Teams trailing dog unit to determine if person had
left the building and ascertain a direction of travel. Due to the inclement
weather full Team brought to standby and them paged to attend. However, soon
stood down when person found locked in a cupboard within the building! (25
Rescue Person Hours)
7. 22nd March Search 12:30 Hrs Brigsteer, Cumbria.
Second request of the month from Kendal MSRT for our dog units to assist in a
search. A missing elderly female was giving concern for her safety. Located,
safe, quite close to her home. (4 Rescue Person Hours)
MSRT Incident 13 / 2009
S7. 21st March Search 09:27 Hrs Whittingham, Goosnargh
Request from Lancashire Police to search for a
vulnerable female missing since the previous evening. As contact was being made
with Police Search Advisors and a plan of action determined the news came that
the person and been located well out of potential search areas in the centre of
6. 17th March Search 10:10 Hrs Troutbeck Area,
Trailing dog Mij and handler assisted LAMRT with a search for a vulnerable male
possibly about to self-harm. (6 Rescue Person Hours)
Ambleside MRT incident 29 / 2009
5. 16th March Spot Pick Up 19:30 hrs
Fell Country Park, Trough of Bowland.
Team paged by Lancashire Police
initially to search Beacon Fell for a missing depressed male. As the Team was
responding information was received that the person had been located some 300m
from the visitor centre. Person was able to walk off to waiting NW Ambulance.
Police helicopter used in initial search. (15 Rescue Person Hours)
4. 10th March Search 18:15 Hrs Witherslack, Cumbria.
Request from Kendal MSRT for our dog units to
assist in a search for a missing 14 year old in the Witherslack area. Search dog
Floss & trailing dog Mij and handlers dispatched. Missing youth located safe by
Police some way outside initial search areas at Holme. (10 Rescue Person Hours)
MSRT Incident 12 / 2009
3 standby search callouts where
the full Team did not deploy:
S6. 5th March Search 23:08 Hrs Warton / Freckleton
Area. Request to search
for missing male, described as vulnerable and high risk. Missing from a caravan
park in Warton since early evening. Significant Police resource including dogs,
support unit and helicopter had searched the area. In MR terms the identified
search area was relatively small. It was decided to deploy our trailing dog unit
to determine a direction of travel and clear a large drainage ditch in the area.
However, as arrangements were being made news came that the missing person had
been admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital some hours earlier having been
found in a distressed state on the main A 584 road.
S5. 26th February Search 01:37 Hrs Royal Preston
Hospital. Request from
Lancashire Police to search the grounds of the Royal Preston Hospital for a male
patient who was missing from one of the wards, last seen at approximately 19:30
hrs. Due to the relative small search area it was decided not to deploy as
enough Police resource available. Person located soon after by Police
investigation at the persons former address in Longridge.
S4. 19th February Search 09:30 Hrs Red Scar, Longridge.
Request to search for a missing vulnerable male in the Red Scar Woods area.
Missing 36 – 48 hours. Missing from the Moor Park area of Preston. Person had a
previous history of going missing and being found well outside local area. It
was felt that further investigation was required before a search could be
mounted. Team Incident Controllers remained on standby pending further
information. Team did not deploy as person located mid afternoon in Windermere
having apparently walked there!
3. 5th February Search 02:30 hrs Great Langdale, Cumbria.
Team Controllers paged with a request to assist Langdale Ambleside
MRT with the continuing search for a missing fell walker in the Crinkle Crags /
Bowfell area, Great Langdale. Team deployed at 07:00 hrs from our Garstang base
to Ambleside. On arrival Team immediately tasked with searches of Crinkle &
Hell’s Ghyll’s with some Team members acting as navigators / support for
SARDA(Lakes) Dog handlers. Unfortunately, a man’s body was located by an RAF Sea
King helicopter. Other Teams involved Keswick, Kendal, Duddon Furness & Wasdale
MRT’s. (50 Rescue Person Hours)
Langdale Ambleside MRT incident 17 / 2009
S3. 1st February
Spot Pick-Up 13:35 hrs Stronstrey Bank, Anglezarke.
Team leader contacted direct by Team Leader of Bolton MRT. They had been paged
by NWAS (Greater Manchester) with a report of a female with a leg injury some
distance from the road at Anglezarke. It was decided to deploy Bolton MRT as
they had 15 persons just outside the area and backed up by Bowland Pennine Team
members from the local area. However, the NW Air Ambulance was able to locate
the casualty and both Teams stood down.
Bolton MRT Incident 8 / 2009
S2. 14th January Standby Bad Weather Cover 14:00 Hrs
All of Team Area With bad weather, high winds and snow expected in
the next 12 – 24 hours a request was received from North West Ambulance Service
(Lancashire) to provide support & backup services. Arrangements made for two of
our Landrover’s to be available to assist if required. No incidents to report.
S1. 5th January Search 14:00 hrs Shevingtion.
Request from Team Leader of Bolton MRT for Trailing Dog Unit to assist with a
search in the Shevington Vale area of Standish for a missing female. Deployed at
17:00 hrs but stood down responding when the news that the missing person had
Bolton MRT Incident 5 / 2009
2. 4th January Search 04:00 Hrs Ashford-in-the Water,
Teams trailing dog handler called with Buxton & Edale MRT’s and SARDA to search
for a young man who had run off from police earlier in the evening when they had
stopped the car he was travelling in. At around midnight he had called in at a
local hotel wearing only his boxer shorts before disappearing into the night.
Teams called as concerns for his safety grew given the cold nighttime
temperature. After a couple of hours of searching he contacted family members
who picked him up. He was checked out by a team doctor and sent to hospital by
Buxton MRT Incident 2 / 2009
1. 1st January Spot
Pick-Up 14:32 hrs Rydal Cave, Rydal, Cumbria.
Two Team members assisted
Langdale Ambleside MRT with a male teenager who had dislocated his knee. (2
Rescue Person Hours)
Ambleside MRT Incident 1 / 2009