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 2010 Incidents, Call Outs and Other Events

Numbered Incidents are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales

'S' Numbers indicate a Standby  and 'D' indicates our SARDA Dog Unit only was used. 

65. 27th December Spot Pickup 08:37 Hrs Eddisford Bridge, Clitheroe. Team paged by NW Ambulance Service to assist with a patient having breathing difficulties.  Land Ambulance unable to access casualties home address due to very icy roads. However, Team stood down with two vehicles mobile and others attending direct when news received the ambulance crew had succeeded in reaching the patient (4 Rescue Person Hours)

64. 25th December Search / Spot Pickup 00:37 Hrs Clough Pike. Team Incident Controllers paged in the early hours of Christmas Day by Lancashire Police it a request to search for a male reported missing in the Clough Pike area. Position initially unknown but person’s iPhone being “tracked” on his home PC by relatives. Police were attending persons home to obtain details. On arrival at the RV on Rigg Lane it was determined that the person was stationary on the hill (or at least the iPhone was). A Police dog handler & two colleagues had gone onto the hill and located the person, semi-conscious and very cold. First Team members on scene commenced first aid for hypothermia, placing the casualty in a Mountain Rescue casualty bag and on mats to combat the effects of lying on cold ground for some time. The person was transferred to a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher and very quickly evacuated to the warmth of a waiting land ambulance for onward transfer to Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Person was semi-conscious all the time.   Evacuation completed at just after 04:10 hrs. (38.5 Rescue Person Hours) 

63 (D). 22nd December Search 18:15 Hrs Whinlatter Pass, Cumbria. Teams trailing dog and handler travelled to the Lake District to assist in a search for a missing female. This time in the Whinlatter Pass area between Keswick & Cockermouth. Dog gave some indications of possible direction of travel but despite extensive searches by local MRT’s and SARDA the person remains outstanding (9 rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. 3rd January 2011. The missing person has still not been located despite extensive searches over the holiday period.

S23. 19th December Standby Search 01:24 Hrs Skelmersdale Area.  Team paged to search for a male who had left a public house some hours earlier and had not returned home. This was out of character and with very cold temperatures outside this was giving cause for concern. However, as we were about to deploy news received that the person had returned home, safe. Team members already responding returned home leaving one 4 x 4 Team vehicle to provide assistance through the night in support of the NW Ambulance Service. 

62.  19th December Standby Bad Weather Cover 00:00 – 06:00 Hrs All Lancashire. Continuing the assistance to NW Ambulance Service into a 3rd day due to bad weather, snow and very icy roads. One Landrover made available through the night. Team stood down at 06:00 hrs with a further 3 incidents undertaken as follows:

i) Chorley. Tasked to free snowbound ambulance. Unknown if casualty on board. Stood down responding when ambulance crew extracted themselves

ii) Preston. Tasked to free snowbound ambulance. Unknown if casualty on board. Stood down responding when ambulance crew extracted themselves

iii) Chorley.  Tasked to free snowbound ambulance. Unknown if casualty on board. Stood down responding when ambulance crew extracted themselves

(12 Rescue Person Hours)

61. 18th December Search 18:31 Hrs Penwortham, Preston. Team requested by Lancashire Police to search for a missing 89-year-old male in the Penwortham area. Missing for approximately 5 hours and thought to be in the area of the Old Tram Way south of the River Ribble / Avenham Park. Outside temperatures close to –10oC. Police helicopter, Oscar November 99 had already over flown the area but no heat sources located. Team requested to search wooded areas. With the Teams 4 x 4 vehicles already committed to supporting NWAS our search dogs & handlers were immediately deployed to the PLS (Place last Seen) to commence the ground search. 10 more Team members responded and arrangements made to collect our Incident Control vehicle from Garstang. Police Support Unit requested to research main road into Preston and commence search of Avenham Park. Thankfully, the missing person was located in the area of Factory Lane, very cold. Those of us not on the 4x4’s returned home to watch the “Strictly” final.    (13 Rescue Person Hours)

60. 18th December Spot Pickup 14:37 Hrs Yarrow Valley, Chorley. Landrover sent by NWAS Control to an incident in Yarrow Valley Country Park. Male, aged 36, slipped on snow and ice sustaining a lower leg injury. It immediately became apparent that extra resources would be required. Team paged and Team vehicles already out giving support to NWAS diverted to the Country Park.  NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 72, also attended this incident being joined by their colleagues on foot from Helimed 08 who were out with us for the day due to their helicopter being grounded. Casualty was packaged onto a Bell mountain rescue stretcher and after an awkward crossing of a footbridge over the River Yarrow was sledged to the waiting Air Ambulance for onward transport to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. (22 Rescue Person Hours 

59.  18th December Standby Bad Weather Cover 00:00 – 23:59 Hrs All Lancashire. Following on from Incident 58 a full day of cover for NW Ambulance Service. Conditions remained very cold with widespread ice throughout the area.  A NWAS Paramedic being allocated to one of our vehicles for the early part of the day. This was followed with us being joined by the paramedics from the North West Air Ambulance that had been grounded at Blackpool due to the bad weather. Team responded to the following 27 incidents: 

i) Ormskirk. Tasked to free snowbound ambulance. Unknown if casualty on board. Stood down responding when ambulance crew extracted themselves

ii) Skelmersdale. Female. Leg injury. Leg injury minor and no need for hospital treatment. Casualty transported short distance to her home.

iii) Skelmersdale. Male. No apparent injury. Drunk. Hoaxer looking for lift home. Ambulance Control informed we would not treat.

iv) Ormskirk. Male. No apparent injury. Drunk. Hoaxer looking for lift home. Ambulance Control informed we would not treat.

v) Ormskirk. Male, 70. No apparent injury. Drunk. Hoaxer looking for lift home. Ambulance Control informed we would not treat.

vi) Skelmersdale. Tasked to free snowbound ambulance. Cas on board. Vehicle freed by Team.

vii) Skelmersdale. Tasked to free snowbound ambulance. Unknown if casualty on board. Stood down responding when ambulance crew extracted themselves

viii) Upholland. Male, 8, MCADD. Tasked to free snowbound ambulance attempting access to an 8-year-old male. Urgent transport of the youngster to Ormskirk hospital in Team Landrover. Returned and recovered land ambulance to Ormskirk Station

ix) Ormskirk. Male, Arm injury, Female, Pregnant in labour. Tasked to free snowbound ambulance. Casualties on board. Vehicle freed by Team

x) Preston, 00:30 Hrs, Male, Laceration to rear of head.  Casualty fallen. Examined, treated and taken to Royal Preston Hospital by land ambulance.

xi) Preston, 01:16 Hrs, Male, Elderly, Multiple medical issues; fallen from bed. Possible TIA as weakness in legs and right arm, which improved over time, also slurring of speech, which also improved. Examined and treated.  Land ambulance transported to Royal Preston Hospital.

xii) Preston, 03:10 Hrs, Male. Query fracture / dislocation of right clavicle / shoulder. Fallen on ice. Examined, treated and taken to Royal Preston Hospital by land ambulance

xiii) Preston, 03:47 hrs, Female, 2, Raised temp and chesty productive cough causing retching. Possible chest infection. Examined, treated and taken to Royal Preston Hospital by land ambulance.

xiv) Bamber Bridge, 05:50 Hrs, Male, Elderly, Difficulty breathing & COPD. Examined, treated and taken to Royal Preston Hospital by land ambulance

xv) Skelmersdale. Tasked to free snowbound ambulance. Unknown if casualty on board. Stood down responding when ambulance crew extracted themselves

xvi) Skelmersdale, Female, patient transport required dialysis. Tasked to transport snowbound female from home to Liverpool Waterloo Hospital for overdue dialysis appointment

xvii) Walton-le-Dale, Female, 86, Fallen. Transported to Royal Preston Hospital in Team vehicle.

xviii) Hutton, Male, Leg injury. Casualty had slipped and injured leg. Refused transport on Team vehicle and was driven to Royal Preston Hospital by wife in own transport

xix) Preston, Male, 75, Difficult breathing & acute diarreah. Checked by paramedic and loaded onto NWAS land ambulance.

xx) Leyland, Male, 70, Head injury & query broken ribs. Taken to hospital by land ambulance

xxi) Preston, Child, 8, High temperature. Transported to Royal Preston Hospital by NWAS RRV

xxii) Chipping, Female, Back pain. Stood down responding

xxiii) Yarrow Valley. Splinted & given Entonox. Full Team page initiated and other Team vehicles diverted to this incident. Transported short distance to waiting Helimed 72 for transport to Blackburn.  Team Incident 2010/60 above.

xxiv) J8, M61, Female, RTC. Car down motorway embankment. Remarkably, no injuries.

xxv) Chorley, Female, 30 ish, Right ankle injury. Treated with crepe bandage, advised to take pain relief, rest and attend hospital if it didn't get better. No need for hospitalisation. Land ambulance cancelled.

xxvi) Chorley, Female, 25, Cut hand & eye injury. Female, 25. Head injury. An assault. Police incident. 1st  casualty lacerated hand & glass in eye due to being dragged through smashed window. Transported to A & E in Team vehicle. 2nd  casualty head injury after being hit with the iron bar that smashed window! Transported to A & E in Police 4 x 4.

xxvii) Chorley, Female, 85, Back pain. Also advanced dementia & poor mobility. Observations taken & eventually transported to A & E via High Dependency PTS vehicle.

 (144 Rescue Person Hours)

58.  17th December Standby Bad Weather Cover 21:34 – 23:59 Hrs All Lancashire. Following severe snowfall and low temperatures a request was received from North West Ambulance Service to make our 4 x 4 vehicles available to support their operations. A number of ambulances already having difficulty getting to casualties and transporting them to hospital. Three vehicles made available. Most of the problems were in West Lancashire to the south and west of Preston to Merseyside. Two Team vehicles moving to the Ormskirk / Skelmersdale area with one remaining in the Preston area. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

57. 4th December Search 09:00 Hrs Ambleside, Cumbria. 20 Team members travelled to Ambleside to assist Langdale Ambleside MRT in the ongoing search for a missing female. Winter conditions prevailed with low temperatures, poor visibility and a fresh covering of snow.  Allocated Loughrigg and areas around Great Rigg searches continued all day until 16:00 hrs when the Team stood down with the person still outstanding. Dogs from SARDA (LAKES, ENGLAND  & WALES) assisting plus Duddon Furness MRT.  (160 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script: Sadly, we were informed that the body of the missing person was recovered by Langdale Ambleside MRT from near the summit of Stone Arthur on 14th December.

3rd December 12:30 hrs. Team Leader contacted directly by the Team leader of Langdale Ambleside MRT requesting our assistance the following day with the continuing search for a missing female (Incident 56)

56. 1st December Search 14:00 Hrs Ambleside, Cumbria. Teams trailing dog and handler travelled to Ambleside to assist in the ongoing search for a missing female. Missing for some days and giving cause for concern due to the snow and cold temperatures. Dog gave some indications of possible direction of travel but despite extensive searches by local MRT’s and SARDA(Lakes) the person remains outstanding.       (8 Rescue Person Hours)

S22. 2nd November Standby Search 17:31 Hrs Blackburn Area.  Team paged to an urgent search for a 7 year-old-male missing male. Team brought to immediate standby with 14 persons available. Contact made with Rossendale & Pendle MRT as this is within their operational area and to inform them of our immediate availability.  Thankfully, news received before we could deploy that the youngster had been located, safe.

55. 28th October Search 23:49 Hrs Leyland. Team requested by Lancashire Police to assist in the search for a 79 year old male who was giving concern for his safety.  Initially, the Teams air scenting and trailing search dogs deployed. Followed up by the rest of the Team searching an extensive area of ground including farmland, woods and the River Lostock. The Team deploying bank and swift water specialists. Stood down at 05:00 hrs with all allocated tasks completed but with the missing person still outstanding.  Unfortunately we received news a short while later that the missing person had been found, deceased, outside of search areas.  Our sympathies are with family and friends of the missing person at this sad time.  (95 Rescue Person Hour)

S21. 21st October Standby Search 01:16 Hrs Fulwood, Preston. Lancashire Police requested assistance in the search for an elderly male in the Fulwood area.  On consulting with the Police MFH (Missing From Home) Manager all identified tasks were well covered by available Police resource and it was decided to wait until first light before considering an MR response. Fortunately, the missing person was found, safe, at approximately 05:00 hrs well outside of the immediate search area in Preston trying to make his way home and we did not deploy.   (1 Rescue Person Hours)

54.   17th October Spot Pickup 14:27 Hrs Nicky Nook near Garstang. Team redirected from attending at Parlick Pike (Incident 53) to assist a male walker, aged 70, who had collapsed with a possible heart attack. NW Air Ambulance (Helimed 72) also tasked to assist.  Sadly on arrival it was determined that the casualty was deceased. The Team carried the gentleman from the hill. Teams thoughts and sympathies lie with relatives & friends of the deceased at this time. (54 Rescue Person Hours)

53.   17th October Spot Pickup 14:08 Hrs Parlick Pike near Chipping.Team received a page direct from NW Ambulance Service to assist NW Air Ambulance (Helimed 08) with a crashed hang glider pilot near the summit of Parlick Pike. Team was able to respond immediately as some 20 Team members in Team vehicles were returning from our annual new trainee weekend at our Smelt Mill HQ, in the Trough of Bowland.   However, the team was diverted to incident 54 whilst on route. One team vehicle and 5 team members continued to this incident, confirmed that the Air Ambulance did not require any assistance and then carried on to Nicky Nook. (24 Rescue Person Hours)

52.   7th October Spot Pickup 15:16 Hrs River Hodder near Longridge. Team received a page direct from NW Ambulance Service to provide back up to a land ambulance and the NW Air Ambulance (Helimed 72) attending a female who had fallen with a suspected broken ankle.  The location of the incident was in woods on the banks of the River Hodder near Ryddings Farm. As the Team was arriving on scene Helimed 72 departed to a higher priority incident. This left the Team to carry the casualty about 1 Km out of the woods and across fields to the waiting land ambulance.    (24 Rescue Person Hours) SD 698 401

S20. 2nd October Standby Search 21:04 Hrs Tewitfield near Carnforth. A request was received from Lancashire Police to search for a male who was giving cause for concern.  Team brought to standby but as the full page was about to go out we received the news that the missing person had been found by Police Officers close to the PLS (Place Last Seen). He was semi-conscious but safe.   (1 Rescue Person Hours)

51.  25th September Spot Pickup 13:10 Hrs Denham Quarry, Chorley. Team requested by NW Ambulance Service to assist a climber who had fallen at Denham Quarry.  Land and Air Ambulance already in attendance with the first Team members and a member of the public helping crew with the short carry to the waiting helicopter. Climber was able to tell us his gear had all ripped out when he fell but not what climb he was on.  (4 Rescue Person Hours)

50. 24th September Search 16:03 Hrs Westhoughton, Bolton. Teams trailing search dogs, Mij & Floss plus handlers requested to support Bolton MRT in a search for a vulnerable male aged 83, on farmland at Westhoughton.  This was followed soon after by a request for the whole Team to attend due to the potential size of the search area.  We were stood down responding because sadly, the body of the gentleman was located by Bolton MRT members. Our thoughts are with the gentleman’s family and friends at the sad time.   (10 Rescue Person Hour)

Bolton MRT Incident 80/2010

49.  23rd September Spot Pickup 11:12 Hrs Sharp Edge, Cumbria. A Team member was out walking with work colleagues when a female member of the party fell some 60m from the ridge. Team member assisted with the initial first aid and contacting Keswick MRT for further assistance.    (2 Rescue Person Hours)

Keswick MRT Incident108/2010

48(D). 12th September Search 16:43 Hrs Hellifield, North Yorkshire. Teams trailing search dogs, Mij and Floss plus handlers, assisted the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) with a search for a missing male in the Helifield area of North Yorkshire.    (16 Rescue Person Hour)

CRO Incident 53/2010

47.  12th September Spot Pickup 13:10 Hrs Gisburn Forest. Bowland. Team received a request from NW Ambulance Service to provide back-up to the NW Air Ambulance attending a mountain biker who had fallen and sustained a hip injury in Gisburn Forest.  Team stood down responding with two vehicles mobile and others attending direct when it was determined person had been carried to waiting Air Ambulance. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

46(D). 8th September Search 17:00 Hrs Harrogate Area. Teams trailing search dog, Mij and handler, responded to a request from Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Team to assist in a search for a missing person.   Stood down responding when information received that the person had been located by Police. .   (1 Rescue Person Hour)

45.  4th September Spot Pickup 00:43 Hrs Longridge Fell. An early hours call when the Team was requested by Lancashire Police to assist NW Ambulance Service. A female, aged 54, had lost her footing and fallen in a ditch sustaining a possible dislocated / broken ankle in woods on Longridge Fell. Team carried the lady the short distance to the waiting land ambulance.  (18 Rescue Person Hours)

44.  1st  September Spot Pickup 13:57 Hrs Anglezarke. Team received a request from NW Ambulance Service to assist with a female who had injured her leg in woods on the banks of Anglezarke Reservoir.  Paramedics from the Air Ambulance on scene but some distance from the aircraft. Team carried casualty on a mountain rescue stretcher to Team Landrover that was used for onward transport to the waiting Air Ambulance some distance away. Thanks to the Bolton MRT member who was passing and assisted.  (14 Rescue Person Hours)

43(D). 29th August Search 18:43 Hrs Ulverston, Cumbria. Teams trailing search dog, Mij and handler, requested by Duddon & Furness MRT to assist with a search for a missing male in the Ulverston area. Nothing found.  However a few days later the missing person was located, deceased. The Teams thoughts are with family & friends of the missing person at this time.    (6 Rescue Person Hour)

S19. 27th August Standby Search 13:27 Hrs Fulwood, Preston. A request was received from Lancashire Police to search for a vulnerable, but highly mobile person in the Fulwood area. Team brought to standby but it was felt that this was not an incident we could bring our skills to full effect on and we did not deploy.   (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

42. 14th August Search 19:50 Hrs Parbold near Ormskirk. Team requested to search for a vulnerable male, aged 76 in the Parbold area. Incident Control was established in the car park of the pub at the top of Parbold Hill. Having obtained a scent article from the missing persons home the Teams trailing search dog and handler immediately dispatched to the Place Last Seen (PLS) to see if a direction of travel could be determined. This was followed by the Team’s other search dog and handler plus search parties on the main roads and footpaths in the area. As plans were being put in place to extend the search areas and call in extra resources (more dogs & another Team) news was received that the person was safe in hospital at Southport. Team stood down at 22:30 hrs.   (39 Rescue Person Hours)

41(D). 28th July Search 10:42 Hrs Turton Reservoir, Bolton. Teams area search dog, Floss and handler assisted Bolton MRT in a search for a missing male at Turton & Entwistle Reservoir.  Unfortunately, the missing person was located deceased.   (4 Rescue Person Hours)

Bolton MRT Incident 70/2010.

40. 28th July Search 02:27 Hrs Halton near Lancaster. Team requested to assist in the search for a missing male, aged 76.  Already missing for over 24 hours.   Unfortunately, the missing person was located later in the day, deceased, by the Lancashire Police Helicopter searching the River Lune. Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service recovered the body from the river. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the missing persons family at this sad time.   (40 Rescue Person Hours)

39.  26th July Road Traffic Incident 12:00 Hrs Trough of Bowland. Whilst at Smelt Mill, our Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland, two Team members responded in a team vehicle to a cyclist who had fallen from his bike. The NW Air Ambulance soon joined them. The injured person was packaged onto the aircraft for the onward journey to Royal Preston Hospital.   (1 Rescue Person Hours)

38.  26th July Spot Pickup 08:40 Hrs Brinscall. Team received a request from NW Ambulance Service to assist with a male who had sustained a suspected MI (heart attack) in woods at Brinscall. Stood down responding with vehicles mobile and Team members on route when it was determined that the ambulance crew had reached the casualty. With members of the public they had been able to effect an evacuation to the waiting ambulance a short distance away. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

S18. 21st July Standby Search 10:27 Hrs Moor park, Preston. A further request received from Lancashire Police for the Team to assist in the search for a missing female from the previous day who was still outstanding.  Again the Team did not deploy.   (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

S17. 20th July Standby Search 09:15 Hrs Moor Park, Preston. Request received from Lancashire Police to assist in the search for a missing female. From intelligence available no suitable areas for MR could be identified with the main search areas being urban and well covered by available Police units. The Team did not deploy.   (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

S16(D). 14th July Standby Search  03:26 Hrs Walkden. Teams search dogs, Mij & Floss and handlers, requested by Bolton MRT to assist with a search for a missing boy. Stood down responding when information received that the boy had been located, safe.   (1 Rescue Person Hour) 

Bolton MRT Incident 69/2010.

37. 5th July Search 17:25 Hrs Ormskirk. Team requested to search for another vulnerable male, aged 52. Team leader attended at Ormskirk Police station to plan the search response whilst other Team members including dog handlers readied vehicles at our Garstang & Penwortham bases and prepared to deploy. Full Team page at 18:48 hrs but stood down at 19:10 hrs when missing person located returning to his home in Skelmersdale.   (21 Rescue Person Hours)

S15. 3rd July Standby Search 19:33 Hrs Longridge Fell. Request received from Lancashire Police for the Team to assist in the search for a vulnerable male. Missing person was located by Police helicopter only a short distance from the road and ambulance paramedics were able to easily access. The Team did not deploy.   (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

36(D). 1st July Search 16:23 Hrs Ings, South Cumbria. Teams trailing dog, Mij and handler, requested by Kendal MSRT to assist with a search for a vulnerable 80-year-old female. Located safe by MRT members near Staverly. Langdale Ambleside and Duddon Furness MRT’s also assisting with this incident.   (4 Rescue Person Hours)

35. 26thJune Road Traffic Incident 16:20 Hrs A55, Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Whilst returning from a helicopter training exercise with RAF Valley in Anglesey the Team came across a serious road traffic incident near Llanfairfechan on the A55. The Team was the first emergency service on scene.  The incident involved a single car, which was on its roof with four injured persons involved. Two persons had scrambled free and suffered minor head injuries and lacerations. A 3rd person was  free from the vehicle and was more seriously injured; the 4th person was still trapped. The Team, assisted by a number of nurses & doctors who were present immediately administered First Aid to the three persons out of the vehicle.  A Team member who is an off duty Fire Officer and assisted by another off duty fire officer assessed the situation with the person trapped in the car. Other Team members assisted with traffic management. First of the other emergency services on scene were Fire & Rescue. They were quickly briefed as to the situation and a decision made for us to continue with the casualty care of the four persons involved whilst they made the vehicle safe and proceeded to remove the side of the car to gain better access to the casualty inside. Other emergency service then arrived in quick succession – two ambulances, four police cars, a second fire pump and the North Wales Air Ambulance.  Team then assisted with packaging and transport of casualties to the various emergency vehicles and helicopter before standing down and continuing our journey home.  (13 Rescue Person Hours)

S14. 26th June Standby Search 09:14 Hrs Lancaster. Team paged by Lancaster Police requiring an urgent search of Williamson Park, canal, surrounding woods and farmland for a 10-year-old boy who had been missing over night. Team immediately brought to standby.  With 20 Team members away in North Wales for a helicopter training exercise at RAF Valley it was decided to contact colleagues at Bolton and Rossendale Pendle MRT’s for additional personnel. However, as all this was being coordinated missing person located, safe, at a friend’s house having stayed overnight and not informed anyone.  (1 Rescue Person Hours)

34.  21st June Spot Pickup 19:16 Hrs Hurst Green, Ribchester. Team received a request from NW Ambulance Service to assist with a female who had fallen from a horse and sustained a serious head injury. Reported as 1.5 miles from the nearest road. The NW Air Ambulance was not available. On arrival it was determined that access had been easy and the casualty was already safe on the ambulance. (10 Rescue Person Hours)

33.  14th June Search 20:57 Hrs Longridge Fell. Team Controllers paged with an unusual report of two dogs running wild on Longridge Fell. There was a possibility that the dogs belonged to an elderly gentleman who could not be located. In a measured response Team brought to standby, readied vehicles at our bases and one Landrover with two persons dispatched to RV with Police. A search of the main tracks on the Fell by Team Landrover and a number of Police officers was undertaken. After a check of all farm buildings, car parks and with no report of anyone missing it was decided to suspend the search. A false alarm but of good intent.  (6 Rescue Person Hours plus 60 hours standby)

S13. 14th June Standby Search 15:55 Hrs St. Annes-on-the-Sea. Search for a vulnerable female, aged 80. Possibly missing since 02:00 hrs. Reported as unable to travel very far. Just as full team page about to be initiated missing person was located in Manchester. Not that far away then!  (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

32. 9th June Spot Pickup 20:45 Hrs Warton, Pinnacle Crag near Carnforth.  During Basic Life Support Examinations at our Garstang training base a page was received to assist the Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service with a climber who had fallen and sustained a back injury. Within 5 minutes three vehicles mobile to Warton. Team stood down on route when requested by Police that incident was concluded. (14 Rescue Person Hours)

S12. 8th June Standby Search 12:19 Hrs Heysham Moss, Heysham. Team requested to search for a vulnerable male who had left messages. Areas of wood and open land identified as potential search areas. However, as call out page was about to be initiated news received that the missing person had been located by Lancashire Police helicopter, Oscar November 99. (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

31. 6th June Spot Pickup 18:26 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team Leader contacted direct by Incident Controller from the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO). They were responding to a call from Yorkshire Ambulance Service to a mountain biker injured in Gisburn Forest and were requesting our support. Full Team page initiated but we stood down responding with two vehicles mobile when news came from CRO that the casualty had made it to the road and was safe.  (10 Rescue Person Hours)

30. 2nd June Major Incident 18:30 Hrs West Cumbria. Team received a request from Cumbria Constabulary “Gold” for assistance following the shooting incident in West Cumbria. Requirement was to join other MRT’s and SARDA dog units from the Lakes, Yorkshire and southern Scotland in the search of fields adjacent to roads and country lanes for other victims. Potential for over 100 km of road to be covered. Searching taking place until last light and then continuing from first light the following day until mid morning. Thankfully nothing found. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are with the relatives, friends and anyone who has been affected by this tragic incident. (75 Rescue Person Hours)

29. 22nd May Spot Pickup 09:30 Hrs Skelmersdale. Team received a request from NW Ambulance Service to assist in the evacuation of a male patient in a difficult to access location, in fields south of Skelmersdale town centre. Lancashire Fire & Rescue also called to this incident. Team members assisting with the evacuation of the casualty to the waiting ambulance. (10 Rescue Person Hours)

28 (D). 20th May Search 19:00 Hrs Clayton-le-Moors. Search dogs and handlers requested to assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT in the search for a male described as vulnerable. Search of wooded areas required but stood down soon after arrival on scene when missing person located by NWAS. They had attended a patient that turned out to be the missing person. (2 Rescue Person Hours)

Rossendale & Pendle MRT Incident 78/2010

27. 15th May Search 15:13 Hrs Garstang. Our second call out of the day. Team requested by Lancashire Police to search for a missing 77-year-old male. Missing since 13:30 hrs. Team paged to RV at our Garstang vehicle & training base where incident control was set up. Initial hasty tasks quickly identified with trailing search dog deployed to persons home, area search dog to fields near persons home, Land Rover & crew to grounds of a local school, searchers on mountain bikes along the canal and a search team along the banks of the River Wyre. However, shortly after these initial deployments the person was located at Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he had just been admitted. (40 Rescue Person Hours)

26. 15th May Spot Pickup 10:59 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team paged by NW Ambulance Service to a young male (aged 12) who had fallen from his mountain bike in Gisburn Forest. Stood down responding, as the NW Air Ambulance had been able to land close by and dealt with the incident.  (9 Rescue Person Hours)

25. 14th May Search 15:02 Hrs Beacon Fell Country Park, Bowland.  Lancashire Police had received a report of a “body” being dumped on the road at Beacon Fell. Report was considered to be genuine and of good intent. Team searched a 25-metre band either side of the circular road around the fell plus a number of “hot” spots. Nothing found.   (80 Rescue Person Hours)

24. 13th May Spot Pickup 16:41 Hrs Withnell Quarry. Team paged by NW Ambulance Service to assist with a worker who had sustained a leg injury at Withnell Quarry. Casualty was in a difficult to access location. However, on arrival it was determined that the leg injury was not as serious as first thought. First few team members on scene were able to assist the ambulance crew with a straightforward evacuation to the waiting ambulance.  (14 Rescue Person Hours)

23 (D). 9th May Search 20:18 Hrs Queens Park area, Bolton. Search dogs and handlers again requested to assist Bolton MRT. A 79-year-old-male was missing from a local nursing home. After extensive searches of the area the search was suspended at midnight with the person still outstanding.  (8 Rescue Person Hours)

Bolton MRT Incident 57/2010

Post script: Missing person was located safe the following day.

S11. 7th May Standby Search Advice 23:46 Hrs Croston.  Team Leaders paged with a request for advice from Lancashire Police who were searching for a missing elderly male in the Croston area. No immediate tasks for MR could be identified but is was agreed to contact the Police the following day should the search escalate.  Contact made the following day with the Police Search manager and the person was still outstanding. The search was to be extended to farmland and woods. However, as a full team page was about to be initiated news came that the missing person had just been located, safe, close to his home.

22 (D). 28th April Search 19:20 Hrs Turton area, Bolton. Teams search dogs and handlers requested to assist Bolton MRT with the search for a 19-year-old-male with a medical condition and giving concern for his safety. Stood down responding when the missing person was found safe. (2 Rescue Person Hours)                     

Bolton MRT Incident 56/2010

21. 25th April Spot Pickup 14:42 Hrs Stake House Fell, Bowland. Team paged by NW Ambulance Service who had received a report of a mountain biker with a broken leg on the Bleasdale Fells. 17 Team members responding to this incident. General location only given on what appeared to be a drivable track. On arrival in area track accessed by team Landrover but we could not locate the casualty. It was then determined that the NW Air Ambulance had found the casualty near the summit of Stake House Fell and had requested an RAF Sea King, that was in the southern Lake District, to assist. Team stood down to the road head until it was determined that the casualty had been safely evacuated by the RAF to the Royal Preston Hospital.    (17 Rescue Person Hours)

20. 18th April Spot Pickup 14:57 Hrs Fell Foot near Chipping. Team received a report from NW Ambulance Service to urgently attend a male who had landed heavily while parapenting and sustaining a suspected back injury. The person had landed in the usually field at the bottom of Parlick Pike and was only a short distance from the road. Team members were first on scene to be joined shortly by the NW Air Ambulance (which was not grounded for serious incidents due to the volcanic ash from Iceland). Casualty soon packaged on a long board and transported the short distance to Helimed 08 for the onward journey to Royal Preston Hospital. (13 Rescue Person Hours)

19. 15th April Search 19:17 Hrs Staining near Blackpool. Our second search of the day. Team requested by Lancashire Police to search for a missing 77-year-old male. Missing since 08:00 hrs from his home in Blackpool near Stanley Park. Mobile phone plots indicated an area in the direction of Marton Mere and farmland beyond. Team set up an Incident Control at Staining Village Hall (thanks due to the local people who allowed us to use facility). Attempts made by Teams Trailing dog and handler to determine a direction of travel from the persons home while the other Dog Unit deployed to land near Marton Mere where a possible sighting had been reported.   Other search Teams deployed around Marton Mere and near Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Police teams including a general-purpose dog, horses & support units searching Stanley Park and other areas near the zoo & golf course. Police helicopter grounded due to the volcanic ask from Iceland and therefore not available.  Team stood down just before midnight when intelligence received that the person was not in the identified search areas. (72 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script: Missing person located safe the following day having apparently slept in a field and returned home.

18. 15th April Search 08:26 Hrs Healy Nab near Chorley. Team requested by Lancashire Police to search for a missing elderly male described as vulnerable. Missing overnight and known to walk in the Healy Nab area. Team responded with 16 persons to an RV at the end of Anglezarke Reservoir. However, just after the first search teams had been deployed the person was located, safe, some miles away in Coppull.  Teams Trailing Dog and handler used in this incident. Other search dogs from SARDA (England) & SARDA (Lakes) stood down on route. (56 Rescue Person Hours)

S10. 28th March Standby Search 17:43 Hrs Whitewell, Bowland. Lancashire Police had received a report of a group with a youngster in a pram in difficulty in the Marl Hill area near Whitewell. Initial report from the group by mobile phone but contact had been lost. Team brought to standby but news soon came that the group had made their way to the Inn-at-Whitewell and were safe.  (3.75 Rescue Person Hours)

17. 4th March Spot Pickup 14:30 Hrs Brennand, Trough of Bowland. Team paged by NW Ambulance Service to assist with a female who had fallen and sustained a leg injury on the Ouster Rake Track in the Brennand Valley. Stood down responding, with two vehicles mobile and 14 persons attending, when it was determined that the female had made it to Brennand Farm and received treatment from paramedics from the NW Air Ambulance which had also been dispatched. (14 Rescue Person Hours)

16. 2nd March Search 20:00 Hrs Broughton, Preston. Team requested by Lancashire Police to search for a missing 80-year-old male. Missing since 05:00 hrs but not reported until 18:00 hrs and some concern due to the falling temperatures. The Place Last Seen (the PLS) was at the back of the Marriott Hotel, Broughton. Team members requested to arrive by 21:00 hrs having collected vehicles from our Penwortham & Garstang vehicle bases. An immediate response direct to the RV by our dog handlers meant that by 20:45 hrs area search dog Floss and handler had been deployed into woods close to the PLS. Also, a scent article had been obtained ready for trailing dog Mij and handler to see if they could determine a direction of travel. However, we were then informed that the person had been located by a Police search team on a muddy track about 1Km away. Team vehicles immediately diverted straight to the scene where the, now very cold, person was recovered by Landrover to the road and a waiting ambulance. (32 Rescue Person Hours)

15. 28th February Spot Pickup 14:55 Hrs Hilldale Quarry, Parbold. Team paged by NW Ambulance Service to urgently attend an incident where a male was reported to have fallen from a rope swing into deep water and could not be located. Despite efforts from Police, the Fire & Rescue Service and ourselves the search was suspended when it got dark due to safety concerns. During this incident the Team provided rope safety lines for police officers, used our vehicles to transport boats and other heavy equipment for the other Emergency Services and provided wide area lighting. Unfortunately, the Police Underwater Unit recovered a body the following day. The Team’s thoughts are with the young persons family and friends at this time.   (48 Rescue Person Hours)

14. 24th February Spot Pickup 15:53 Hrs Anglezarke. Team requested to assist NW Ambulance service with a 55 year-old male who had sustained lower leg injuries near Manor House. Suspected broken tib and fib. Casualty on steep, wet & very slippery ground. Person packaged onto Bell stretcher and transported short distance to waiting NW Air Ambulance for onward transport to hospital.  (10 Rescue Person Hours)

13 (D). 9th February Search 19:20 Hrs Blackburn. Search dogs and handlers requested to assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT in the search for a 26-year-old-male described as vulnerable. Search of woods & open areas required but stood own soon after arrival on scene when missing person found, safe, by Police.  (2 Rescue Person Hours)

Rossendale & Pendle MRT Incident 63/2010

S9.  6th February Standby Search / Advice 21:53 Hrs Ormskirk.  Team requested to assist with a search for a vulnerable 76 year-old-male, missing since 10:00 hrs but only reported at 19:00 hrs. Missing in the Edge Hill University / Westhead area of Ormskirk. As a full Team page was about to be initiated Police informed us that the person had been located, safe and we did not deploy.   (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

S8.  3rd February Standby Bad Weather Cover 17:23 Hrs East Lancashire. Following heavy snow fall during the day in some parts of Lancashire request from NW Ambulance Service as to our availability. They had immediate incidents in the Darwen area but we requested our neighbouring colleagues in Bolton MRT attend, as it is their operational area. One Team Landrover brought to standby but not used. 

12. 3rd February Spot Pickup 12:56 Hrs Grindleton near Clitheroe. Team paged by the NW Ambulance service to assist with a male fell walker with a suspected broken arm on Grindleton Fell. Stood down on arrival as the casualty had been transported the short distance to the North West Air Ambulance for the onward journey to Royal Preston Hospital. (6 Rescue Person Hours)

S7. 1st February Standby Search 19:01 Hrs Kirkham.  Team paged to assist in a search in the Kirkham area. However, on contacting the Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager we were immediately stood down, as the person had just been located, safe.

S6. 22nd January Standby Search 21:39 Hrs Lancaster.  Request by Lancashire Police to join a developing search in the centre of Lancaster. Two men had apparently tried to cross the River Lune at Greyhound Bridge! One had been recovered but the other was outstanding. RNLI, Coastguard SAR and Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service also responding plus Police helicopter.  We were soon stood down, as the second person was located, safe.  

S5. 21st January Standby Search 13:42    Hrs Scorton near Garstang.  A second request to assist in the search for the missing male in the Scorton area. This time for the following day (Friday). Rossendale Pendle & Bolton MRT’s also requested.  It was decided that Police resources (Air, Horse, Dog & Underwater) would undertake the search with MR completing any unfinished tasks the following day (being a Saturday). However, Police completed all tasks and MR was not used.

S4 (D). 21st January Search Advice Scarisbrick. Search Dog handlers gave advice to Police Officers involved in an incident in the Scarisbrick area. 

S3. 19th January Standby Search 14:25 Hrs Scorton near Garstang.  Team paged to search for a missing male. Missing for over 3 days.  Very little information to go on and as no suitable search areas for mountain rescue could be determined we did not deploy. 

11. 15th January Spot Pickup 15:54 Hrs Fulwood, Preston.  Team paged by North West Ambulance Service. Ambulance crew needed assistance with the extraction of an elderly male who had fallen on a very steep icy track. The team placed the man on a bell stretcher and extracted him to the waiting ambulance (some Team members wearing crampons to effect this rescue).   (10 Rescue Person Hours)

10. 11th January Spot Pickup 14:06 Hrs Chorley. Team paged by NW Ambulance Service. Ambulance, with a female patient on board, who was experiencing difficulties breathing, had got stuck on an icy and snowy road. Team attended with 4-wheel drive vehicles to tow the ambulance to the main road where it could continue its journey to hospital. (6 Rescue Person Hours)

9(D). 10th January Search 07:45 Hrs Settle, North Yorkshire. Teams trailing dog and handler deployed to assist the Cave Rescue Organisation in a search for a 62-year-old male.  Assumed missing at 03:00 hrs when Fire Service attended a fire at his home. Unfortunately, a body was located by RAF Sea King helicopter on a nearby railway line.  (4 Rescue Person Hours)

Cave Rescue Organisation Incident 2/2010

S2.  7th January Standby Spot Pick-Up 21:14 Hrs Lancaster. Team paged by NW Ambulance Service. Ambulance trying to access patient in steep ice bound street. However, on contacting Ambulance Control it was determined that they had been able to get in and we stood down. We rang back a short time later to confirm the ambulance had been able to get out!

8. 7th January Standby Bad Weather Cover 00:00 – 07:30 Hrs All Lancashire A third day of support for the NW Ambulance Service. The Team runs a 3 shift system when providing this type of cover – usually 07:00 – 18:00 hrs, 18:00 hrs – midnight, midnight to 07:00 hrs – with two persons on each vehicle. Some incidents are backed up by requesting other Team members who live close by to respond as well in support of the vehicle crews.  Brief details of two further incidents as follows:

i) Burnley, 02:30 hrs, Recovered Paramedic Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) stuck in cul-de-sac and returned it to operational use.

ii) Whitechapel, 06:45 hrs, Transport of Ambulance Control member of staff into work due to car stuck in snow & ice.

(36.5 Rescue Person Hours)

7(D). 6th January Search 18:44 Hrs Townley Park, Rossendale. With Team members still on Incident 6 we were contacted by the Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle MRT requesting the use of our search dogs. Our SARDA (Wales) trailing search dog and handler plus one team member to act as a navigator / support dispatched to join the search for a missing male. (4 Rescue Person Hours)

Rossendale & Pendle MRT Incident 38/2010

6.  6th January Standby Bad Weather Cover 00:00 – 23:59 Hrs All Lancashire. Continuing Incident 5 into a second day of support for the NW Ambulance Service. Again, three 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances made available. A further eleven incidents to report, brief details follow:

i) Padiham, 00:05 hrs, Patient Transfer. Re-tasked to following incident on route.

ii) Burnley, 00:45 hrs, Female, Elderly, medication taken inappropriately, ambulance unable to access. Transported patient short distance from home in team vehicle to waiting ambulance.

iii) Whitworth, 03:30 hrs, Male, Elderly, Chest pains, ambulance stuck in snow, recovered ambulance and transported patient short distance to the recovered ambulance for onward transport to hospital.

iv) Blackburn, Female, Child, Vomiting / Collapsed. Patient on board ambulance in difficulties on steep snow icy road. Recovered ambulance and escorted to Blackburn Royal Infirmary. Thanks to neighbours & passing milkman for getting involved in the pushing and shoving!

v) Darwen, Male, Elderly,? Kidney condition, Stood down on scene. Transported by NWAS staff in hired 4 x 4.

vi) Hodgson Moor, Waddington, Female, 71,? Two broken legs. Stretchered to waiting ambulance. Ambulance escorted to Blackburn Hospital due to state of roads.

vii) Tockholes, Darwen, Male, 65+, Fallen, knee injury. NWAS unable to access due to road condition. Team accessed and evacuated casualty in team vehicle to waiting ambulance.

viii) St. Michael’s on Wyre, Male, 76, Chest pains. Access difficult due to snow. Stood down responding as ambulance crew managed to gain access.

ix) Morecambe, Female, Elderly, Constipated and in severe pain. Transferred to hospital in team vehicle.

x) Lancaster, 20:30 hrs, Female, 83, ? Broken ankle. Had been waiting some hours for transport to Royal Lancaster Infirmary for x-Ray. Team obliged.

xi) Cockerham, 22:30 hrs, Male, 76, Dislocated left hip. Two Team vehicles in attendance with paramedic (former Team member). Long slippery track to farm. Casualty placed in vac mat and onto Bell stretcher, then sledged to end of track where met by ambulance for transport to Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

(120 Rescue Person Hours)

5.  5th January Standby Bad Weather Cover 09:00 – 23:59 Hrs All Lancashire. Following Incident 4 it was decided to provide another period of cover for NW Ambulance Service as the roads had now become treacherous with ambulance crews experiencing some difficulties all over the region. Three Team 4 x 4 Landrover’s made available this time. Our normal two long wheel base vehicles complemented with our short wheel base support Landrover. This Landrover has no patient carrying capability being primarily used for crag, water & search incident support. A NWAS Paramedic was installed on board with a Team member as driver in a Rapid Response / difficult access role. A further seven incidents attended:

i) Chipping, Female, 84, Unconscious but good pulse & breathing. Placed on oxygen. Vacuum mattress used to evacuate from upstairs bedroom. Placed in cas bag and on stretcher then transported in team vehicle to Royal Preston Hospital.

ii) Great Harwood, 12:00 hrs. Male, 87, Urgent patient transfer. Overdue weekly dialysis due to access problems for normal transport, Transported to Accrington Hospital.

iii) Blackburn Town centre. Unsuccessful attempt to recover an ambulance. Due to position it needed something more powerful than a Landrover to drag it out!

iv) Padiham, 14:30 hrs. Ambulance had run into house. Car had run into ambulance. Attended but no injuries. Unable to recover ambulance.

v) Blackburn Area, Patient transfer. Stood down responding.

vi) Morecambe, 19:45 hrs, Female 60, Sore head. Patient had a recent history of a possible stroke. Carried from home (a caravan park) to waiting ambulance at gates to park due to very slippery track for transport to Lancaster Royal Infirmary for further checkups.

vii) Kirkham, 20:45 hrs, Female, 57, ? Fractured arm near wrist. Treated and transported in team vehicle to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

(75 Rescue Person Hours)

During this incident we were contacted by colleagues in Duddon Furness MRT in West Cumbria requesting the use of our radio network (to get comms into an outlying part of their area) as they had an incident which the NW Air Ambulance attended. We were happy to accommodate.

Duddon Furness MRT Incident ?/2010

4. 5th January Spot Pick-Up 07:58 hrs Scotforth, Lancaster Team requested to attend an ambulance with a patient onboard with breathing difficulties within a housing estate in Scotforth, south of Lancaster. Team responded with two vehicles and three Team members who live locally. However, stood down on arrival as it was determined that a Police 4 x 4 had extracted the patient sometime previously.   (14 Rescue Person Hours)

S1.  2nd January Standby Spot Pick-Up 17:21 hrs Cross of Greet, Bowland. Contacted by Lancashire Police as they had a report of a car, with four very cold persons on board, stranded in deep snow on the Catlow Road near the Cross of Greet. A police officer had been dispatched in a 4 x 4 to recover them. We were requested to standby in case things didn’t go to plan. In the end all went well and we were not required.

3.  2nd January Standby Bad Weather Cover 11:20 Hrs All Lancashire. Due to bad weather, snow and very icy roads the NW Ambulance Service asked if we could assist. Two Landrover’s again made available. Team stood down at 17:00 hrs with 5 incidents undertaken as follows:

i) Dutton Area, Female, Suspected stroke. Paramedic on scene requested urgent transport to Royal Preston Hospital which was undertaken by team Landrover.

ii) Ribchester, Female. Pacemaker issues & difficulty breathing. Transported to Royal Preston Hospital in team Landrover.

iii) Preston, Female. Mild hypothermia. Person reported in River Ribble. Team made a two vehicle response. On arrival person was out of water but given extra clothing and warmed in team vehicle. Transferred by team to Royal Preston Hospital.

iv) Morecambe, Patient transfer. Re-tasked to following incident on route.

v) Overton, Female, Neurone Condition. Severe pain down right side of body. Patient suspected something not quite right. Carefully placed on Bell stretcher and into team Landrover. Quickly, transported to Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

2. 1st January Spot Pick-Up 18:36 hrs Gisburn Forest near Slaidburn.  Team paged by Lancashire Police to support an officer escorting a NWAS Paramedic to a very cold and lost mountain biker in Gisburn Forest. One 4 x 4 Landrover with two persons dispatched to assist. He had found his way to Hesbert Hall where he had been given a hot drink. Police 4 x 4 with Paramedic were initially having difficulty locating person but eventually found him. We met up with the police 4 x 4 with the biker onboard on a very icy track deep within the forest. Person transferred to Team vehicle where given extra food & clothing. Police 4 x 4 set off to deliver Paramedic back too his ambulance some miles away in Gisburn. Bike recovered and person delivered to his car. Escorted from the area by Team vehicle. With sub zero temperatures we think this person has been very lucky. (2 Rescue Person Hours)

1. 1st January Spot Pick-Up 12:15 hrs Troutbeck, Cumbria Two Team members assisted Langdale Ambleside MRT with a female who had slipped on ice and sustained a suspected wrist fracture.  (2 Rescue Person Hours)

Langdale Ambleside MRT Incident 1 / 2010

 









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