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 2012 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. 

47. 23rd December. Search 08:00 Hrs. Leyland.  A 16-year-old male had been missing for some time in the Leyland area. The Team was requested by Lancashire Constabulary to undertake a search of an area of wood and farmland around the River Lostock in Leyland. The area was one known to have been frequented by the missing person.  An extensive area was searched but nothing was found.    (132 Rescue Person Hours)

Update. 14th January 2013. Sadly, the body of the missing person was located today. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are with the missing person’s young family and friends.

46. 11th December. Spot Pick-Up. 21:00 Hrs. Whitendale Valley, Bowland.  Team paged to assist the NW Ambulance Service. Due to the icy road conditions they were experiencing difficulty accessing a patient at a farm cottage in the remote hamlet of Whitendale in the Ribble Valley. On contacting the NWAS Control Room at Broughton near Preston it was decided to send two of our 4 x 4 Landrover’s and a small number of Team members to assist. One Team Landrover met with the Land Ambulance near Dunsop Bridge and escorted it to Whitendale being joined by our second Landrover shortly afterwards. The roads were very icy but passable with care. The patient was then placed in the ambulance for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. One of our Landrovers acting as support to the outskirts of Preston where it returned to our Garstang vehicle base. The other Landrover returning immediately to our Penwortham vehicle base.  6 Team members involved with others on standby at Garstang and at home should they have been required.   (13.5 Rescue Person Hours)

45. 1st December. Spot Pick-Up. 16:43 Hrs. Healy Nab, West Pennines. Team Leader contacted by Lancashire Police to be informed that they had received a report of a number of children stuck in mud on Healy Nab. At this time the majority of the Team was on exercise in the Gisburn Forest area but Bolton MRT has just returned to their base from a fell race safety cover and could deploy immediately. Team paged for any members not on exercise to go direct to Healy Nab and assist Bolton Team.  5 Team members responding. However, both Teams were stood down when it was confirmed that two (very muddy) Police Officers had been able to extract the children.  (5 Rescue Person Hours)

44. 17th November. Search. 08:00 Hrs. Gisburn Area, Ribble Valley. Continuation of the search from the previous day with additional mountain rescue Teams being called in.  Team members undertaking the search of the River Ribble from Chatburn to Sawley. Team also providing additional resource assisting Rossendale & Pendle Team with Incident Management at Barnoldswick Police Station. Sadly, just after mid-day a body was located near Rimmington. Mountain Rescue involvement in this search included ourselves, Rossendale & Pendle, Bolton, Calder Valley & Oldham Teams, an RAF SAR Sea King Helicopter plus Search dogs from SARDA(England) & SARDA(Wales). Police resources included Missing from Home search managers, dogs, helicopter, mounted unit, support units and catering. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the missing person at this sad time. (84 Rescue Person Hours)

43. 16th November. Spot Pick-Up. 15:30 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Just before we were requested to return to the Gisburn search (Incident 42) we were contacted by the NW Ambulance Service to attend a mountain biker who had fallen from his bike in Gisburn Forest.  However, we were stood down on route when it was determined that the mountain biker had been able to self-rescue and had made their way out of the Forest.   (6 Rescue Person Hours)

42. 16th November. Search. 01:31 Hrs. Gisburn Area, Ribble Valley. The Team received a request via the Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager to assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT in the search for an experienced and well equipped male walker. Reported as missing between Gisburn and Barnoldswick in the Ribble Valley. Team required due to the size of area. The Team searched footpaths throughout the night and stood down at 10:00 Hrs. The search effort continued throughout the day with additional resources including search dogs, a Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley and Bolton Mountain Rescue Team plus police units being called in. At 16:00 Hrs we were again contacted by incident controllers to see if we could assist with a search of the River Ribble due to our specialist bank search skills and equipment. New intelligence had been received and the search now concentrated on routes and footpaths out of Chatburn and along the Ribble Way.  Two Team members were dispatched to assess the river conditions and it was decided that we would undertake the search of the river banks the following day. During the night the search continued, now in very wet and difficult weather conditions, with search dogs from SARDA (England) assisting. Search dog, Floss, and handler plus one Team member acting as navigator assisting with this phase of the operation. (88 Rescue Person Hours)

 41. 12th November. Spot Pickup. 11:54 Hrs. Ribbleton, Preston.  The Team was requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist in the recovery of a male from a deep sided wooded valley on the outskirts of Preston. The gentleman was suffering from hypothermia and may have been at the location since the previous evening.  On arrival the Team stood down as Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service had been able to access the casualty and carry him the short distance to the waiting land ambulance.  (13 Rescue Person Hours)

11th November. Animal Rescue. Hareden Valley, Trough of Bowland. Following a report from a farmer of a trapped sheep on a small ledge at Scout Crag in the Hareden Valley a number of Team members went to investigate. However, nothing could be found.

40. 9th November. Body Recovery. 17:25 Hrs. Bolton-by-Bowland near Clitheroe.  Lancashire Police requested the use of the Teams Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher to assist in the recovery of a body from difficult ground in woods near Bolton-by-Bowland.  A Team Landrover with 5 persons was dispatched to assist. However, the Team was stood down as we approached Bolton-by-Bowland when we were informed that the Police had been able to complete the task.     (14 Rescue Person Hours)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-20279108

39. 2nd November. Search. Patterdale, Lake District. The Teams SARDA(England) Search Dog Floss and handler  along with 16 other SARDA handlers  were called to assist Patterdale MRT and SARDA(Lakes) in the  search for a  missing male whose car had been located in Glenridding. Floss and handler searching land around the area of the track to Helvellyn Youth Hotel. Nothing found. A body was recovered by Police divers from Ullswater the following day.

38. 20th October. Spot Pick-Up. 13:27 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. The Team was requested to assist NW Ambulance Service paramedics with a male mountain biker who had fallen from his bike and suffered a shoulder injury in Gisburn Forest.  The Cave Rescue Organisation requested to assist.   He was evacuated on a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher by both Teams to the waiting NW Air Ambulance a short distance away.  (12 Rescue Person Hours)

37. 7th October. Search. Brecon Beacons, South Wales. Whilst on a SARDA(England) training day in South Wales the Teams air scenting dog, Floss and handler along with other 5 other handlers, “DogsBodies” and members of Central Beacons MRT assisted in the rescue of a  male, aged 54, who was complaining  of chest pains / suspected heart. He was located on the Pont Ar Daf track up to Pen y Fan and evacuated to hospital by Air Ambulance.  

P.S. “Dogsbodies” are the wonderful people who go out in all weathers and hide in the wilds whilst the dogs and handlers try to locate them on training exercises. Please see this link on the SARDA (England) website.

36. 6th October. Search. 08:00 Hrs. Machynlleth, Mid Wales.  Today our SARDA (England) search dog, Floss and handler joined the extensive Mountain Rescue effort in the search for missing 5-year-old April Jones. Team thoughts with all those affected by this incident especially April’s family. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

35. 2nd October. Spot Pick-Up. 21:05 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. The Team was requested to attend a male mountain biker with a broken leg in Gisburn Forest. As it is now dark at this time of night the air ambulance can't fly. He was on a 'night ride' and had fallen near the bottom of Hully Gully. The Cave Rescue Organisation requested to assist.   He was evacuated in a private 4 x 4 to the waiting land ambulance at Tosside and both Teams stood down before arriving on scene.   (2 Rescue Person Hours)

S7. 27th September. Standby Search 23:22 Hrs Ellel, Galgate near Lancaster.    The Team received a request from Lancashire Police to assist in the search for a missing vulnerable female. Missing from a religious retreat near Galgate and described as highly mobile. The Team was brought to standby with Team members making to our Garstang Base to ready vehicles but, following discussion with the Police Missing from Home Manager it was decided not to deploy. Police had enough resources available for the initial identified search tasks including dogs, helicopter and a support unit. At 09:00 Hrs the following day the Team Leader was contacted by a POLSA (Police Search Advisor) to discuss the incident as the person was still outstanding. A number of suggestions were given including another search by the helicopter and a further search of the Lancaster Canal towpath. Again it was decided not to deploy the Team as enough Police resource was available. The person was located, safe, sometime after midday apparently having spent the night on a canal barge (3 Rescue Person Hours)

34. 16th September. Spot Pick-Up. 18:22 Hrs. Langden Valley, Trough of Bowland. Team Leaders contacted by Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager (FIM).  They had just received a report of six walkers (5 male, 1 female) in difficulties in the Langden Valley at Fiendsdale Nab. Due to very heavy and torrential rain throughout the day Fiendsdale Water and Langden Brook had become swollen (SD 598 500). The group of six were well-equipped and experienced but had been out all day and didn’t want to retrace their route, so opted to cross the river. Four of the members of the party tried to cross the river but two were washed a short distance downstream but made it to the opposite bank. The other two returning to their colleagues.  The two that had made it across walked to Langden Intake and requested assistance. On arrival, with darkness descending, the Team quickly located the four persons still at the location reported. Specialist rope techniques and Swiftwater rescue equipment were used to assist them, one by one, across the river. They were checked for hypothermia and then walked the short distance to Langden Castle for onward transport in Team land rovers to the road head.  21 team members attending this incident     (52.5 Rescue Person Hours)

33. 10th September. Search. 03:09 Hrs. Abbeystead, Bowland.  Team controllers paged in the early hours by Lancashire Police with a report of a missing male, aged 41, in the Abbeystead area. Missing since the previous day and giving cause for concern over his safety.  Following consultation with the Lancashire Police Missing From Home Manager it was decided to search an area from the Place Last Seen (PLS) to his home. This included the Marshaw Wyre River, parts of the Wyre Way footpath plus extensive areas of woods and fields.  At 04:15 Hrs the Team was paged to RV at Abbeystead Village for a first light start at 06:00 hrs. Shortly before mid-day a positive sighting was made by a friend of the missing person but we were still unable to contact the person. The search was stood down a few hours later when it was assumed the person had left the area. 16 Team members attending this search.   SARDA (WALES) and Bolton MRT trailing Search Dog Team assisting with the later part of the search.  Police support units, catering, dogs and helicopter also assisting along with a number of Gamekeepers from the Westminster Estate. Thanks to them for checking all the shooting huts on the moors and providing detailed local knowledge.   (160 Rescue Person Hours)

PS. The person eventually contacted his family to say he was safe and in the Lytham area.

32. 2nd September. Spot Pick-Up. 15:30 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Two Team members on a familiarisation exercise in Gisburn Forest were contacted directly by a member of the public. A mountain biker had fallen and sustained a suspected broken ankle / lower leg injury near Hesbert Hall. The Team members were on scene within a few minutes. The injured person was treated with pain relieving gas and the leg placed in a vacuum splint. The casualty was then transported in a Team 4 x 4 Landrover to RV with a NW Ambulance Service land ambulance at Tosside. (2 Rescue Person Hours)

31. 30th August. Search. 08:55 Hrs. Leyland.  Team contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist in the on-going search for a missing male, aged 41. Missing overnight and giving cause for concern over his safety.  A large area of woods and ponds around the missing person’s home and the extensive area of Worden Country Park searched by the Team.  Police support units, dogs and helicopter also assisting.  Once all identified tasks had been completed the search was stood down in the late afternoon pending further information. Unfortunately, shortly after we had returned all vehicles to our Penwortham and Garstang bases the sad news came that a body had been discovered by a member of the public just outside the area we searched. The Team extends our thoughts to the family and friends of the missing person at this sad time. (120 Rescue Person Hours)

30. 20th August. Spot Pick-Up 18:34 Hrs Anglezarke Quarry near Chorley. The Team received a request from the NW Ambulance Service to assist with the evacuation of a male climber reported to have fallen and sustained serious injuries. Initially reported as Leicester Mill Quarry but first Team members on scene were directed to the climbing area known as Left Wall in the main Anglezarke Quarry. The climber had been attempting “First Finale, E1 5b” and had fallen to the ground from just below the final overhang.  The casualty was stabilised by NWAS paramedics and placed into a full vacuum body splint. He was then carried out of the quarry bottom on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher by the Team to a waiting land ambulance for onward transport to the Royal Preston Hospital.   (30 Rescue Person Hours)

29. 15th August. Search.  09:06 Hrs. Abbey Village, Lancashire. Team requested to assist in the continuing search for a vulnerable male, missing for a number of days but only reported to the police on the previous evening when his car had been located on the A675 to the south of Abbey Village. Bolton MRT had been out searching for the missing person through the night and we were to continue the search in daylight. A re-search of priority areas with our SARDA(ENGLAND) area search dog and handler who was joined by Bolton MRT’s trailing dog and handler was undertaken. Fell parties re-searched a number of areas and the search was extended into areas not searched on the previous evening. These searches were undertaken by the Team, a contingent from Bolton MRT and a Police Support Unit. The area was again flown over by a Police Helicopter. Unfortunately, shortly before mid-day a body was located in woods some 500m from his car. After Police had carried out the necessary procedures a moment’s pause for reflection was taken. The body was then recovered by members of both MRT’s. The Team’s thoughts and sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the missing person at this sad time.     (60 Rescue Person Hours)

28. 12th August. Spot Pick-Up 13:58 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland. A mountain biker injured at Whelpstone Crag similar location to incident 23. This time with chest and leg injuries. Cave Rescue again contacted and requested to assist. Casualty evacuated in a mountain rescue 4 x 4 Landrover to waiting land ambulance. (7 Rescue Person Hours)

27. 11th August. Spot Pick-Up 19:59 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland. During Incident 26 a request was received to assist a mountain biker with a broken arm and back injury in Gisburn Forest.  A Landrover and personnel were dispatched from the search. The Cave Rescue Organisation were contacted by the Team and requested to assist. Casualty was transported by Cave Rescue to a waiting Land Ambulance (4 Rescue Person Hours)

26. 11th August. Search.  15:25 Hrs. Area to the East of Preston. Team requested to assist in the search for a vulnerable male. Missing since the early hours and giving cause for concern. Extensive searches of footpaths and adjoining farmland near the M6 motorway and along the banks of the River Ribble undertaken. The search was suspended shortly after 22:00 Hrs. Unfortunately, a body was recovered from outside the area searched during the following day.  The Teams sympathies remain with the missing person’s family at this sad time.  (97.5 Rescue Person Hours)

25. 10th August. Search.  14:34 Hrs. River Ribble, Preston.  Team received a request to assist in the search of the banks of the River Ribble at Preston.  An empty canoe had been found in the river at Penwortham Bridge but with no sign of an occupant. The banks of the river were searched on both sides for several kilometres both up and down stream with the river being tidal at this point. A Police helicopter and a Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service inflatable boat assisting with the search.  After all identified search tasks had been completed and with no report of a missing person the search was stood down. A false alarm but of good intent. (95 Rescue Person Hours)

24. 3rd August. Search. 09:35 Hrs. Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. Whilst on a training exercise the Team’s SARDA (England) search dog, Floss and handler were requested to assist Cornwall Search & Rescue Team in the search for a vulnerable male. (5 Rescue Person Hours)

23. 29th July. Spot Pick-Up 10:13 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland. A mountain biker had fallen near Whelpstone crag and dislocated his shoulder. The Cave Rescue Organisation were contacted by the Team and requested to assist. We were stood down on route with two vehicles mobile and others attending direct when it was determined the casualty had reached the waiting Yorkshire Air Ambulance.   

S6. 21st July. Standby Search 18:36 Hrs Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.  The Team received a request from Kendal Mountain Search & Rescue Team to standby for a possible search at Devil’s Bridge. A male, in his early 20’s, had entered the river and  had not resurfaced. Unfortunately, a body was recovered and the Team did not deploy. Our thoughts and sympathies to his family and friends at this sad time. 

22. 9th July. Spot Pick Up. 14:06 Hrs. Fair Snape Fell, Bowland. Team Incident Controllers were contacted by Lancashire Police with a report of a male lost on the Bowland Fells. Person was not injured but had become disorientated in thick mist, very heavy rain and bad weather. He described his last known position was Paddy’s Pole on Fair Snape Fell but from the description he had given in his 999 call he was probably at Fiendsdale Head. Police Officer who had taken the call had requested that the person stay where he was.  It was agreed that the Team Leader would attempt to contact the person by phone and give him some advice. However, no phone contact could be made and at 14:45 Hrs it was decided to page the full Team and go and look for the chap. One team member who was in the Parlick area set off to Fiendsdale Head via “1707” to see if he could locate the person. Landrover’s sent to Fell Foot to provide back-up and to Bleasdale to walk and drive to Fiendsdale Head. Team members also dispatched to Langden intake in the Trough of Bowland just in case person had walked out that way. A further 9 persons and dog handler on standby should a more extensive, formal search be required. At 15:47 Hrs the person was located at Fiendsdale Head, as predicted, and walked off the hill. He was given a lift back to his car at Fell Foot (52 Rescue Person Hours)

Advice: Do please take a map and compass with you and know how to use it!

21. 4th July Search 16:23 Hrs Grindleton Fell area, Ribble valley. The Team was requested to assist in the search for a missing male, age 39, who was giving concern for his safety. He had been missing since the previous evening but his car had only just been located in the Grindleton Fell area north of Clitheroe. A search of an extensive area of forestry and open moorland was required. A full Team page was initiated at 16:50 hrs with 32 Team members responding supported by two search dog Teams (one from our own Team and one from the Cave Rescue Organisation) from SARDA (England). With the weather deteriorating and heavy rain falling just after 21:30 Hrs the person was located, safe and unhurt, by one of the search dogs and handler. The missing person was driven from the fell in one of our 4 x 4 Landrover’s to the Incident Control location in Grindleton Village for a check-up by a NWAS ambulance paramedic.     (220 Rescue Person Hours)

S5. 20th June. Standby Search.  14:05 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team requested to assist in the developing search for a 15-year-old male in Gisburn Forest. Missing person had a bit of a history of going missing but due to the remoteness of the area was giving cause for concern.  Team brought to standby with a trailing search dog and handler from Bolton MRT contacted as to their availability. Information was received that the person may have left the area and after consultation with the Police Missing From Home Manager it was decided not deploy. The missing person was located, safe, some hours later in North Yorkshire.

20. 16th June. Spot Pick Up. 10:36 Hrs. Pen-y-Ghent, North Yorkshire. Whilst providing safety cover for the Sue Ryder Ribble Way Challenge in the Ribblehead area a request was received from the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) to assist with 4 walkers in difficulty on Pen-y-Ghent. Weather conditions at the time were appalling with very heavy rain and high winds. Initially it was thought that one or more casualties would need carrying off with the whole party suffering various degrees of hypothermia.  Two 4 x 4 Landrover’s and 5 Team members dispatched to assist. On arrival it was determined that CRO had been able to walk the very wet and cold casualties to a Landrover and were transporting them off the hill.  (2.5 Rescue Person Hours)

19. 15th June Search 09:12 Hrs Abbey Village. Team requested to assist in the search for a male in the Abbey Village area. Person described as vulnerable.  Missing overnight and his car just located. Team deployed our Search Incident Control Unit and one Landrover, rest of Team brought to standby as an operational search plan was developed. Trailing search dog and handler from Bolton MRT requested to assist. Bolton MRT also requested to go to standby. Thankfully the person was located, safe near the Place Last Seen before a full Team page could be initiated. (5 Rescue Person Hours)

18. 14th June. Spot Pick Up. 20:13 Hrs. Intack Area, Longridge Fell.  The North West Ambulance service paged the Team with a request to assist a land ambulance crew attending a car that had crashed into a quarry, possibly, some hours ago. At this time the location of the incident was unknown.  As this was potentially a search Lancashire Police were contacted. They were aware of the incident and also requested that we attend. Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service also attending with a rope rescue unit from Lytham St. Annes. The location of the incident was determined as the quarries near Intack. A car had indeed left the road and landed in a tree. The driver was alive and still inside the car.  Fire & Rescue removed the roof from the car with paramedics from the ambulance service immobilising the casualty on a long board. The person was then placed on a Mountain Rescue Bell stretcher and carried by the Team over steep ground to awaiting land ambulance for the onward journey to hospital. A NW Ambulance Service HART unit was also in attendance.   (46 Rescue Person Hours)

17. 12th June Search 18:00 Hrs Todmorden, West Yorkshire.  The Team’s SARDA (England) search dog, Floss and handler were requested to assist Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team in the search for a vulnerable male. (5 Rescue Person Hours)

Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team Incident 690

16. 30th  May. Wray Area, Local Incident. 19:03 Hrs. Wray. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to assist with difficult access to a patient in a remote farm house in the Wray area. Described as up a steep overgrown track and 4 x 4 vehicle being required. Team members and vehicles already on route to our regular Wednesday training session were immediately diverted. However, after a very short period of time (9 minutes!) we were stood down as the ambulance crew had been able to gain access.

15. 30th May. Spot Pick Up. 12:07 Hrs. Leeds Liverpool Canal, Chorley. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to “standby”. The NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 08, was attending a casualty on the towpath of the Leeds – Liverpool Canal near Chorley and access could possibly be difficult. Team Controllers were contacted again some 20 minutes later to be informed that access for the Air Ambulance was indeed difficult. However, a Team member who lived close by had been able to escort the casualty, who had a wrist injury,   to the Air Ambulance and there was no need for the full Team to attend. (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

14. 27th May Search 19:55 Hrs Yarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley. Team requested   to provide support at an on-going incident where a group of teenagers had got in to difficulties whilst swimming in the Big Lodge at the Yarrow Valley Country Park. It was reported that 4 or 5 boys had been swimming in the large lake and one had got into difficulties with others trapped on a pontoon. The Team was asked to search the water margin. On arrival the Team was met with the large rescue effort from the other emergency services. The teenagers on the pontoon had been recovered to the shore but one person was still outstanding. On consultation with the Police Officer in charge it was decided that the Fire & Rescue Service supported by a specialist Police Underwater Search Unit would continue the rescue effort and the Team stood down. Sadly, shortly after 23:30 Hrs the body of a 15-year-old male was recovered from the lake. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the boy at this very sad time.      (30 Rescue Person Hours)

13. 26th May Search 18:19 Hrs Junction 8 M61, Botany Bay Area, Chorley.  Lancashire Police paged the Team to assist in the search for a male, missing from home, who had been seen crossing the motorway near Botany Bay and was giving concern for his safety. A search of a large area of farmland and the Leeds Liverpool Canal was requested. As Team members travelled to Chorley from as far north as Lancaster the person was located, safe, by Police.     (25 Rescue Person Hours)

12. 26th May. Spot Pick Up. 12:30 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to assist with a mountain biker who had fallen from his bike in the Hully Gully area of Gisburn Forest. Reported as having  head and pelvic injuries.  Cave Rescue Organisation requested to assist. Both Teams carrying the casualty as short distance to the waiting Yorkshire Air Ambulance for onward transport to the Royal Preston Hospital.    (12 Rescue Person Hours)

S4. 13th May. Standby Search.  18:37 Hrs. Croston, West Lancashire. Team requested to assist in the search for a vulnerable male in the Croston area. Missing for some hours but his car only just located. Team brought to standby but not used as the person was located by Police Officers just 200m away.

11. 12th May Search 03:59 Hrs Champion Moor, Slaidburn, Bowland. An early start for the Team following a  request to assist Lancashire Police with a search for a vulnerable male, age 56, in the Slaidburn area of Bowland. Person missing from late evening the previous day and giving cause for concern. The Team, assisted by Search Dogs and handlers from SARDA(England) , carried out an extensive search of open moorland and farmland over the next 10 hours. The missing person was located by the Police, safe, quite close to the Place Last Seen (PLS).   (180+ Rescue Person Hours)

10. 7th May. Spot Pick Up. 12:07 Hrs. Gisburn Forest. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to assist a mountain biker in difficulty in Gisburn Forest. Cave Rescue Organisation requested to assist. The informant had made his way out of the forest to summon help and initially the location of the incident within the woods was unknown.  Casualty reported with broken upper arm / dislocated shoulder. Once the casualty had been located he was splinted and then carried on a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher some 500m by members of both Teams to the waiting  NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 72 for onward transport to hospital.    (34 Rescue Person Hours)

9. 6th May. Spot Pick Up. 13:42 Hrs. Gisburn Forest. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to assist with a mountain biker who had fallen from his bike and sustained a punctured lung in Gisburn Forrest. Cave Rescue Organisation was requested to assist. Teams stood down with three vehicles mobile to the incident when it was determined that the casualty had walked to the waiting Air Ambulance and been evacuated.   (12 Rescue Person Hours)

8. 17th April. Spot Pick Up. 15:51 Hrs. River Wyre, Garstang. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to assist with a male having fallen from a bridge, down a steep bank and into the River Wyre at Garstang. Reported as having sustained a serious head injury and still in the water.  We were soon informed that the NW Air Ambulance had been able to land on a golf course right next to the casualty with the casualty on the river bank. We stood down with a number of persons on scene, two Land Rover vehicles mobile and others attending direct to the incident. Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service also in attendance.     (12 Rescue Person Hours)

S3. 6th April. Standby Search. 16:14 Hrs. Buckshaw Village, Chorley Area. Team requested to assist in the search for and elderly vulnerable male in the Buckshaw Village area of Chorley. However, as Incident Controllers were making their way to the local Police Station and a plan was being made to call out the full Team and other assets the missing person was located, safe and we stood down. (2 Rescue Person Hours)

7. 22nd March. Spot Pick Up. 12:11 Hrs. Gisburn Forrest. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to assist with a mountain biker who had sustained a serious ankle injury in Gisburn Forrest. Cave Rescue Organisation requested to assist.   The casualty was carried a short distance to a waiting land ambulance and then driven to the NW Air Ambulance for onward evacuation to hospital.    (10 Rescue Person Hours)

6. 20th March Search 11:45 Hrs Land Gate area of Ashton in Makerfield. Team requested to assist Bolton MRT with a search for a vulnerable male in the Ashton-in- Makerfield area of Wigan.  Team’s Trailing Dog, handler and 5 other Team members assisting.     (30 Rescue Persons Hours)

Bolton MRT incident 23/2012

5. 16th March Search 13:00 Hrs Silverdale Area. Team requested by Lancashire Police to undertake a search for a missing 76-year-old male on the Cumbria boarder at Silverdale. Missing person’s car located at Silverdale and may have been there for a number of days. An Incident control was set up in Silverdale. A radio communications network was set up by placing a Team Landrover at the summit of Arnside Knott acting as a wireless repeater station.  The Team, assisted by a Police Support Unit, undertook a search of a large area of foreshore, farmland & woods south from Silverdale to Jenny Brown Point and north to Arnside including the lower slopes of Arnside Knott and Woodwell . The Teams trailing and area search dogs also used with an additional search dog from the Lake District also assisting. The Lancashire Police Helicopter also over flew the area.   The coastal area below the high tide line was searched by Bay SAR & Coastguard SAR.  29 Team members attending this incident.  At approximately 23:00 Hrs the search was suspended with Bay SAR and Coastguard SAR tasked with continuing the search at first light.  Unfortunately, the body of the missing person was recovered from the bay shortly after the search resumed.  The Teams thoughts are extended to the family of the missing person at this sad time.  (250+ Rescue Person Hours)

4. 28th February. Spot Pick Up. 14: 12 Hrs. Stronstrey Bank, Anglezarke.   The North West Ambulance service needed assistance with a female, aged 66, in the White Coppice area. On contacting NWAS Control the exact location of the incident was determined as Stronstrey Bank on the track just south of White Coppice. The  NW Air Ambulance was not available.  Reported with a lower leg injury or possible broken ankle. At 14:17 a full page was initiated with the first Team members arriving on scene at 14:36 hrs.  The RV location was changed to the head of Anglezarke Reservoir as the location of the casualty was actually to the south of Moor Road in the woods on the banks of the reservoir. The casualty was carried the short distance to the waiting land ambulance.   (11 Rescue Person Hours)

3. 11th February. Spot Pick Up. 12:40 Hrs. Longridge Fell. The North West Ambulance Service had just received a call from a dog walker on Longridge Fell who he had come across a group of walkers. One of the group, a female, appeared to have an ankle/lower leg injury. At this time no exact location but it was agreed to get the Team mobile in the direction of Longridge Fell. The NW Air Ambulance was not requested due to the large amount of tree cover reported by the informant. The first Team members to arrive on scene met up with paramedics from a land ambulance and the informant. It was determined that the casualty was being assisted from the fell and was now on an easily driveable, but icy, track for the land ambulance.  Team members provided assistance to the ambulance crew and ensured that it was safely off the track and back on the tarmac. 20 Team members responding to this incident. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

S2. 9th February. Standby Search. 20:01 Hrs. Mellor Area. Search dogs and handlers requested to assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT with a search for an 80-year-old male in the Mellor area. Stood down on arrival as the missing person had just been located, safe.

2.  9th February Standby Bad Weather Cover 09:23 Hrs All Lancashire. Due to bad weather, freezing rain and very icy roads the NW Ambulance Service asked if we could assist. Air Ambulance grounded due to weather conditions. Two Landrover’s made available. Team stood down at 20:00 Hrs.  Team members were available throughout the rest of the evening and into the following day as low temperatures and snow expected through the night. Six incidents undertaken as follows:

i) Garstang, 11:24 Hrs, Male, 81. Dislocated shoulder having fallen on ice. Transferred by Team Landrover to Royal Preston Hospital.

ii) Over Kellert, 11:30 Hrs, Female, 74. Fallen and sustained a suspected fracture of lower left leg.  Pain relief gas administered and Vacuum Splint applied to leg.  Transported to Royal Lancaster  Infirmary in a Team Landrover.

iii) Ribbleton, Preston, 13:40 Hrs, Female, 69. Fractured neck of femur.  We don’t usually undertake “house calls” as our skills are obviously better suited to the outdoors but as a Team Landrover was the nearest available asset it was decided to attend. Pain relief gas administered and packaged in a vacuum mattress. Carried downstairs assisted by NWAS paramedics. Transported to the Royal Preston Hospital in a land ambulance.

iv) Garstang, 14:30 Hrs, Female, 88. “Fallen out of bed, get her back in!” Another house call. On arrival the lady had no apparent injuries but was obviously in a very confused state. It was decided to take her to hospital for a check-up.  A land ambulance was requested as a more appropriate vehicle to transport the lady to hospital in. 

v) Fulwood, Preston, Male . Fallen. Examined but no apparent injuries and advised to rest

vi) Ashton, Preston, Male. Fallen. Examined and referred to Primary Care.

S1. 5th February Standby Search 17:14 Hrs Gisburn Forest. Team requested to undertake an urgent search for three 12-year-old mountain bikers in Gisburn Forest. Separated from their parents and giving cause for concern due to darkness falling and low temperatures. However, as initial plans were being set the good news was received that they had been located, safe.

A further request was received from NW Ambulance Service as to our availability due to weather warnings (14:12 Hrs  4th  February). Again the bad weather did not materialise.

1. 4th February Search 01:38 Hrs Darwen Area.   Team’s search dogs & handlers requested to assist Bolton MRT in a search for a missing vulnerable female.   (10 Rescue Person Hours)

Bolton MRT Incident 48/2012

Also on 4th February a Team member assisted Langdale Ambleside MRT with an incident in the Loughrigg Tarn area.

Langdale Ambleside MRT Incident 9/2012

A quiet start to the year with no incidents to report from January. Requests from the North West Ambulance Service were received as to our availability for bad weather cover on a number of occasions (20:46 Hrs 26th January & 10:28 Hrs 27th January). Our 4 x 4 Landrover’s were made available at 30 minute notice should they be required.  However, the anticipated bad weather did not materialise in the west of the county.

 

 









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