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 2013 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. 

58. 27th December. Spot Pickup. 11:23 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland. The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) contacted the Team with a report via the Yorkshire Ambulance Service of a male mountain biker, fallen, with severe lower leg injuries in the Sheep Hill boardwalk area of the Gisburn Forest mountain bike trails. Team and CRO members carried the casualty on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher to a waiting Land Ambulance for the onward journey to hospital. 13 Team members involved in this incident. (26 Rescue Person Hours).

57. 19th December. Search. 22:39 Hrs. Yarrow Valley Country Park near Chorley. Team requested to assist Lancashire Police in the search for a male, aged 30. Reported as about to self-harm and giving cause for concern as to his safety. Team undertook searches around the Big Lodge and other watercourses within the Country Park. Shortly after 02:00 Hrs the Team stood down when the missing person returned to his home safe and unharmed. 10 Team members attending this incident with others available at first light. A Search Dog from SARDA(England) also attending this incident. Police units involved included two Missing From Home Search Managers, a Support Unit and a helicopter from the National Police Air Service (Warton). (35 Rescue Person Hours)

56. 4th December. Spot Pick-up. 12:40 Hrs. Pendle Hill. Two Team members assisted Rossendale & Pendle MRT with a paragliding incident on Pendle Hill. Unfortunately, the pilot lost his life in the incident. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to the person’s family and friends at this sad time. (8 Rescue Person Hours)

55. 29th November. Spot Pick-up. 16:50 Hrs. Wray, Lune Valley. Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a male, reported as fallen with a head injury, in a remote farm house near Wray. Ambulance crew experiencing difficulty getting up steep rough track to the farm. Team requested to assist with 4 x 4 Landrover or carry person down to waiting ambulance at bottom of track. 18 team members responding to this incident. (13.5 Rescue Person Hours)

54. 24th November. Spot Pick-up. 14:54 Hrs. Warton Crag Nature Reserve, Carnforth near Lancaster. Team received a page from the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a 65-year-old male suffering with breathing difficulties on Warton Crag. Exact location was uncertain. First Team members arrived on scene within 15 minutes. They soon determined that the person had been able to borrow an inhaler from a passer-by and had made his own way off the hill.18 team members responding to this incident. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

S17. 20th November. Standby Search. 15:16 Hrs. Preston. The Team was requested by Lancashire Constabulary to search the grounds of the Royal Preston Hospital for a missing patient. However, after speaking with the Police Officer in charge of the search it was decided that the Team would not deploy. Police resources already committed to the incident were adequate to complete the search.

53. 17th November. Spot Pick-up. 17:58 Hrs. Cowling, Chorley. Team received a page from the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a 57-year-old male suffering from chest pains. Location was the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Cowling, Chorley. Reported as on the opposite side of the canal to the towpath in a difficult to access location. On arrival, the Team was stood down. A canal barge had been used to move the gentleman across the canal to the towpath and the waiting paramedics. 18 Team members responding to this incident. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

52. 9th November. Spot Pick-up. 10:44 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team received a request from the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a 37-year-old male mountain biker. Reported with a "broken ankle in the forest". Team requested to initially RV with a land ambulance at the Hub, Stephen Park. The NW Air Ambulance (Helimed 72) from Barton in Greater Manchester was also dispatched. However, the Team stood down almost immediately with Team members responding to our vehicle bases (at Penwortham and Garstang) and direct when it was determined that the Ambulance crew could easily access the casualty and he was safe.

51. 29th October. Spot Pick-up. 12:30 Hrs. Hallin Fell, Patterdale, Lake District. A Team member assisted Patterdale MRT with a male with a broken / dislocated ankle on Hallin Fell in the Lake District.

50. 20th October. Spot Pick-up. 12:49 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team received a request from the North West Ambulance Service to assist a 14-year-old male mountain biker. Reported as "gone over the handle bars of his bike". The NW Air Ambulance was also dispatched. Team members staying at our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland were able to respond immediately. However, they stood down on arrival at the scene, as the Air Ambulance had been able to land close by. Other Team members and vehicles also stood down responding. This incident happened at "Simons Swamp". (12 Rescue Person Hours)

49. 4th October. Spot Pick-up / Search. 13:11 Hrs. Whitendale, Bowland. Team requested to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a male walker, aged 65. Reported with a broken ankle on the track between the Whitendale and Brennand valleys. A search of this track revealed nothing even though we were in mobile phone contact with the informant who was now some distance from the casualty. Weather deteriorating with heavy rain and visibility down to 50m. It became apparent that the casualty and informant were not where they thought they were. As time was ticking by and we were not locating the casualty it was decided to open up our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland and scale up for an extended search. Team members sent on foot over Dunsop Head. With other Team members and a Team vehicle proceeding to the Salter Fell track (Hornby Road). The casualty was located about 200 m from New Bridge some distance from the position they reported. The casualty’s ankle was splinted and pain relieving gas administered. Just as we were about to commence the evacuation of the casualty an Air Ambulance (Helimed 08) appeared. They had been monitoring the incident for some hours and an opening in the clouds had allowed them to get in. The casualty was quickly loaded on to the aircraft for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital (54 Rescue Person Hours)

48. 29th September. Spot Pick-up. 14:39 Hrs. Marshaw, Bowland. Whilst the majority of the Team was away in the Yorkshire Dales the North West Ambulance Service requested the Team assist with walker with a knee injury on a track at Tarnbrook. A land ambulance and a helicopter from the North West Air Ambulance had also been dispatched. On arrival both the Team and land ambulance could not locate the casualty. However, the crew of the Air Ambulance had realised that an incorrect grid reference had been given for the incident location and they had recovered the casualty from Clougha Pike some miles away. (4 Rescue Person Hours)

The Team has provided Rescue Safety Cover for the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross event in the Yorkshire Dales for over 40 years. We often deal with many casualties with various levels of injury from what is described as the toughest event of its type in the world. Apart from the usual cuts and bruises dealt with at the end of the event there were three fell incidents to report.

47. 29th September. Spot Pick-up. 14:31 Hrs. Whernside. Towards the end of the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross the Team was contacted by the Duty Controller of the Cave Rescue Organisation. They had a report of a male walker with a dislocated knee on the descent from the summit and could we assist. Team members descending downhill from the summit to locate the casualty. They were soon joined by other Team members and members of the Cave Rescue Organisation. The casualty was evacuated to the road head on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher by both Teams.

46. 29th September. Spot Pick-up. 11:15 Hrs. Ingleborough. The Team was alerted to another competitor who had also fallen from his bike and sustained a hip / pelvic injury. A Team land rover was dispatched from Cold Coates onto the slopes of Ingleborough to locate the casualty. On arrival other Team members, including a Paramedic, had also arrived and were commencing treatment of the patient. An Air Ambulance was requested via the Cave Rescue Organisation who also responded to this incident. On arrival of the Air Ambulance the casualty was quickly loaded for the onward journey to hospital.

45. 29th September. Spot Pick-up. 10:45 Hrs. Ingleborough. Team members became aware of a participant descending Ingleborough towards Cold Coates with a possible broken collar bone / shoulder injury. Team members located the casualty and splinted the injury. The casualty was able to continue to walk down to Cold Coates and return to the start with his supporters. On arrival at the field Team members administered further casualty care, warmed the casualty who had become cold and advised he attend hospital.

44. 8th September. Search. 00:08 Hrs. Horden Stoops, Anglezarke Moor. Bolton MRT had been contacted by Greater Manchester Police. The Police had been searching for a vulnerable male missing from home and known to be a keen hill walker. His car had been located at Horden Stoops on Anglezarke Moor. A search of footpaths on Anglezarke Moor and Winter Hill was undertaken by Bolton MRT, Rossendale & Pendle MRT and ourselves. At approximately 02:45 Hrs the missing person was located, safe, on Spitlers Edge. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

S16. 6th September. Standby Search. 18:42 Hrs. Blackburn. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire police. They had just received a report of a female in a distressed state on the northern outskirts of Blackburn. As this was just in Rossendale & Pendle MRT’s operational area the incident was passed to them to co-ordinate. Our Team members were brought to standby. However, both Teams stood down when news came that the female had been located, safe.

43. 5th September. Spot Pick-up. 12:04 Hrs. Sykes, Trough of Bowland. Team requested to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a male cyclist fallen from his bike down a steep embankment whilst descending from the summit of the Trough of Bowland towards Sykes Farm. First Team members on scene immediately assisted NWAS Paramedics with the on-going treatment of the casualty. He was quickly transferred to the NW Air Ambulance that had also arrived for rapid transfer to the Royal Preston Hospital. Unfortunately, we were informed that the casualty had passed away a short time after arrival in hospital. The Team extends our thoughts and sympathies to the family and friends of the casualty at this very sad time. (8 Rescue Person Hours)

42. 21st August. Search. 17:00 Hrs. Preston Docks, River Ribble, Preston. A second call out of the day. 15 Team members undertook a pre-arranged search of the tidal River Ribble for a missing person who had entered the water a few days earlier (see Incidents S14 & S15 below). Search taking place at low water. Team searched both riverbanks downstream from Preston Docks towards Clifton Marsh. With Coastguard SAR searching from the Warton towards the Ribble estuary. Bay SAR providing support with a boat in the river just in case of difficulties. Nothing found. (75 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. On Friday 23rd August a body was recovered from the River Ribble near Preston. We understand this to be the person we were searching for. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to the missing person’s family at this sad time.

41. 21st August. Search. 10:13 Hrs. Avenham Park, River Ribble, Preston. Team requested to search for a missing 46-year-old male in the Avenham area of Preston. (This is a separate search to Incidents S14 and S15). Missing person described as vulnerable and may self-harm. Missing since the previous day at approx. 23:15 Hrs. An extensive area of parkland, riverbank and disused railway lines searched but nothing found. 13 Team members assisting with this search that was stood down at 15:00 Hrs. Police units involved included a helicopter and police horses. (52 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. The missing person was located, safe, some hours later outside of the areas searched.

S15. 20th August. Search. Standby Search. 15:46 Hrs. Preston Docks, River Ribble, Preston. Following on from S14 the Team requested to assist in the continuing search for the missing person. Searches over the past few days by various units including Police Underwater Units had been fruitless and the intention was to search an extensive area along the banks of the River Ribble. The Team made preparations for search at low water the following day.

S14. 18th August. Standby Search. 20:18 Hrs. Preston Docks, River Ribble, Preston. Team requested by Lancashire Police to contact Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. A person had been seen in the River Ribble a few hours earlier and had been washed away. LF&RS requested our availability to assist with the ongoing search when it resumed the following day. Bolton MRT also contacted. However, the Team was not used.

S13. 17th August. Standby Spot Pick-up. 09:01 Hrs. Hoghton near Blackburn. The Team Leader was contacted by an Incident controller from Rossendale & Pendle MRT. They had a report via the North West Ambulance Service of an injured female mountain biker in the Hoghton area. The Ambulance Service was having difficulty locating the casualty and could Mountain Rescue help. Team Leader contacted NWAS Ambulance Control and from various grid references determined that the casualty was only a few hundred metres from a land ambulance that had been dispatched. A few minutes later it was confirmed that paramedics had met up with the casualty and MR would not be required. A RPMRT vehicle and the NW Air Ambulance stood down on route to this incident. (0.5 Rescue Person Hours)

40. 16th August. Search. 05:27 Hrs. Settle, North Yorkshire. A few hours after Incident 39 the Teams SARDA(England) search dog, Floss and handler were requested to assist the Cave Rescue Organisation with a search for a missing female at Settle in the Yorkshire Dales. However, they were stood down on arrival, as the missing person had turned up, safe.

Cave Rescue Organisation Incident 45/2013

39. 15th August. Search. 16:44 Hrs. Fulwood, Chorley. Team requested to assist Lancashire Police with the search for a 36-yer-old female in the Fulwood area near the ASDA superstore. An extensive search of fields, woods, footpaths and farmland was undertaken. Nothing was found and the search was stood down at midnight pending further investigations. 23 Team members participating in this search including our SARDA(England) search dog, Floss and handler. We were also supported by another SARDA(England) search dog and handler from Rossendale & Pendle MRT plus a search dog and handler from the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs (Penrith MRT). Police resources included a helicopter, dogs and support units. (180 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. There were a number of possible sightings of the missing person near the Place Last Seen but these were not reported at the time of the search. However, the missing person was located, safe, a few hours later in Preston City centre.

38. 14th August. Search. 23:54 Hrs. Astley Park, Chorley. The Team was requested to assist in the search for a vulnerable female who had left a ward from Chorley Hospital. Person was giving cause for concern due to clothes being worn and weather conditions. Although it was quite mild outside it was raining quite heavily. Team members commenced a search of Astley Park at 01:00 Hrs. However, the missing person was located by a member of the public on the main road outside the park near the Police Station at 01:30 Hrs. A quick assessment determined that only minor injuries had been sustained and she was returned to the hospital ward by police car. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

37. 3rd August. Spot Pick-up. 14:42 Hrs. Allerdale Ramble, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria. Whilst providing fell safety cover for the Borrowdale Fell Race (the Team has done this every year for the last 40 years) we were contacted by a member of Keswick MRT. They had a report of a female walker fallen with a head injury and could we assist? Details of the location of the incident were vague. We immediately tasked Team members to follow the route down from the Honister Pass with other Team members following the route up from Rosthwaite. Keswick Team searching the route from Grange. However, shortly afterwards the injured person walked on to the field at our Race Control. She had received first aid from other walkers and this was continued by the Team. Keswick Team then diverted a NW Ambulance Service land ambulance from Grange to the field where the casualty was quickly transferred to hospital (6 Rescue Person Hours)

Keswick MRT Incident 55/2013

36. 27th July. Spot Pick-up. 10:09 Hrs. Oxenhurst Clough near Dunsop Bridge, Bowland. Requested by North West Ambulance Service to assist in the evacuation of a female with a lower leg injury at Oxenhurst Clough on the lower slopes of Beatrix Fell near Dunsop Bridge. A number of Team members and a Team Landrover were at our headquarters, Smelt Mill, in the Trough of Bowland just a short distance away. They were able to respond immediately with other Team members and vehicles from our Garstang vehicle base also responding. The NW Air Ambulance and a land ambulance also attending. On arrival it was determined that the Air Ambulance would evacuate the casualty and the land ambulance was stood down. Team members applying a leg splint and carrying the casualty from the Clough (gully) to the helicopter. However, the Air Ambulance received a higher priority call and was called away. This left the Team to transport the casualty in our Landrover Ambulance to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. (28 Rescue Person Hours)

Whilst the Team was attending the incident at Oxenhurst Clough, a group of cyclists called in at our Smelt Mill Headquarters. A female member of their party was not feeling very well possibly due to the hot weather. A Team member who was at Smelt Mill looked after the person and gave the group refreshments. The lady felt that she could not carry on with their trip and it was decided that the Team member would take the person home. On arrival at home a relative decided to take the lady to A & E for a check-up.

35. 21st July. Search. 18:13 Hrs. Aughton near Ormskirk, West Lancashire. Team requested to assist in the search for a 52-year-old male in the Aughton area south of Ormskirk. Last seen the previous evening. Described as "out of character" his going missing and giving cause for concern for his safety. Believed he may be collapsed in the area to be searched which consisted of open fields and woods. Whilst the Team was responding to the incident the Team Leader was informed that the police were now in contact with the missing person by mobile phone. He was able to describe his position on the edge of woods and he could hear the Police Helicopter that was also searching for him but was unable to give his exact location. On arrival at the RV we were immediately told that the person had been located and could we assist. First Team members on scene administered first aid and prepared casualty for a rapid evacuation some 500m to a NW Ambulance Service land ambulance that had also arrived. Helimed assistance had been requested but not available due to fading light conditions. It was decided to request the Police Helicopter return and evacuate the casualty. Team carried casualty the short distance to the waiting helicopter for onward transport to a hospital in Liverpool. 10 Team members on scene with a further 10 stood down responding. (20 Rescue Person Hours)

34. 17th July. Spot Pick-up. 14:09 Hrs. River Lune, Gressingham. Team requested to assist NW Ambulance Service with a female who had fallen down a steep bank on the River Lune and sustained an ankle injury. First Team members on scene were stood down immediately as the NW Air Ambulance had been able to land in the dry river bed close to the casualty and there was no requirement to extract the casualty up the steep banking. Other responding Team members also stood down on route. (21 Rescue Person Hours)

S12. 16th July. Standby Search. 12:24 Hrs. Fleetwood. Team Leader contacted direct by a Lancashire Police Search Manager requesting advice. They had a missing male in the Fleetwood area. Some very small areas (in MR terms) of woods had been identified as needing searching plus an area of coastal path. It was suggested that available Police resources cover the woods and that Coastguard SAR be used in initial searches near the tidal River Wyre. It was agreed that MR would be contacted again after these initial tasks completed. Team Incident Controllers placed on standby. However, about an hour later the missing person was located well out of the search area at St. Annes and we did not deploy. (5 Rescue Person Hours)

33. 15th July. Search. 14:44 Hrs. Fiendsdale Head / Fair Snape Fell Area, Bowland. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police with a request to find a male on the Bowland Fells. The missing person had made a 999 call to say he was lost in mist and totally disorientated but unhurt. Full Team immediately paged to move to an RV at Bleasdale whilst other details were obtained. Team Leader was able to speak with the missing person by mobile phone and determine the route that the person had taken. He had been following an old guide book and some of the newer fences on the fell tops were not marked. With the wonders of modern technology & GPS we were able to determine exactly where he was on our mapping systems. It was then a relatively easy task to locate the missing person (who had been told to stay put) and escort him off the fell. Please see Incident 22/2012 for an almost identical incident in almost the same place. 15 Team members responding to this incident. (22.5 Rescue Person Hours)

Advice: Do please take a map and compass with you and know how to use it! The fell tops in Bowland are featureless and relatively easy to get lost on in poor visibility.

32. 14th July. Spot Pick-up. 17:57 Hrs. Healey Nab near Chorley, West Pennines. A further page was received from the North West Ambulance Service. A mountain biker had fallen and sustained facial injuries. Reported as unconscious. Incident on the Chorley side of Healey Nab. The Deputy Team Leader obtaining full details from the Ambulance Service as the Team Leader was dealing with Incident S11. Team accessed the casualty who was conscious and had started to make a recovery. He was quickly carried from the incident site about 600m on a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher to a waiting Land Ambulance for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. 16 Team members involved in this incident. Thanks to the members of the public who assisted with this incident. (16 Rescue Person Hours)

S11. 14th July. Standby Search. 17:48 Hrs. Blackpool. Team paged by Lancashire Police with a report of a missing male. Described as vulnerable and may self-harm. A search of woods, dunes and a nature reserve requested. However, as details were being obtained from the Police Search manager and the full Team about to be paged news came that the person had been located the Team immediately deploying on Incident 32 above. (0.25 Rescue Person Hours)

31. 30th June. Search. 11:05 Hrs. Leyland Area. Team requested to continue the search for the missing male from the previous day. See Incident 30. This time searching woods and fields near the River Lostock. Also, an area of woods and ponds at Shruggs Wood searched. Bolton MRT also requested to assist by our Team Leader. Unfortunately, at approx.16:55 Hrs Team members located the body of the missing male in dense undergrowth. After due process by the police the Team assisted with the recovery of the body. 7 Team members plus our SARDA (England) Search Dog and handler attending. 20 Team members from Bolton MRT also participating in the search. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the missing person at this sad time. (56 Rescue Person Hours)

30. 29th June. Search. 10:32 Hrs. Worden Country Park, Leyland. The Team was requested to search for a missing male, aged 23. Missing for some days and giving cause for concern. A very detailed search of the wooded areas of Worden Country Park was undertaken by 13 Team members plus the Teams SARDA (England) search dog and handler. Police resources included a support unit, dog and horses. Nothing found. (75 Rescue Person Hours)

29. 26th June. Spot Pick-up. 18:38 Hrs. High Bullough Reservoir, Anglezarke near Chorley. Team was contacted by the NW Ambulance Service with a report of a mountain biker with a severe ankle injury near the dam at High Bullough Reservoir. NW Air Ambulance attending but Team needed to carry person to the landing zone. A Bolton MRT vehicle and three persons were in the area and they were also asked to respond by our Team Leader. Casualty was carried to the waiting Helimed for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. 15 Team members on scene with a further 14 stood down responding. (32 Rescue Person Hours)

28. 26th June. Spot Pick-up. 13:24 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team received a request from NW Ambulance Service to assist a mountain biker with an open fracture of his leg. Reported as on steep ground. However, we stood down almost immediately with one vehicle mobile and others going direct. The NW Air Ambulance had been able to get close to the casualty and the terrain was not as rough as initially reported. This incident happened on "Hope Line". (70 Rescue Person Hours)

27. 22nd June. Search/Spot Pick-up. 16:30 Hrs. Clougha Area, Bowland. The Team had been providing fell safety cover for the annual Clougha Pike Fell Race. No incidents to report from the race but as the last of our Team members were returning from the hill we were approached by a race marshal who reported a male with a "broken leg" being helped down to the car park at Rigg Lane / Birk Bank by two companions. Seven Team members and two vehicles immediately relocated to the car park and commenced a search on foot up the path towards Clougha Pike. In anticipation of locating a casualty a full set of rescue kit was taken. The casualty and his group were located just above the woods on a steep slope. They were having difficulty progressing further. The gentlemen did indeed have a leg injury and could not weight bear on it. A page was made for further Team members to attend. It was decided to request the NW Air Ambulance and it was able to attend. Team members carried the casualty a short distance up hill to the helicopter and he was flown to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. (21 Rescue Person Hours)

26. 19th June. Search. 21:26 Hrs. Garstang. Just as we were returning to our Garstang Vehicle Base after Wednesday evening training we received a page from Lancashire Police concerning an elderly couple missing in the Garstang area. Last seen at approx. 18:30 Hrs and giving cause for concern for their safety. Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader immediately travelling the short distance to Garstang Police Station to obtain details. Rest of Team brought to standby and those still in the Garstang area asked to return to our vehicle base. It was decided that the Team would concentrate on the high risk areas of the Lancaster Canal and the River Wyre. Four Team members on mountain bikes immediately sent along the canal towpath with other Team members tasked with searching the banks of the River Wyre which was in low water conditions. Other Team members allocated to woods and fields around the Place Last Seen with the Police requested to concentrate their resources within the town. However, the incident was stood down at 22:53 Hrs when it was discovered that the couple had been admitted to the Royal Preston Hospital as one of them had suffered a fall. 25 Team members on this search. (37.5 Rescue Person Hours)

25. 7th June. Spot Pick-up. 19:07 Hrs. Wolf Fell, Bowland. The Team Leader was contacted directly by the Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager. They had received a 999 call relating to a paraglider who had crashed near Parlick Pike. Initial reports were that casualty had sustained a foot / lower leg injury but was unable to walk. Team leader was able to speak directly with the casualty scene and determined that the location was closer to Wolf Fell at a prominent rocky out crop. It was decided that the Team would access the fell via Wolfen Hall rather than the trek on foot over Parlick itself allowing our Landrover’s to get closer. On arrival the casualty had been moved downhill by a gamekeeper on a quad bike. However, on meeting up with the rescue team the casualties pain level had increased. Due to the nature of the incident with the casualty falling from height on to his feet it was decided take the precautionary steps of fully immobilising the patient. Pain killing drugs were administered. In failing light the casualty was evacuated to the Royal Preston Hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance that had been called. Sixteen Team members involved in this incident with three other MR persons from Penrith, Buxton and Dartmoor Teams who were on a trailing dog training course at our Smelt Mill HQ also assisting. (70 Rescue Person Hours)

24. 7th June. Search. 09:00 Hrs. Roby Mill, Up Holland near Skelmersdale. Team requested to continue the search for a 46-year-old male now missing for some 10 days (see Incident 22). The third day of searching with the Team requested to return and carry out more detailed searches of priority areas. Ten Team members joined by three Team members from Bolton MRT. Just as the first tasks were being completed the good news came at midday that the missing person had been located, safe, outside the identified search area at Ainsdale near Southport. (10 Rescue Person Hours)

23. 6th June. Spot Pick-up. 12:22 Hrs. Parlick Pike, Bowland. A report was received from the North West Ambulance Service of a crashed paraglider on Parlick Pike. On landing the casualty had been dragged down hill for some distance sustaining back and leg injuries. However, the Team stood down responding with two vehicles mobile and others going direct. Information received that the NW Air Ambulance had been able to land next to the casualty. The casualty was not on steep ground as initially reported. 11 Team members responding.

22. 5th June. Search. 17:23 Hrs. Roby Mill, Up Holland near Skelmersdale. Team requested to search for a 46-year-old male possibly missing for some 8 days since the 28th May but his car only just located. The Team carried out extensive searches of woodland, open ground and farm land around the place last see. Standing down at last light. Nothing found. The Team’s SARDA(England) search dog and handler also assisting. Police resources including support units and helicopter. 29 Team members in attendance. (130 Rescue Person Hours)

21. 26th May. Spot Pick-Up. 13:00 Hrs. Bolton Abbey Woods, North Yorkshire. A Team member whilst out walking at Bolton Abbey came across a group of walkers. A female walker in the group had fallen on a rocky path and sustained facial injuries. With the help of a local ranger he stayed with the casualty until the arrival of Yorkshire Ambulance Service paramedics and the Upper Wharfedale Team. She was then able to be walked to safety. (1.5 Rescue Person Hours)

20. 12th May. Spot Pick-Up. 14:28 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team requested to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a mountain biker who had fallen and sustained head, neck and back injuries on the Gisburn Forest mountain bike trails. The NW Air Ambulance had not been able to reach the incident location due to inclement weather. Team contacted the Cave Rescue Organisation to provide assistance and backup. However, both Teams stood down responding as the land Ambulance paramedics had reached the scene and the casualty was easily accessible. This incident happened on the bottom section of the "Hope Line" near Hesbert Hall. (6.5 Rescue Person Hours)

S10. 9th May. Standby Search. 01.07 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team paged by Lancashire Police with a report of a missing orienteer in Gisburn Forest. Out with a group of friends on a night exercise and had failed to return. Concern that the person may be injured within the forest. Having discussed options with the Police Force Incident Manager it was decided to respond and undertake a search. However, before a full Team page could be put out the person was located, safe. (0.5 Rescue Person Hour)

19. 7th May. Spot Pick-Up. 15:11 Hrs. St. Michael’s-on-Wyre. Team requested to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a male who had fallen down a steep bank. Reported with lower leg injuries. Team members who live & work locally were quickly on scene. It was determined that resources on scene could deal with the incident and the casualty was carried the short distance to the waiting ambulance. Our responding vehicles were stood down on route. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

18. 6th May. Spot Pick-Up. 15:12 Hrs. Healey Nab near Chorley. Team Leader contacted directly by Bolton MRT. They were responding to a request from the Lancashire Police to assist a mountain biker on Healy Nab and could we provide back up? Team paged for those local to Chorley to attend with 8 persons responding including a member of Swaledale Team on exercise with our Tracking Team at White Coppice. The combined Teams evacuating the casualty to the waiting NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 08. (8 Rescue Person Hours)

17. 4th May. Spot Pick-Up. 15:39 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team requested to assist the NW Ambulance Service with a mountain biker who had fallen and sustained shoulder and arm injuries. First Team members were quickly on scene and assisted with walking the casualty to the waiting NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 08, that had also been dispatched. Casualty was evacuated by Air Ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital. This incident happened on the "Leap of Faith" (12 Rescue Person Hours)

S09. 20th April. Standby Search. 18:19 Hrs. Easington Fell, Bowland. Team Incident Controllers paged with a report of four 15 year-old-males, on a Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, who had not reached a number of checkpoints on their route and had not been seen for some hours. Some concern for their safety but as you would expect they were very well equipped. Team members brought to standby and requested to ready vehicles at our Garstang and Penwortham bases as a precaution. Teams search dog and handler dispatched to area should a search be required. However, as these preparations were being made news came that the lads had sorted themselves out, re-found their route and were continuing to finish their expedition. Well done! (10 Rescue Person Hour)

16. 14th April. Spot Pick-Up. 13:45 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team members, present at the opening of the new Mountain Bike Trails at Gisburn Forest, attended a male who had fallen from his bike and sustained a head injury. The Team was unable to locate the person at the reported location of the incident. However, the casualty had made his way to the new café where he was checked over and kept warm by the Team. After an hour and a couple of cups of tea later the casualty decided to make his own way home. This incident happened on "Hope Line". (4.5 Rescue Person Hours)

13th April. Spot Pick-Up. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. A Team member came across a injured mountain biker on the red route 'The 8', he had fallen from the high log ride in the middle of the route and gone head first into a tree. He was assisted by a passing team member from Rossendale & Pendle MRT until paramedics from the NW Air Ambulance arrived. The biker who had sustained facial cuts and a possible neck injury, this was later confirmed and the biker had broken three of the bones in his back and will be in a neck brace for the next 8 weeks. This person was evacuated to hospital by the Air Ambulance.

15. 9th April. Spot Pick-Up. 20:27 hrs. Torrisholme Barrow, Morecambe. A 2nd callout of the day. The NW Ambulance Service had a report of a male with a serious ankle injury at Torrisholme Barrow on the outskirts of Morecambe. No ambulance immediately available with one on-route from the South Lakes.  Team members who live locally were first on scene within 10 minutes giving immediate first aid and protecting the casualty from the cold with a rescue shelter. Support provided by other Team members in vehicles from our Garstang and Preston bases.  Team vehicles stood down responding when an ambulance arrived quicker than expected from the Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Team members at the scene used equipment (a long board) from the ambulance to carry the patient to the road head.   (8 Rescue Person Hours)

14. 9th April. Spot Pick-Up. 14:43 hrs. Thornley-with-Wheatley, Longridge. A farmer had fallen from a quad bike and sustained a back injury in remote woods on steep ground. NW Ambulance Service requested we assist paramedics and the crew from the NW Air Ambulance, Helimed 72, with the extraction.  However, on arrival it was determined that the person was not as badly injured as first thought.  After being checked by the Team and paramedics everyone stood down on scene.  10 team members and two mountain rescue Landrover’s attending this incident.  (10 Rescue Person Hours)

S08.  25th March. Standby Local Incident / Bad Weather. 06:03 Hrs. Slaidburn, Bowland.  Team paged by NW Ambulance Service with a request to escort paramedics to the same remote farmhouse north of Slaidburn as Incident 13. Ambulance Control requested to see if they could access via the route used on the previous incident via Slaidburn and not the more direct route from Newton.  Team members heading to our vehicle bases. However, information received that the Ambulance crew had been able to access via the alternative route and we did not deploy.   (1 Rescue Person Hour)

13.  23rd March. Local Incident / Bad Weather. 01:00 Hrs. Slaidburn, Bowland.  Team paged by NW Ambulance Service with a request to escort paramedics to a remote farmhouse north of Slaidburn. On arrival it was determined that  paramedics had been able to reach Newton in their ambulance but could go no further due to deep drifting snow on a very steep, icy road. By this time the 2nd Landrover had arrived from Incident 12 and it was decided to go via Slaidburn, a slightly longer but flatter route. Team transported the paramedics through snow drifts up to 2m high in places to the farmhouse and assisted with the patient. After checking with the NW Ambulance Service Control  at Broughton in Preston that they had no further incidents for us the Team eventually returned to our  to Garstang & Penwortham vehicle bases at approx. 06:00 hrs.      (22.5 Rescue Person Hours)

12. 23rd March.  Local Incident / Bad Weather. 00:24 Hrs. Barnacre, Grizedale Bridge. Lancashire Police requested that the Team assist in the recovery of four persons trapped in their car near Grizedale Lea Reservoir, Barnacre. No injuries reported but other vehicles who had attempted to reach them also stuck. Team Leader was able to speak directly to the persons by mobile phone and confirmed they were safe but getting very cold. Two 4 x 4 Landrover’s sent to assist from our vehicle bases at Garstang & Penwortham. On route the Landrover crew from our Garstang base  came across a car trapped in a large snowdrift with  two persons about to attempt to make the trip home, over a mile away, on foot, in the arctic conditions with temperatures below -10 to -15 degrees and deep snowdrifts.  Clothing did not appear to be appropriate to the conditions. Persons picked up from their vehicle and taken to a safe location. The  Landrover then continued to the original incident. On arrival a Police 4 x 4 had also made it through the deep snow and this was used to transport the four persons to Garstang with the Team Landrover acting as escort. During this incident our second Landrover from Penwortham was diverted to Incident 13. Other Team members on standby to assist if required.      (15 Rescue Person Hours)

11. 22nd March.  Local Incident / Bad Weather. 21:05 Hrs. Wheelton near Chorley.  Team requested by NW Ambulance Service to assist with an ambulance with a patient on-board stuck in a snow drift in Wheelton.  Team members immediately attending our Penwortham base to ready a 4 x 4 Landrover. However, a Team member who lives locally was able to access the incident and determined that the patient had been transferred to another land ambulance and was on-route to hospital. The Team member then assisted with the recovery of the original ambulance.    (2.5 Rescue Person Hours)

10. 17th March.  Animal Rescue. 11:00 Hrs. Scout Rock, Hareden, Trough of Bowland.  Team members at our Smelt Mill H.Q. in the Trough of Bowland were approached by a local farmer to see if we could assist with the recovery of a sheep from a ledge at Scout Rock in the Hareden Valley.  Six Team members dispatched to investigate.  On arrival it was soon determined that the animal was not in the best of shape and unable to stand having been on the ledge for over a week.  The sheep was recovered to the farm at Hareden and is, hopefully, on the way to recover.   (24 Rescue Person Hours)

9. 27th February.  Search. 10:00 Hrs. Burscough near Ormskirk.  The Team,  again joined by Bolton MRT, police resources  and members of the public met at Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetland Trust to commence a third day of searching. Intention was to search a very large area of farm & moss lands.  At approx. 10:45 Hrs the very sad news came that the missing person had been located, deceased, by Police Officers in an area to the south of the Nature Reserve. Team members from Bolton MRT again assisting.   The Teams thoughts and condolences are extended   to the missing person’s young family and friends at this very sad time. (7.5 Rescue Person Hours)

S7. 26th February. Standby Search. 23:54 Hrs. Morecambe.  Team Incident Controllers page with a request to help with a search for an elderly male aged 82, reported as suffering dementia, missing in the centre of Morecambe.  After discussion with the Police no suitable area for us to search could be determined and with our commitment with incidents 7, 8 and 9 it was decided we would not attend.

8. 26th February.  Search. 09:51 Hrs. Burscough near Ormskirk. The Team was contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist with a second day of searching for the missing female. This time concentrating on a number of specific locations including dense woodland,   open ground and water margins.  Again assisted by Bolton MRT’s Trailing dog and handler plus navigator. Also joined by other members of Bolton MRT. Members of the public again assisting in the search but nothing found. (81 Rescue Person Hours)

7. 25th  February.  Search. 11:15 Hrs. Burscough near Ormskirk.  The Team was contacted by Lancashire Police requesting our assistance with the search for a missing 31-year-old female from Burscough. Missing since the previous day and giving cause for concern.  Extensive searches of open ground, farmland and disused railway embankments undertaken plus a search of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. Team assisted by Bolton MRT’s SARDA(Wales) Trailing Dog Borris, handler and navigator.  A large number of members of the public also searching following social media appeals.  Team stood down at 18:15 Hrs with all current tasks completed but the missing person still outstanding. 19 Team members attending. (133 Rescue Person Hours)

6. 19th February, Spot Pick-Up, 13:00 hrs. Smelt Mill Clough, Trough of Bowland. A worker from the local water supplier slipped and fell injuring his ankle near the water intake in Smelt Mill Clough, Trough of Bowland. This location is a few hundred metres up the hillside from our headquarters at Smelt Mill Cottages.  Four Team members who were undertaking repairs and maintenance on the building quickly accessed the casualty and determined that the rest of the Team would not be required.  Assisted by the injured person’s colleagues they brought the casualty down to the road on a stretcher for handover to paramedics who had arrived in a land ambulance. (2 Rescue Person Hours) 

S6. 5th February. Search Advice. 23:12 Hrs. Leyland.  Team Incident Controllers contacted by a Lancashire Police Missing from Home Manager requesting advice on a developing search for a gentleman in Leyland. Person giving case for concern as to his safety. From the available information it was decided not to deploy the Team. A number of small areas close to the Place Last Seen suggested for the Police to search. Team available for a first light start if required. We understand that the gentleman contacted his family and is, thankfully, safe.

S5. 3rd February. Standby Search. 17:12 Hrs. Warton Crag near Carnforth.  Team Incident Controllers page with a request to help in the search for a 13-year-old female on Warton Crag near Carnforth. Last seen at the trig point on the summit of the crag.  One of the Teams Incident Controllers was dispatched to rendezvous with Police at Warton with others making to our vehicle base in Garstang to prepare vehicles. However, before a full team page could be initiated the good news came that the girl had made her own way off the crag and was safe.

5. 26th January.  Standby Bad Weather Cover. 05:00 Hrs All Lancashire (Continued). Following our stand down from Incident 4 the North West Ambulance Service was contacted to see if they needed any assistance. The following 7 incidents attended mainly in East Lancashire:

i) Tarleton, West Lancashire. Male, Elderly, Renal issues. Patient required transfer to the Royal Preston Hospital. On arrival it was determined that transport in a Mountain Rescue 4 x 4 was unsuitable for this patient and informed that they would have to wait for a Land Ambulance.

ii) Darwen. Male, Elderly.  Team attended at a house in Darwen where a patient was reported as having difficulty getting back to his bed upstairs. Ambulance crew unable to access. On arrival it became apparent that the gentleman was quite happy where he was downstairs and the Team departed.

iii) Accrington. Female, Elderly. Reported as unable to get up following a fall. Ambulance crew managed to access and we were diverted while on-route to the next incident.

iv) Darwen, Female. Ambulance with female patient on board stuck in snow and unable to move. Team attended and freed the Ambulance escorting it to the main road where it proceeded to the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

v) Burnley. Team requested to attend a male in a house at Accrington. Apparently unconscious. Diverted to following incident whilst on route.

vi) Wilpshaw, Male, Elderly. Team requested to assist a Paramedic in a Rapid Response Vehicle who had attended an elderly male in some pain at a house in Wilpshaw. Due to the steep nature of the roads in the area an Ambulance unable to access. Team transported the patient and his wife to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Thanks to the patients wife for the directions to RBH. Far better than any GPS system!

vii) Rossendale & Pendle MRT had received a report via Lancashire Police of a male who had been trapped in his car since 19:00 Hrs the previous day due to snow in a remote area.  It was determined that the person was near Slaidburn, Bowland.  It was decided to send a Landrover from each Team to carry out a search. Teams stood down on-route when the news was received that the gentleman had made his way to a local farm and was safe.

The Team stood down from this cover at 14:00 Hrs. (38 Rescue person Hours)

4. 25th January.  Major Incident. 23:35 Hrs M6, Charnock Richard. As part of our standard operating procedures we inform Lancashire Police that we are operational when we are called directly by the NW Ambulance Service (the Fire & Rescue Service usually request us via the Police). On contacting Lancashire Police to inform them of our deployment on Incident S4 we were informed of a developing incident on the M6 near Charnock Richard Services. A significant snow fall had caused a number of lorries to “jack knife” and block the road south just to north of Junction 26.  The resulting tail back was back as far as Junction 28 with hundreds of vehicle’s stationary.  Stationary traffic also reported on the M61 near Junction 8 and on the M65 between Junctions 3 & 4. A major incident had been declared due to concern for the safety of person in the stranded vehicles. Team to attend at Charnock Richard Services and set up a Command Centre.  Team Leader requested to co-ordinate the Mountain Rescue response. NW Ambulance Service informed that we had been diverted to this incident. Bolton MRT, already out covering parts of Greater Manchester for NWAS, contacted to give them a “heads up” that they may be required to assist on the M61.  On arrival at the Service Station it was determined that the M65 and M61 were now moving again but the M6 was still a problem. The Team deployed onto the motorway to walk down between the rows of stranded cars to check everyone was OK with a Landrover on the hard shoulder as support. Some 7 Km of road walked with members of the public being given advice on how to stay warm. The majority of people in good spirits and looking out for each other but some a bit frustrated having been stuck for up to 7 hours. One Landrover dispatched to the north carriageway to assist with a diabetic motorist. Shortly before 05:00 Hrs traffic began to move slowly and we stood down. (35 Rescue Person hours)

S4. 25th January.  Standby Bad Weather Cover. 22:59 Hrs All Lancashire. Following a request from the North West Ambulance Service two of our 4 x 4 land rovers were made available.  NWAS were starting to experience difficulties due to snow and icy road conditions.  Arrangements made to locate vehicle’s at team members homes should they be required. However, as the vehicles were being moved from our Garstang and Penwortham bases we were soon diverted to Incident 4. 

S3.  21st January.  Standby Bad Weather Cover. 10:06 Hrs South of Chorley. A further request from the North West Ambulance Service to provide bad weather cover. One Landrover placed at a Team member’s house just north of Chorley ready for immediate deployment. A second crew on standby to collect a second Landrover from our Garstang vehicle base should it be required. We stood down from this standby at 15:00 Hrs on 22nd January. No incidents to report.

S2. 18th January. Search Advice. 13:05 Hrs. Waddington near Clitheroe.  Our team leader was contacted direct by the Lancashire Police Force Incident Manager (FIM). He had received a report of what was described as a powered parapenter in difficulties over the Clitheroe / Waddington area. It was decided that due to the size of area and with no one reported missing that is was not possible to mount a search at this time. Team Leader contacted the FIM during the afternoon but still with no one reported missing by the early evening the log was closed.

3. 17th January.  Standby Bad Weather Cover. 12:02 Hrs. All Lancashire. Following a request from the North West Ambulance Service two of our 4 x 4 Landrover’s were made available anticipating bad weather, snow and icy road conditions from 02:00 Hrs 18th January onwards over the next 48 hours. Landrovers placed with Team members at their homes ready for immediate deployment should they be required. Other Team members available who lived nearby to act as second crew.   Two incidents to report:

i) 18th January. 16:05. Parbold.  Team responded to report of female with back injuries after a sledging accident. At bottom of hill and needing to be carried out. However, the North West Air Ambulance was able to get closer than expected and we stood down with two vehicle’s mobile and others responding direct.

ii) 18th January 23:07. A farm, South of Chorely. Team requested to assist with the transport of a patient to hospital from a farm near Chorley. Farm track very icy. Land ambulance stuck with patient on-board. A First Responders in a car and a St. Johns Ambulance 4 x4 also stuck.  Team responded with both standby Landrover’s and other Team members who live locally. However, we were again stood down after news was received that the ambulance crew had sorted themselves out and were on their way to hospital.

The Team eventually stood down from this standby cover at midday on the 19th January.

S1. 14th January. Standby Search. 12:08 Hrs. River Ribble, Penwortham, Preston. With two of the Teams land rovers already deployed (Incident 2 below) we were contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist in the on-going search for a vulnerable female. Missing since approx. 07:00 Hrs in the Penwortham area with her home adjacent to a golf course and the River Ribble. As the Team was about to deploy the news came that the person had been located and had been transported to the Royal Preston Hospital.

2. 14th January.  Standby Bad Weather Cover. 10:00 Hrs North & East Lancashire. Following a request from the North West Ambulance Service two of our 4 x 4 land rovers were made available.  NWAS had been experiencing difficulties due to snow and icy road conditions. Rossendale & Pendle MRT also called out. Team stationed one vehicle at Blackburn and one vehicle at Lancaster. However, the weather conditions improved and the Team stood down at 15:30 Hrs. (27.5 rescue Person Hours)

1. 7th January.  Search. 21:23 Hrs. River Ribble, Ribchester.  The Team was contacted to see if we could assist in a multi-agency search for a missing male, aged 72, and giving cause for concern as to his safety. His car and been located near the former De Tably Arms public house by the River Ribble at Ribchester Bridge. Working with Lancashire Police and the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service an extensive search of the river banks, surrounding fields and farmland was undertaken.  LF&RS deploying a boat into the river. Team searching as far downstream as Sunderland Hall and Hothershall Lodge. The 18 Team members attending stood down at 04:00 Hrs with the person still outstanding. Team’s search dog, Floss and handler also undertaking a difficult search of steep woodland adjacent to the river. Police dog and helicopter units also involved. The following day the search recommenced with Bolton MRT being called in to take over from us. (117 Rescue Person Hours)

Update. 3rd February 2013. Unfortunately, the body of the missing person was located today near Samlesbury. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to members of the missing persons family and friends.









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