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 2014 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. 

54. 28th December. Search. 22:43 Hrs. Fulwood, Preston. Team requested to search for a vulnerable female who was giving Police cause for concern as to her safety. Last seen at approximately 18:30 Hrs but only reported missing at 21:30 Hrs. Areas of woodland and parkland searched but nothing found. Team stood down just after 03:00 Hrs with the person still outstanding having completed all identified tasks from the information available. 13 Team members attending this incident. (52 Rescue Person Hours)
Postscript: We understand that the missing person contacted her family later in the day from Blackpool and that, thankfully, she was safe.
 
53. 28th December. Spot Pick-Up. 13:13 Hrs. White Coppice, Anglezarke, West Pennine Moors. Deputy Team leader received a call from Bolton MRT. They had been advised of a female, aged 53, with a leg/ankle injury having slipped on ice. Incident passed to us as in our operational area. Casualty had fallen just at the start of the steep descent from the moors to White Coppice. With injuries treated with a vacuum splint, pain relieving gas administered and wrapped in a warm casualty bag the casualty was carried down to the Cricket Ground at White Coppice. (20 Rescue Person Hours)

52. 24th December. Spot Pick-Up. 11:52 Hrs. Lord’s Lot Wood near Carnforth. North West Ambulance Service paged the Team with a request to support a Land Ambulance and crew with an injured female in Lord’s Lot Wood near Carnforth. Casualty had suffered a leg injury, which was duly splinted. The Team utilised an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) to assist with the evacuation to the road head. 12 Team members attending with two of our 4 x 4 Landrover’s. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

51. 20th December. Spot Pick-Up. 17:07 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team requested to assist with a male mountain biker, aged 43, in Gisburn Forest near Hesbert Hall. Fallen from his bike with a shoulder injury. Team requested to RV with a NWAS land ambulance at The Hub. The Team was stood down at 17:33 with vehicles mobile and other Team members going direct. The land ambulance crew had been able to meet up with the casualty. This incident happened on the bottom section of the ”Hope Line”. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

50. 4th December. Spot Pick-Up. 11:45 Hrs. Yarrow Valley Country Park.
The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to provide support to paramedics attending a female stuck in mud at the Yarrow Valley Country Park. Casualty reported as having been stuck for some hours. Possibility of a long stretcher carry required. First Team members on scene determined that members of the public had been able to bring the casualty to safety. The NW Air Ambulance had landed close by and the Team would not be required. Team stood down with two of our Landrover 4 x 4 ambulances mobile with other team members attending direct. Police and Fire Services also responding to this incident. (20 Rescue Person Hours)

49. 29th November. Spot Pick-Up. Lee Quarry, Bacup. A Trainee Team Member assisted Rossendale & Pendle MRT with a carry to the North West Air Ambulance of an injured mountain biker with severe back and arm injuries. (1 Rescue Person Hours)

48. 20th November. Search. 16:26 Hrs. Carleton, Blackpool. A male, aged 60, was reported as missing in the Carleton area of Blackpool. Missing since the previous day but with a positive sighting earlier in the day near where he walked his dog. Team undertook searches of parkland, woodland, ponds, ditches and thick undergrowth. Nothing was found and search was suspended at 01:00 Hrs pending more information. The missing person returned home, safe, later in the day. 18 Team members attending this search with others on standby for further searches or stood down responding. (120+ Rescue Person Hours)

47. 19th November. Search. 19:06 Hrs. Lathom near Ormskirk, West Lancashire. Team requested to assist in the search for an elderly vulnerable female reported missing from a remote caravan park near Lathom. Extensive area of open land and woodland to be searched. However, as the missing person was described as very fit, a former fell runner and could walk large distances it was decided to request assistance from Bolton MRT’s Trailing Dog Unit to see if a direction of travel could be determined. The Trailing Dog Unit was on exercise with Swaledale MRT which they immediately left with an ETA of 22:00 Hrs at Lathom. One Team Landrover with 4 persons was prepared to provide support. The rest of Team on standby at our Garstang training base undertaking our regular Wednesday evening training session. The missing person was located, safe, by Police at approx. 20:30 Hrs and we stood down. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

46. 5th November. Police Assist. 13:48 Hrs. Warton main Quarry near Carnforth. Team paged with a request to assist Lancashire Police with the recovery of a body from Warton Main Quarry. Two Team members attended and it was determined that the full Team would not be required. The Team extends our thoughts and sympathies to members of the deceased’s family and friends at this sad time. (6 Rescue Person Hours)

45. 18th October. Spot Pick-Up. 16:21 Hrs. Nicky Nook near Garstang. Team requested to assist a male mountain biker, aged 15, with a severe head injury. Whilst descending a steep slope near the summit of Nicky Nook he had gone over the handlebars of his bike. Casualty treated by paramedics from the North West Air Ambulance (Helimed 72) and placed on a longboard. He was then transferred to a mountain rescue stretcher and then carried back up the steep slope to the waiting helicopter a short distance away. 18 Team members responding to this incident with two of our 4 x 4 Landrover ambulances. (27 Rescue Person Hours)

44. 5th October. Spot Pick-Up. 15:33 Hrs. Anglezarke Quarry near Chorley. A male climber had fallen to the ground from the first pitch of the classic rock climb Golden Tower (E2, 5a) in Anglezarke Quarry. Reported with back and neck injuries. First Aid administered and he was evacuated on a mountain rescue stretcher to the road. 22 Team members responding to this incident. (33 Rescue Person Hours)

43. 5th October. Spot Pick-Up / RTC. 13:45 Hrs. Trough Bridge, Marshaw, Bowland. As we were packing up and closing down our Smelt Mill Headquarters following the team training weekend the North West Air Ambulance appeared overhead. This was followed by a land ambulance that was travelling to the area of Sykes Farm to attend a cyclist that had fallen in a ditch. An offer to follow up with one of our 4 x 4 Landrover ambulances was accepted by the crew. In the meantime, one of our vehicles that had left earlier had arrived first on scene and had attracted the attention of the Air Ambulance with a smoke flare. The incident was in fact on the other side of the Trough from Sykes near Trough Bridge. The Air Ambulance was able to land on the road and the casualty was carried to the aircraft by the Team for the flight to Lancaster. (30 Rescue Person Hours)

S18. 4th October. Standby Search / Advice. 16:00 Hrs. Bowland. During the Team training weekend a Police Officer called in at our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland with a report of a vulnerable male missing from Blackpool and thought to be in the area. The Officer was advised that if the missing person’s car was located we would be available to carry out a search. The Officer was requested to preserve any potential PLS (Place Last Seen) for the maximum benefit of tracking, trailing and search dog resources.

42. 3rd October. Spot Pick-Up. 18:00 Hrs. Slaidburn, Bowland. Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a female fallen from a quad-bike at a remote farm in the Slaidburn area. As the Team was preparing for a training weekend, we were able to dispatch vehicles from all our bases at Garstang, Penwortham and the Trough of Bowland immediately. On arrival at the scene, pain-relieving drugs were administered and she was carried the short distance to the waiting land ambulance. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
The Team has provided safety cover for the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross for over forty years and this year was no exception. The usual cuts and bruises to participants at the end of the event were all patched up. A number of shoulder injuries on the hill were dealt with. These participants walking off safely. One incident to report that did not involve the event as follows:

41. 28th September. Spot Pick-Up. 13:15 Hrs. Whernside, North Yorkshire. A female had fallen and sustained a serious wrist injury on the lower slopes of Whernside. This incident happened within a few hundred meters of one of our medic teams providing support for the Cyclo Cross event and they were quickly on scene. There were also a number of Doctors within the casualties own party. With the assistance of colleagues in the Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO), the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called and the casualty was flown to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. (4 Rescue Person Hours)

S17. 27th September. Standby Search. 00:24 Hrs. Blackpool. Team Incident Controllers again paged in the early hours to see if we could assist with a search for a vulnerable male in the Blackpool area. On first contact with the Police Missing From Home Manager, we were informed that the missing person had just been located and we were not required.

40. 22nd September. Spot Pick-Up. 18:31 Hrs. Penwortham, Preston. Team paged by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a male, aged 30, fallen in a ditch from a motorbike on wasteland in Penwortham. He had sustained severe chest and abdomen injuries. Helimed 72 from the North West Air Ambulance also dispatched. However, due to the casualty being drenched in petrol he could not be transported on the aircraft due to the extreme fire risk. His clothes were removed, he was placed on a long board and then carried by the Team on a mountain rescue stretcher some 500 m to a waiting land ambulance for transport to the Royal Preston Hospital. (24 Rescue Person Hours)

39. 11th September. Search. 11:46 Hrs. Claughton-on-Brock, Garstang. Team requested to assist in the search for a vulnerable male in the Claughton-on Brock area. Team Leader requested assistance from Bolton MRT’s Trailing Dog Unit. One Team Landrover deployed to provide support with the rest of Team on standby. The missing person was located by Police. (20 Rescue Person Hours)

S16. 3rd September. Standby Search. 00:01 Hrs. Lytham St. Annes. Team Incident Controllers paged in the early hours to see if we could assist with a search for a vulnerable person in the Lytham St. Annes area. It was decided that more information was required before the Team could deploy and in the end we were not needed.

38. 27th August. Search. 13:41 Hrs. Chorley. Continuation of Incident S14. Police had received new information. An area of open farmland between Cowling and Healy Nab to the east of Chorley had been identified as a possible area the missing person may be. The missing person was located by the Team in fields to the east of the M61 motorway. He was in a poorly state and treated by the Team until he was stable enough to be carried on a mountain rescue stretcher to the waiting land ambulance. (50 Rescue Person Hours)

S15. 27th August. Standby Search. 01:05 Hrs. Chorley. Team Incident Controllers paged in the early hours to see if we could assist with a search for a vulnerable male in the Chorley area. Identified search areas were of an urban nature and it was decided we would not deploy at this stage.

S14. 26th August. Standby Search. 21:06 Hrs. Lancaster / Morecambe. Team requested to assist with the very urgent search for a 9-year-old girl missing from the Sports Centre at Salt Ayre, Lancaster. Female had been missing for some 45 minutes. A large police presence including helicopter and dogs. The initial plan was for our Team members based locally to attend immediately and commence a search of the grounds of the Sports Arena and Lancashire Coastal Way path towards Morecambe. However, the Team stood down when news received that the girl had been located, safe, by a member of the public on Morecambe Promenade.

37. 24th August. Spot Pick-Up. 15:56 Hrs. Charity Farm Caravan Site, Wrightington. Our Team Leader received a call direct from the Deputy Team Leader of Bolton MRT. They had received a call from the North West Ambulance Service of a female horse rider, fallen, with back injuries at Charity Farm near Wrightington in the south of Lancashire. As Bolton MRT were returning to their base from a display our Team Leader requested that that respond along with our Team. The casualty was placed on a long board and carried to the waiting ambulance by members of both Teams. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

36. 17th August. Spot Pick-Up. 17:40 Hrs. Trowbarrow Quarry near Carnforth. A male climber had fallen some 10m onto rocks at Trowbarrow Quarry. He had been on a route called Helden (E1, 5b) when he fell ripping out 3 points of protection. First Team members were quickly on-scene and liaised with Doctors from the Great North Air Ambulance (Pride of Cumbria) that had also been called. The casualty was treated for serious back injuries and stabilised in a full body vacuum splint. He was then placed on a mountain rescue stretcher and passed over large, unstable, boulders to the quarry floor. He was then carried the short distance to the waiting air ambulance for the onward journey to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. 19 Team members attending this incident with three of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. (30 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script: Luckily, the climber only sustained very heavy bruising. He was able to leave hospital the following day and will soon be back on the crag.

35. 8th August. Search. 09:22 Hrs. Blackpool. The Teams SARDA(England) dog handler and search dog, Floss accompanied by one Team member with a Team Landrover to act as navigator / support assisted Lancashire Police and the Coastguard with a search of the shore line at Blackpool for a missing 71-year old male. Large area of sand dunes and open land searched near Blackpool Airport. Nothing found. (8 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script: Sadly, the body of the missing man was recovered the following day. The Team extends it’s thoughts and sympathies to the gentleman’s family and friends at this time.

34. 6th August. Spot Pick-up. 16:20 Hrs. Littledale, Bowland. A forestry worker sustained serious leg injuries when a large tree he was cutting down sprang back and pinned him down. Fellow workers were able to free him with the use of chain saws. Team members assisted NWAS Service paramedics with his treatment and then carried him down a steep embankment to the waiting North West Air Ambulance that had also been called. He was quickly packaged on to the aircraft for the short journey to the Lancaster Royal Infirmary. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

33. 5th August. Search. 13:53 Hrs. Astley Park near Chorley. Team requested to search for a vulnerable female. Police had identified Astley Park in Chorley as an area the missing person may head for. It was decided to use search dogs and a tracking team commencing at 16:00 Hrs with the rest of the Team arriving from 17:00 Hrs onwards. By 19:00 Hrs all search tasks had been completed with nothing found and we stood down pending more information. (45 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script: Shortly after we had left the scene the missing female was located by Police, safe, at an address well outside our search area.

The Team has provided rescue cover for the Annual Borrowdale Fell Race (41st year of attendance). Apart from the usual cuts and bruises at the finish two incidents to report as follows:

32. 2nd August. Spot Pick-Up. 14:15 Hrs. Corridor Route, Scafell Pike, Lake District. Our Checkpoint at Sty Head received reports from participants that a fellow runner had fallen a significant distance (20m) down into a gully further up the Corridor Route near "the waterfalls". Our Control was informed and they contacted Wasdale MRT. Two Team members from Scafell Pike and two from Sty Head (taking rescue equipment from the Stretcher Box) immediately commenced a search of the route. They were joined by a member of Wasdale Team who was also in the area. On arriving at the incident location, the Team treated the casualty who had significant injuries. The Great North Air Ambulance arrived followed soon after by Wasdale Team, who had also called in Duddon & Furness MRT, and they continued with the casualties’ treatment. He was winched from the gully to the valley floor by an RAF Search & Rescue Sea King helicopter and then transferred to the Great North Air Ambulance for the onward journey to hospital. (8 Rescue Person Hours)

31. 2nd August. RTC. 11:40 Hrs. Honister Pass, Borrowdale, Lake District. Two Team members dealt with a cyclist who had fallen from his bike and crashed into a wall sustaining elbow injuries. The Great North Air Ambulance was also in attendance but due relatively minor injuries he was transferred by land ambulance to Carlisle. (2 Rescue Person Hours)

S13. 18th July. Standby Search. 09:46 Hrs. Fulwood, Preston. Team requested to assist Lancashire Police in the search for a missing person in the Fulwood area of Preston. However, as the identified search areas were mainly urban it was decided that the Team would not deploy.

30. 16th July. Spot Pick-Up. 13:53 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. The NW Ambulance Service paged the Team to assist with an injured cyclist in the causeway area of Gisburn Forest. However, on arrival the incident had been dealt with by paramedics from a NWAS land ambulance so the Team went for a brew at The Hub. (10 Rescue Person Hours)

S12. 14th July. Standby Search. 00:42 Hrs. Burscough Area. Request by Lancashire Police as to the availability of a scent discrimination trailing search dog to try to determine if missing person had actually been at the reported Place Last Seen. The Dog Team (from Bolton MRT) were unavailable. Due to the lack of any other information, it was decided not to deploy the full Team at this stage.

S11. 10th July. Standby Search. 17:20 Hrs. Skelmersdale. Lancashire Police requested assistance with an urgent search for a female in the Skelmersdale area. Missing since mid-afternoon but due to her vulnerability giving cause for concern as to her safety. Just after a Team Incident Controller had set of to the Police Station at Skelmersdale to formulate a search plan the news came that the person had been located, safe, and we were not required.

S10. 9th July. Spot Pick-up. 13:30 Hrs. Waddow Hall, Clitheroe. Team informed of an incident at Waddow Hall near Clitheroe and could we go to "standby". A report of a15-year-old female with a lower leg injury. However, it turned out the button had been pushed a bit too soon and we were not required. A False Alarm but of Good Intent.

29. 8th July. Search / Body Recovery. 20:16 Hrs. Abbey Village, West Pennines. The Team was requested to assist Lancashire Police with the urgent search for a vulnerable female in the Abbey Village area. However, as the Team was responding we received a further page at 20:51 Hrs. Unfortunately, the body of the missing female had been located by the initial Police search teams in the area of Roddlesworth Reservoir. After the Police had completed their processes, the Team recovered the body up the steep grassy wall of the dam to the road head. Our thoughts and sympathies with the missing person’s family and friends at this sad time. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

28. 4th July. Spot Pick-up. 23:39 Hrs. Hoghton Towers near Blackburn. The Team was paged by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a 42-year-old female, reported as "fallen in an inaccessible area", at Houghton Towers. However, the first land ambulance on scene was able to report that they could to deal with the casualty and we were quickly stood down with members heading to our bases for vehicles and direct to the incident.

27. 3rd July. Spot Pick-up. 12:33 Hrs. Lancaster Canal near Preston. The crew of the North West Air Ambulance requested that we assist them with a female who had sustained a lower leg injury on the canal towpath near Salwick. Air Ambulance had landed in a field within 50m of the casualty. The Team carried the casualty on a mountain rescue stretcher down a very steep bank and across hedges to the aircraft. A quite difficult carry but one of the shortest we have ever done! (12 Rescue Person Hours)

26. 30th June. Spot Pick-up. 12:09 Hrs. River Ribble near Ribchester. Team Leader contacted direct by Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle Team. They were responding to an incident at Ribchester and requested we assist. A male telecommunications worker, inspecting telegraph poles on the banks of the River Ribble had tripped and sustained an ankle injury. Both Teams combined to carry the casualty to the waiting Air Ambulance at Dewhurst House. See Incident 25/2011 for an almost identical rescue. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

25. 28th June. Search. 19:28 Hrs. Silverdale Area, North Lancashire. Lancashire Police paged the Team’s Incident Controls with a request for us join the developing search for a vulnerable elderly female, aged 76, missing in the Silverdale area of North Lancashire. Missing since about 17:15 Hrs. Coastguard SAR, RNLI Hovercraft, Police helicopter and other Police resources had searched the obvious high-risk areas of the coast from Silverdale north to Arnside and south to Jenny Brown’s Point but to no avail. The Team was tasked with searching footpaths, woods, crags and farmland as the search area was increased in size. The search continued until approx. 03:00 Hrs when it was decided to suspend operations and continue in the morning. When the search recommenced the support of Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team was requested. Due to the heavy rain throughout the night concern for the missing person was growing. Early in the afternoon, the female was located in dense undergrowth near Jenny Brown’s Point by a search dog from the Lake District. Much to the relief of everyone she was safe and uninjured. The following Mountain Rescue resources used in this search:

20 x Bowland Pennine MRT, 15 x Kendal MRT, 1 x Bolton MRT members

Search dogs and handlers from SARDA (England) – Bowland Pennine MRT, SARADA (Wales) – Bolton MRT, Lake District Mountain Search Dogs - Kendal, Duddon & Furness and Penrith MRT’s.

(Approx. 300 Rescue Person Hours by Voluntary Mountain Rescue Teams)

Other resources including Police Helicopter, Dog Unit, Support Units, PCSO’s, Coastguard SAR, RNLI Hovercraft, Lancashire F&RS Urban Search & Rescue Units.

Mention should also be made of the many members of the public who helped in the search and provided valuable local knowledge.

24. 18th June. Spot Pick-up. 14:21 Hrs. River Brock near Garstang. A female walker had tripped and sustained shoulder and minor head injuries in Bob’s Wood in the River Brock Valley. Casualty located and treated by the Team. As the path back to the road was very narrow and over grown the decision was made to egress from the valley to farmland above for the relatively easy carry across open fields back to a waiting land ambulance at the road. (18 Rescue Person Hours)

S9. 15th June. Spot Pick-up. 21:58 Hrs. Yarrow Reservoir, West Pennines. Bolton MRT and ourselves paged with a report of a male fallen down a steep bank near Alance Bridge. Injuries described as serious. However, as we mobilised it became clear that enough resources would be available as Fire & Rescue and a HART Team from Manchester had also been called. Due to the close proximity to the road of the incident, the decision was taken for us to stand down.

12th June. Fell Race Safety Cover. Winter Hill. Rossendale & Pendle MRT and ourselves were contacted by Bolton MRT late in the afternoon. They had been called to a search in South Manchester but had a commitment to provide fell safety cover for the Two Lads Fell Race in the evening. Request was to provide cover just in case they had not completed the missing person search. RPMRT and ourselves provide one vehicle each and eight persons in total to cover the event. One incident to report. A female runner sustained an ankle injury that was dealt with by Rossendale & Pendle Team members.

23. 12th June. Spot Pick-up. 13:35 Hrs. Parlick Pike near Chipping. The Team was contacted to assist the North West Air Ambulance with a crashed paraglider. The male pilot was located some 175m west of the summit cairn of Parlick Pike on a steep slope. Reported as an uncontrolled fall of some 30m. He had sustained extensive and serious injuries. The casualty was treated by the Team and paramedics from the Air Ambulance. He was placed in a full body vacuum splint and carried on a mountain rescue stretcher down to the waiting NW Air Ambulance located in fields above Blindhurst. (24 Rescue Person Hours)

22. 11th June. Spot Pick-up. 12:40 Hrs. "Waterworks Bridge", River Lune, Caton. A female had fallen and sustained an ankle injury near the Waterworks Bridge north of the Picnic Site at Caton on the River Lune. Casualty reported as on the north side of the river in woods. Intention was for the Team to access in our 4 x 4 vehicles across farmland from Bull Beck. However, we were stood down with two vehicles mobile and other Team members going direct when it was confirmed that the NW Air Ambulance had been able to land close by and we were not required.

21. 10th June. Search. 09:50 Hrs. The Beacon near Skelmersdale. Team requested to search for a vulnerable male in the Ashurst’s Beacon Country Park area near Skelmersdale. The incident was stood down with Team members and vehicles mobile when it was determined that the missing person was highly mobile and probably in the Wigan area.

20. 9th June. Spot Pick-up. 19:21 Hrs. Boilton Wood, Ribbleton, Preston. Team Incident Controllers were attending a meeting when we were contacted by the North West Ambulance Service. A teenager had fallen from a rope swing sustaining back and head injuries. This incident was within 2 km of the meeting location and, unusually, six Incident Controllers were first on scene! They were soon backed up by two 4 x 4 Landrovers and other Team members. The casualty was treated by NWAS paramedics then packaged in a full body vacuum splint. He was then carried on a Bell mountain rescue stretcher 800m to the waiting land ambulance for onward transport to the Royal Preston Hospital. 18 Team members attending this incident. (27 Rescue Person Hours)

S8. 1st June. Standby Search. 21:03 Hrs. Upholland near Wigan. The Team, along with Bolton MRT, were requested to undertake a search for a missing person on the borders of Lancashire & Greater Manchester. However, before both Teams could fully mobilise the search was called off.

19. 1st June. Spot Pick-up. 19:31. Hrs Denham Quarry near Chorley. A request was received to assist with a young female in a semi-conscious state near the summit Trig Point at Denham Quarry. Despite the warm weather, the casualty was getting cold having been there for some time. Casualty carried by the Team across fields to the road for the onward journey to Chorley Hospital. (18 Rescue Person Hours)

18. 30th May. Spot Pick-up. 19:59 Hrs. River Ribble, Fishwick Bottoms, Preston. The Team assisted the North West Ambulance Service with a vulnerable male on the Preston Guild Wheel Cycle Way near the River Ribble at Preston. Casualty had life threating injuries and was quickly carried some 500m to a waiting land ambulance for onward transport to the Royal Preston Hospital. 16 Team members responding to this incident. (24 Rescue Person Hours)

17. 26th May. Spot Pick-up. 13:07 Hrs. Brock Bottoms near Garstang. The Team was called to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a teenage boy who had fallen from a rope swing at Brock Bottoms. The NW Air Ambulance had landed some distance away in a field at the top of the wooded valley. Casualty was treated for back injuries and placed on a Bell stretcher for the short carry across the River Brock (wet feet) to a waiting land ambulance. The casualty was then taken in the land ambulance to the waiting Air Ambulance. Team members assisted with loading the young person onto the helicopter for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. 10 Team members on scene at this incident with others stood down on route. (10 Rescue Person Hours)

16. 25th May. Spot Pick-up. 19:29 Hrs. Smelt Mill, Trough of Bowland. The NW Ambulance Service paged the Team with an unusual report of a cyclist having crashed at the cattle grid located beside our Smelt Mill HQ in the Trough of Bowland. The person had tumbled over the railings and fallen into the gully besides the building. On arrival, the Team was able to assist the person to the road who had, fortunately, not received serious injuries. (17 Rescue Person Hours)

15. 24th May. Search. 22:20 Hrs. Adlington near Chorley. Team requested to search for a vulnerable male reported as about to self-harm. The Police had receive information that he had purchased a tent at a local store some hours previously. An extensive search of footpaths, water margins and woods was undertaken around the Anglezarke, Upper Rivington, Yarrow Reservoirs and Healy Nab. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath was also searched from Chorley to south of Adlington. At first light, the missing person was located, camping, in an area of dense rhododendrons near the Upper Rivington Reservoir dam. After Police talked with the male and confirmed the missing person was "just taking sometime out" it was decide to leave him where he was and we stood down at approximately 07:00 Hrs. (56 Rescue Person Hours)

S7. 19th May. Standby Search. 18:50 Hrs. Leyland Area. Request by Lancashire Police as to the availability of the Team and a scent discrimination trailing search dog. Call passed to Bolton MRT to determine if Dog Team available whilst the Team brought to standby. In the end due to the potential search areas being mainly urban neither Team nor the Dog Unit deployed.

S6. 29th April. Standby Search. 02:40 Hrs Mawdsley, West Lancashire. Team Incident Controllers were contacted by Lancashire Police requesting assistance with a search for two youngsters, aged 10 (boy) & 12 (girl), missing in the Mawdsley area of West Lancashire. After discussing with the POLSA (Police Search Advisor), it was decided that this was not a search suitable for a MRT. A number of search areas were suggested to the Police close to the Place Last Seen (PLS) and we understand that the missing persons were located safe in a local park shortly afterwards.

14. 28th April. Spot Pick-up. 15:34 Hrs Silverdale Area near Carnforth. The Team Leader was contacted by the Duty Controller of the Cave Rescue Organisation based in Clapham, North Yorkshire. They had been called by the North West Ambulance to a 79-year-old gentleman who had sustained a leg injury at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve, Silverdale. As Silverdale is in our operational area, we responded. The casualty was located some 600m from the road. He was then carried on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher to the waiting Land Ambulance for the onward journey to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. (20 rescue person Hours).

13. 27th April. Ambulance Assist. 21:55 Hrs Chipping Area, Bowland. Team was paged by the North West Ambulance Service. They had a patient in a remote farmhouse near Chipping with an urgent medical condition. The responding ambulance was stuck in a narrow lane approaching the farm. A second ambulance had been dispatched but was some distance away. It was decided to send two of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances to offer what assistance we could. One Landrover would approach the farm in the direction of the original land ambulance and the other would approach by a different route. The Team arrived at the farm just after the second ambulance and it was confirmed that they could take the patient to hospital. The Team then located the first ambulance and recovered it to the road head. 8 persons on scene with others on standby. (16 Rescue Person Hours).

12. 15th April. Spot Pick-up. 11:44 Hrs Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Lancashire Police paged Team Incident Controllers with information that a female mountain biker had fallen in the Whelp Stone Crag area of Gisburn Forest and sustained a leg injury. Team Leader was able to speak by mobile phone with the informant. Using MRMAP and the SARLOC GPS mapping technology it was determined that the casualty was on the red route at the Sheep Hill boardwalk area of the mountain bike trails and not Whelp Stone Crag. The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) was contacted to assist. The Team and CRO members carried the casualty on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher to a waiting Land Ambulance for the onward journey to hospital. Thanks to the passing mountain biker who allowed his smart phone to be used with the SARLOC technology to determine the exact position of the casualty. 8 Team members involved in this incident. (16 Rescue Person Hours).

11. 11th April. Search. 10:00 Hrs. River Ribble, Preston. The Team were again requested to assist in the continuing search for a man from Preston (Incidents 10 & S5). Now missing for some 2 weeks. A very detailed search of Miller and Avenham Park’s was undertaken as well as some wooded areas. Again, nothing was found. (45 Rescue Person Hours)

Postscript: Sadly, on the 14th April, the body of the missing person was located on the shoreline at Lytham St.Annes. The Team thoughts and sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the missing person.

10. 8th April. Search. 10:00 Hrs. River Ribble, Preston. Continuation of Incident S5 from the 26th March. Two Team members were scheduled to take part in a search exercise with Lancashire Police. However, along with two members of Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team who were also attending the exercise they joined Police Officers to carry out a detailed search of woodlands in the Preston area. Nothing found. (8 rescue Person Hours)

9. 1st April . Body Recovery. 20:29 Hrs Wiswell Moor Quarry, Whalley, East Lancashire, Team requested assist Rossendale & Pendle MRT in the recovery of the body of a male that had been discovered at Wiswell Moor Quarry near Whalley Golf Club. Members of RPMRT were already committed to two other incidents so we were asked to provide support. Body recovered using our new 4 x 4 Landrover. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to the missing person’s family and friends. (30 Rescue Person Hours)

S5. 26th March. Search Advice. 13:35 Hrs. River Ribble, Preston. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police regarding a missing male from the Preston area. Missing for some days. Police Underwater Unit and other Officers were searching the banks of the River Ribble and the Coastguard had been informed. After assessing the very limited information available and confirming that all the obvious areas (local parks, woods etc) were being covered by Police resources it was decided not to deploy at this time.

8. 25th March. Spot Pick-up. 13:40 Hrs Dunsop Head, Whitendale, Bowland. Team requested to attend a female with a suspected broken / upper arm injury after falling on the slippery boardwalk across Dunsop Head. Team stood down on arrival. The casualty was evacuated by the North West Air Ambulance that had also arrived at the same time as we did. 13 team members attending this incident with two of our 4 x 4 Landrovers. (18 Rescue Person Hours)

S4. 24th March. Search Advice. 15:45 Hrs. Ormskirk, West Lancashire. The Team was requested by Lancashire Police as to the availability of a scent discrimination trailing search dog to assist in the search for a missing female, aged 38. Person had been missing for some 3+ days but car only just located. Team Leader arranged for the dog handler, from Bolton MRT / SARDA(Wales) to speak with the police officer in charge of the incident. Due to the location of the car and age on any trail it was decide not to deploy.

Postscript: We understand that shortly afterwards the body of the missing female was located by Police Officers. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to the missing persons family.

7. 21st March. Spot Pick-up. 16:09 Hrs Near Pimms, Anglezarke Moor. Team Leader contacted direct by a Team member who was out with a group on a Duke of Edinburgh Award training day. A female member of the group, aged 16, had sustained a knee injury and they were unable to walk her off the hill. Incident location was just north of Pimms on the track about 750m from the A675 at Piccadilly. Team members escorted NWAS paramedics to the scene from the road and an air ambulance from the North West Air Ambulance also arrived. The casualty was then carried the short distance by Team members to the waiting helicopter, Helimed 75, for the onward journey to Blackburn Hospital. 10 Team members and one 4 x 4 Landrover ambulance attending this incident with others on standby should they be required at our Garstang base. (16 Rescue Person Hours)

S3. 8th March. Standby Search. 21:34 Hrs. River Ribble, Ribchester. A second page of the evening. This time from Lancashire Constabulary with a request to assist in the urgent search for a vulnerable male in the Ribchester Area. Search of paths, fields and the banks of the River Ribble required around the Place Last Seen. A Team Incident Controller was sent to Longridge Police Station to meet up with the Police Missing From Home Manager to formulate an initial search plan. However, before a full Team Call Out could be initiated the news came that the Police had located the missing person and we were not required.

6. 8th March. Spot Pick-Up. 1943 Hrs. River Ribble, Samlesbury, Preston. The Team was contacted by the North West Ambulance Service with a report of a diabetic angler, collapsed on the banks of the River Ribble near the Tickled Trout Hotel. Team required to help with the extraction up the steep bank. However, Paramedics had been able to revive the casualty and with the aid of his friends had walked him to the waiting land ambulance. The Team stood down with a number of Team members on scene and two vehicles mobile. 16 Team members in all responding to this incident. (8 Rescue Person Hours)

S2. 19th February. Search Advice. Blackpool. 10:29 Hrs. The Team was requested by Lancashire Police as to the availability of a scent discrimination trailing search dog. However, the Search Dog and Handler (from Bolton MRT) were away in the Cairngorms, Scotland on winter training. The Team was not required for this search.

5. 18th February. Spot Pick-up. 10:03 Hrs Warton Crag near Carnforth. Shouts had been heard in the area of Warton Main Quarry and reported by a member of the public. Kendal MSRT had received the initial call and requested that we attend as well. The NWAA was also attending. We were stood down on route at 10:20 Hrs with one vehicle mobile and other Team members attending directly when it was determined that persons in the Quarry were not in difficulty. A False Alarm but of Good Intent.

4. 15th February. Search. Blackburn Area. 00:46 Hrs. Team Incident Controllers were contacted by the Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle MRT. They were assisting Lancashire Police in the search for a vulnerable 13-year-old youth missing in Blackburn. Due to the very wet and inclement weather conditions, Rossendale Team had decided to contact Bolton MRT, Cheshire SAR and ourselves to assist with this urgent search. We were stood down on route to the RV at 01:40 Hrs when the good news was received that the missing person had been located, safe. The Teams SARDA (England) search dog and handler also responding.

S1. 22nd January. Search Advice. Lancaster. 09:30 Hrs. The Team Leader was contacted by a Lancashire Police Search Advisor (POLSA) about a developing search in the Lancaster area. A male had been missing for some days and there was little to go on as to his whereabouts. From the information that was known no suitable area for the Team to search could be identified. A number of suggestions were made to the Police and over the next few days, further discussions with the POLSA took place. Extensive Police enquires are continuing.

Post Script: We have been informed that, sadly, the missing person was located deceased on Wednesday 19th February. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are passed to the missing persons family and friends.

3. 16th January. Search / Body Recovery. 13:56 Hrs. Brockholes Nature Reserve near Preston. The Team was requested to assist Lancashire Police in the search for a vulnerable male. However, before a full team call out could be instigated the sad news was received that a body had been located by Police Officers and we would not be required. Shortly afterwards a further request was received for the Team to assist in the recovery. 10 Team members assisting with this task. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to the family and friends of the missing person at this difficult time. (25 Rescue Person Hours)

2. 12th January. Spot Pick-up. 12:16 Hrs Grizedale Reservoir, Nicky Nook near Scorton. North West Ambulance Service requested the Team assist with a female in the Grizedale Valley area of Nicky Nook. Person reported with a back injury. On arrival, the Team was able to transport two NWAS paramedics very close to the casualty location. The lady had sustained a reoccurrence of a back injury, was in some pain and unable to move. The Team administered suitable analgesia and was able to help her to one of our Landrover vehicles. This was driven very slowly to the waiting land ambulance at the road head. 24 Team members involved in this incident. (36 Rescue Person Hours).

1. 10th January. Spot Pick-up. 18:48 Hrs Lancaster. Team paged by the North West Ambulance Service with a report of a female fallen down steep banking in a wooded area on the outskirts of Lancaster. Person had reported leg injuries and back pain. On arrival at the scene, the Team met up with Police and Ambulance officers also responding. The person could not be located. The Team commenced formal searching of a number of wooded areas and school playing fields. Preparations made to deploy further personnel and our Search Incident Control Unit. Request made to the Police to see if a helicopter from the National Police Air Service could be made available to assist in this now urgent search. The person was located uninjured by Team members. After an assessment by the Ambulance crews she was handed over to the Police. It turned out the person was well known to the police and ambulance service for regularly wasting their time, and are now taking suitable action against her. 22 Team members involved with others on route to our Garstang Vehicle Base to bring additional vehicles and resources. (36 Rescue Person Hours minimum).









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