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 2015 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. 

S14. 30th December. Spot Pick-up. 15:48 Hrs. Croston. Team requested to assist with a female who had a hand injury. However, on contacting the casualty it turned out that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were already on scene and the Team was not required. The Team stood down with Team members already on route to collect vehicles and attending directly.

70. 28th December. Major Incident. Flooding. Civil Aid. 06:00 Hrs. York. Seven Team members met at our Garstang Base ready to travel to York to assist in the major response to the flooding in York due to Storm Eva. Team tasked to operate from 09:00 Hrs until 21:00 Hrs. The Team was made up of five Swift Water Technicians and two drivers / support persons. The Team deployed in two of our 4 x 4 Land Rovers with our semi-ridged boat. At 09:00 Hrs they joined the large MR contingent from around England and Wales for briefing and tasking. Teams initial tasking was to check on an elderly woman reported as trapped in an upstairs flat in the middle of the floods. Access was gained via the rear of the property through a window by a Team member who was then able to open the front door from inside the flat. The woman, who was unharmed but distressed by the situation, was brought to safety through the floods on a water sledge. After returning to the Command Centre for some well-earned refreshment, the next tasking was to check on outlying areas. During this phase the Team was supported by the Police and The Army. The Army Team were from the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster Regiment (2LANCS) based at Weeton, a few miles down the road from our Garstang Base. Many houses were checked and country lanes driven and thankfully all persons encountered were safe and well. The later part of this tasking being under darkness in very deep water which was particularly hazardous. Team stood down as planned at 21:00 Hrs and returned to Garstang just before midnight. (144 Rescue Person Hours)

69. 27th December. Spot Pick-Up. 15:38 Hrs. Heapy near Chorley. Whilst preparations were being made to travel to York the following day a report was received from the North West Ambulance Service of a collapsed 21-year-old male near Cliffs Farm, Heapy. However, the Team was soon stood down at 15:55 Hrs as the casualty had been able to make it to a private 4 x 4 vehicle and was being driven down to the road head to the waiting Land Ambulance. Ten Team members responding to this incident. (10 rescue Person Hours)

27th December. Major Incident. 01:34 Hrs. York. A National Alert was put out at the request of the North Yorkshire Mountain Rescue Teams to all Mountain Rescue Regions in the UK for assistance in York. Request was for SRT’s (Swiftwater Rescue Technicians). It had become apparent that the main force of Storm Eva had missed Cumbria but North Yorkshire was now suffering. Due to just having stood down the Team was not able to immediately respond to this request. At 11:00 Hrs a page was sent to the whole Team requesting availability to assist in York the following day and in our own area as further flooding was expected at Croston & St. Michaels-on-Wyre. Twenty six Team members available including six SRT’s. Preparations made to send a Team to York the following day.

26th December. Standby. Flooding expected. 09:00 Hrs. All Lancashire. Storm Eva. (Incidents 67 & 68) Request for the Teams operational availability received from Lancashire Police. Team members were paged as to their availability for the next 48 hours. Twenty nine Team members available including seven SRT’s (Swift Water Technicians). At 12:15 Hrs a full Call Out page was sent to the Team to move to our Garstang Vehicle and Training Base with flooding expected at Ribchester, Croston & St. Michaels-on-Wyre. At 14:05 Hrs two Land Rovers with SRT’s, boat and drivers deployed to the Strategic Holding Area at Bae Systems, Samlesbury. Team members at Garstang with Landrover & Minibus to assist in any evacuations as required. Other Team members at home on standby. Team Leader supported by two other Team members attending Incident Gold (Strategic) & Silver (Tactical) Commands at Lancashire Police Headquarters at Hutton. A Mountain Rescue Bronze (Operational) Command was set up at our Garstang Base. Team members deployed from the Strategic Holding Area initially to Ribchester and then to Croston. Team Stood Down at 00:40 Hrs on the 27th December. Two Incidents as follows:

68. 26th December. Croston Area, West Lancashire. Team arrived in Croston at 19:40 Hrs. A number of tasks undertaken in the flooded village with the Team operating in deep water:

i) 22:08 Hrs. Concern for a disabled person and carer. All safe. Completed at 23:11 Hrs. Team then returned to Garstang as water levels had peaked.

ii) 21:19 Hrs. Team requested to check on Care Home. Building flooded and no electricity but all persons safe. Completed at 21:58 Hrs.

III) 20:58 Hrs. Check made on vehicle on Flag Lane to confirm no one trapped. Completed at 21:14 Hrs.

67. 26th December. De Tabley Arms Area, Ribchester. The Team was tasked by Silver Command to check houses on the south side of the River Ribble at the old De Tabley Arms, Ribchester. Strict instructions not to cross the bridge over the Ribble as concern for its integrity. Several houses checked and five persons evacuated to dryer ground at their request. This task was completed at 18:40 Hrs when the Team moved to Croston.

66. 20th December. Spot Pick-Up. 14:29 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team requested to assist with a male fallen from his mountain bike in Gisburn Forest. Reported with a broken leg in Hully Gully. North West Air Ambulance on route but unable to get close to the casualty site due to inclement weather and had landed at The Hub in the forest. Second attempt made to get the helicopter closer which was successful and the paramedics from the Air Ambulance escorted to the casualty site. However, due to fading light the helicopter had to leave. Casualty treated by the Team and carried up out of the gully to the waiting Land Ambulance for the onward journey to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Paramedics that had been left behind by the Air Ambulance also transported to hospital. Nine Team members with three of our 4 x 4 Land Rovers involved in this incident. (27 Rescue Person Hours)

65. 19th December. Spot Pick-Up. 15:05 Hrs. Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Team paged by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a female with a suspected broken leg. Casualty was carried some 500m along the sea wall back to the Land Ambulance by the Team assisted by members of the public using a scoop stretcher and long board from the attending Land Ambulance.

5th – 6th December. Major Incident Flooding. Cumbria & Lancashire. Storm Desmond. With the onset of Storm Desmond a Multi-Agency Major Incident was declared in Cumbria and Lancashire. Over two days the Team undertook a significant number of Incidents in Cumbria and Lancashire. (Incidents 49 – 64 below)

6th December. Major Incident. Flooding. Continuing the support in Cumbria. The Team still had crews with Land Rovers in Cockermouth and Kendal. Three Incidents in Cumbria as follows:

64. 6th December. 11:30 Hrs. Kendal. Following a request from Cumbria Gold Command to relieve pressure at Westmoorland General Hospital, Kendal a request was received from the Lake District Mountain Rescue Silver Command to see if we could return dialysis patients from the hospital back to Lancashire. The patients had been in overnight. Four Team members took our minibus from Garstang to Kendal and collected eight patients. Patients were dropped off at Silverdale, Morecambe, Overton, Lancaster & Garstang. During this operation blood was also delivered to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. A similar task was undertaken by Duddon Furness MRT from the hospital with patients returned to South Cumbria. This alleviated pressure on the hospital as there was no chance of NWAS completing the task for some time. Whilst in Morecambe a Team Members Mother-in-Law was also picked up. Her house had no electricity and she spent the next few days in Garstang until the power was restored.

63. 6th December. Carlisle. The Swift Water Team that spent the night at Cockermouth MRT Base deployed to Carlisle in the morning to assist with the extensive flooding in the City. They joined forces with team members from Cockermouth MRT who also supplied a sledge to form a six person Swift Water Rescue Team. The flood water in the city was very deep in places with it just short of the tops of doors in some streets. The Team operated in the Greystone Road area down towards the football stadium at Brunton Park. 30+ residents and pets helped to safety by the Team using a boat and the sledge. Many residents had chosen not to leave the homes and welfare checks were undertaken with a number of food parcels being delivered. The Team stood down at 21:00 hrs and returned to Garstang just after 22:30 Hrs. A 29 hour deployment.

62. 6th December. Levens near Kendal. Continuation of Incident 56. Following further requests from the family more resources returned to the cottage in Levens. By now the water level had increased and was flowing much faster. Difficulty getting resource though to the cottage. Eventually the water receded slightly and access was made with assistance from a farmer with a large tractor. Team joined by members of Duddon Furness Team with HART paramedics and an RNLI team form St Asaph in North Wales. Family eventually extracted from the cottage, checked by paramedics and all returned to Kendal in MRT Land Rovers by 06:00 Hrs. Team returned to Smelt Mill after a short rest.

6th December. Major Incident. Flooding. Continuing the support in Lancashire. The Team had two 4 x4 Land Rovers in North Lancashire at the request of the North West Ambulance Service. Two Incidents in Lancashire as follows:

61. 6th December. 00:44 Hrs. Lancaster. Request from Lancashire Constabulary Gold (Strategic) Command to the three Lancashire Mountain Rescue Teams to assist in whatever capacity at Lancaster due to extensive flooding and power outages. Team Leader made contact with Team Leaders of Bolton MRT and Rossendale & Pendle MRT. It was decided that due to the Team already operating in the Lancaster/Morecambe area with two land Rovers and a further two deployed in Cumbria that the other Teams would also deploy to Lancaster. Please see other Teams websites and social media for coverage of their activities in Lancaster.

60. 6th December. 00:40 Hrs. Morecambe. Following Incident 55 the Land Rover and two crew were immediately tasked to a 54-year-old male with chest pains in the Morecambe / Heysham area. Arrived on scene at approx. 01:50 Hrs once again having been hampered by flooding. Pain killing drugs administered. No NWAS Land Ambulance available so decision was made to use Team transport to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. Due to the extensive flooding in Lancaster (see Incident 61 above) the bridges over the River Lune had been closed. A Police escort was provided over the bridge but once on the other side it was not possible to get to the hospital due to the flooding. Arrangements were made with a Swift Water Rescue Team from Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service to transport the casualty across the floods in a boat and then on to the hospital. Once the casualty had been handed over to LF&RS the Team returned to Smelt Mill at approx. 04:45 Hrs.
5th December. Major Incident. Flooding.
Cumbria. The Team deployed four Swift Water Rescue Technicians in a 4 x 4 Land Rover to North Cumbria and two Team Members in a 4 x 4 Land Rover to Kendal. Four Incidents in Cumbria as follows:

59. 5th December. Kendal. Tasked to assist in the high priority search for a vulnerable person missing from the Danson Dean Hotel in Kendal. However whilst on route it was determined that the missing person had been found safe.

58. 5th December. Kendal. Tasked to collect two carers from Sandylands area and take them to see one of their elderly patients for a welfare check. However, it was not possible to get through the town to the A6 to collect the carers or get to the house. Returned to Kendal Base.

57. 5th December. Levens. Whilst still at Levens and at the request of a Police Officer the Team was asked to check on a family in a cottage. All were safe and it was decided to leave the occupants in the cottage. The Team continued on the journey to Cockermouth arriving at 23:30 Hrs having travelled around the west coast of Cumbria due to flooding on the other routes into Cockermouth (see Incident 62 above)

56. 5th December. 19:46 Hrs. A590 at Levens. Whilst on route to Cockermouth the Swift Water Rescue Team rescued six persons stranded and trapped in their cars in significant flooding on the A590. They were transported to safety at the "Hare & Hounds" pub.

5th December. Major Incident. Flooding. Lancashire. Team deployed two 4 x4 Land Rovers into North Lancashire at the request of the North West Ambulance Service. Team operating out of our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland as based there for our Christmas Weekend. Eight Incidents in Lancashire as follows:

55. 5th December. 23:10 Hrs. Halton. Team requested to attend a female, aged 48 reported as Cardiac Arrest in Halton having been involved in a car crash. 2nd Land Rover with crew of two dispatched from Smelt Mill. Team arrived on foot at 00:30 hrs as unable to get through the floods by vehicle. Unfortunately the woman had been pronounced deceased by local doctor. The female had died of head injuries sustained in the crash. The driver had absconded from the scene, presumed drunk. He was later arrested by the police.

54. 5th December. Lancaster. On leaving Lancaster Royal Infirmary, it was decided to call in at Lancaster Ambulance Station and replenish the oxygen. On arrival, a single person ambulance crew was present who had a male on board in a distressed and confused state. The male had presented at the station. As the ambulance was single crewed it was unable to transport to the hospital. Team member sat in the back of ambulance with patient to allow the journey to take place.

53. 5th December. 21:58 Hrs. Caton. After returning to Smelt Mill for food from Incidents 51 & 52 two Team members responded in a 4 x 4 Land Rover back to Caton to a 91-year-old male with breathing difficulties and other medical issues. Land Ambulance reported as 15 minutes away. However, after over an hours wait and running short on oxygen it was decided to transport the casualty, with his son, to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in our vehicle. The Land Ambulance could not get to Caton due to the extensive flooding around Lancaster.

52. 5th December. 19:17 Hrs. Denny Beck, Caton. Before returning to Smelt Mill from Incident 51 the Team decided to check out Denny Beck in Caton (one of the Team members lives in Caton and wanted to assess any risk). On arrival at the waters edge a cars tail lights could been seen driving into the water and begin to float away. After a quick exit from the Land Rover and just time to grab buoyancy aids three Team members entered the water. Contact was made with the occupant with the car filling with water. The car stopped against a submerged wall and there was just time to put a spare buoyancy aid on the lady and float her to safety through the car window. There was just six inches of the vehicle visible and shortly afterwards it sank. Casualty was given shelter overnight at one of the houses in Caton.

51. 5th December. 18:03 Hrs. Halton, Lancaster. Four Team members in a 4 X 4 Land Rover Ambulance supported by four Team members from Lancaster tasked to assist a group of three ladies who had been in the water but were now at the Greyhound Pub at Halton. Request to evacuate the pub as well. Land Rover crew on route to Kendal in Cumbria also tasked to assist with the evacuation. However, the incident was stood down on scene as situation not as bad as reported.

50. 5th December. 15:30 Hrs. Dunsop Bridge Village. Two Team members in a Team Landrover, recoverd a car and its occupants from standing water from the same place as Incident 49. A number of welfare checks carried out in the village due to the rising water but everyone safe. (1 Rescue Person Hours)

At 13:00 Hrs a request was received from LDSAMRA (Lake District Mountain Rescue) for assistance. The request was for Swift Water Rescue Technicians (SRT’s) due to major flooding in Kendal, Keswick, Appleby, Cockermouth and Carlisle. It was decided to send a small Team of four SRT’s with one 4 x 4 Land Rover. The rest of the Team remaining in Lancashire due to very high levels of water on the Rivers Lune, Wyre, Ribble and their tributaries. Very Severe, highest level, Environment Agency flood warnings in place with Met Office Red Alerts for rain.

49. 5th December. 12:30 Hrs. approx. Dunsop Bridge Village. Two Team members in a Team Landrover, out assessing road conditions and the extent of flooding in the Trough of Bowland recovered a van and its occupants from standing water. (0.5 Rescue Person Hour)

48. 3rd December. Assist to NWAS in Broughton Control. 20:59 Hrs. Cumbria. Team incident Controllers paged by the North West Ambulance Service. Localised flooding was taking place on the main roads in North Cumbria. Ambulances were having difficulty responding to calls and accessing casualties. Request was to assist with the tasking of MR Teams in the area. Three Team Incident Controllers attending at Broughton Ambulance Control Centre in Preston. Contact made with MR colleagues from Cumbria. Main problems in the Cockermouth area. A number of incidents tasked to Cockermouth MRT. Stood down at 02:00 Hrs as the problems had eased. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

47. 23rd November. Search. 15:21 Hrs West Bradford near Clitheroe. A 42-year-old male had been missing for over 48 hours but his car had only just been located near a remote farm at West Bradford near Clitheroe. Lancashire Police requested we assist with the ongoing search. A full Team page was put out at 16:00 Hrs for the Team to RV at the Eaves Hall Hotel where we located our Incident Control. Over the next few hours in atrocious weather conditions of very heavy rain and low visibility an extensive search of the area around the missing persons car was undertaken. This included fell tracks, moorland, field boundaries, woods and open farmland. The Team stood down at 23:15 Hrs when the missing person was located, safe, outside of search areas wandering near Hoghton having apparently been outside for over two days. 28 Team members involved in this search. We were also assisted by the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA). This was in the form of two air scenting dogs and handlers from SARDA (England). These are members of the Cave Rescue Organisation and Rossendale & Pendle MRT. A trailing scent specific dog, handler and navigator from SARDA(Wales) also attending. These are members of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (192 Rescue Person Hours)

46. 20th November. Search. 04:27 Hrs. The Beacon, Skelmersdale. Team Incident Controllers paged in the early hours by Lancashire Police. They had concern for a vulnerable male, missing since the previous day but his car had just been located at 04:00 Hrs in the wooded area of The Beacon Country Park near Skelmersdale. The full Team was called at 06:40 Hrs with an RV at The Beacon for 08:00 Hrs. Extensive searches of fields, woods and a golf course were undertaken and a number of artefacts related to the missing person were located. However, at 12:30 Hrs the Team stood down with all identified tasks, including researching of some areas, completed but with the missing person still outstanding. (60+ Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script: We were informed later that evening that the missing person had been located, safe and out of search areas, having presented at a Health Centre in Skelmersdale

45. 15th November. Bad Weather Cover. 12:01 Hrs. Clitheroe. Team Incident Controllers were contacted by the Team Leader of Rossendale & Pendle MRT. They were providing support for the North West Ambulance Service at Clitheroe and Sawley where very high levels of water on the River Ribble were being experienced following further heavy rain overnight. It was felt that some evacuations of people from properties may be required. The Team deployed one Landrover Ambulance and a minibus with five persons to provide support. One Team Controller co-ordinating throughout the incident. At 16:46 Hrs the Team stood down as water levels had receded. (28 Rescue Person Hours)

43. (continuation) 14th November. Bad Weather Cover. 18:17 Hrs. River Ribble at Ribchester. A further page was received from Lancashire Police requesting the Team to move from Standby to Call Out due to the immediate risk of the Ribble Ribble bursting its banks at Ribchester. Team Leader responded directly to the Major Incident Silver Command (Tactical) that had been established at BAe Systems at Samlesbury with the rest of the Team moving to our bases at Garstang and Penwortham. Rossendale & Pendle MRT also responding. With flooding reported in the Lune Valley and at Lancaster in the north of area it was decided that the Team was in a better position to respond from Garstang. Our Bronze Command (Operational) was therefore set up at Garstang. At 21:00 Hrs the Team Leader arrived at Garstang. There was no requirement for an immediate deployment and a further decision would be made by Gold Command (Strategic) based at Lancashire Police HQ, Hutton at 22:00 Hrs. At 22:30 Hrs a decision was made to stand down all responders as the immediate risk had reduced. 22 Team members responding to this incident. (88 Rescue Person Hours)

44. 14th November. Search. 13:11 Hrs. Garstang. Whilst still on standby for Bad Weather Cover (Incident 43) the Team was paged to see if we could assist in a search for a missing 15-year-old female. Missing since the previous day and last seen on farmland to the north of Barton Grange Garden Centre. Search of canal, woods, farmland and the River Brock required. Due to the close proximity of the search areas to our Vehicle and Training Base at Garstang it was decide to run the incident from the base rather than our Mobile Incident Control vehicle. Just as the first search teams were deployed the predicted heavy rains started. However, shortly afterwards the Team was put on "hold" and then stood down at 15:51 Hrs as it was determined that the young female had travelled out of area to Cambridgeshire and was safe. (60+ Rescue Person Hours)

43. 13th November. Standby Bad Weather Cover. 14:51 Hrs. All Lancashire. With Met Office Amber alerts in place and the imminent arrival of Storm Abigail within the next 24 hours the Team was contacted by Lancashire Police & the North West Ambulance Service to determine our availability should we be required to assist. An immediate page was sent to all Team members to ascertain availability for the next 72 hours. At 22:00 Hrs an update was sent to all Team members and a further one at 11:30 Hrs on 14th November with no change in the predicted weather from mid-afternoon of very heavy rain which proved to be spot-on.

42. 2nd November. Spot Pick-Up. 17:31 Hrs. Silverdale near Carnforth. Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service with a report of a 61-year-old female fallen in woods at Silverdale. However, as the Team was responding and with vehicles mobile a message was received that the casualty had been able to walk to the Land Ambulance assisted by NWAS paramedics and the Team stood down.

S13. 28th October. Standby Search. 18:28 Hrs. Rivington Area, West Lancashire. Team contacted by Lancashire Police. They had received a phone call from a 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old male, lost in the West Pennine Moors area. They had gone for a walk but had not taken a torch with them and had become lost as darkness descended. Could the Team assist with SARLOC? This is a smart phone location technology available to MR Teams. A SMS text message was sent to the missing persons mobile and a few seconds later their location popped up on our mapping systems. They were actually in the Rivington area and the incident was handed over to Bolton MRT as this is their operational area.
Bolton MRT incident 81/2015

41. 24th October. Spot Pick-Up. 16:33 Hrs. White Coppice, Anglezarke, West Pennine Moors. Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service with a report of a 68-year-old female tripped and fallen with a shoulder injury on the moors above White Coppice. Paramedics from NWAS also in attendance. The lady was treated for the pain in her shoulder and was evacuated from the moors on a stretcher to the waiting land ambulance at White Coppice. 15 Team members with three of our Land Rover Ambulances involved in this incident. (22.5 Rescue Person Hours)

40. 27th September. Spot Pick-up. 14:57 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Towards the end of the 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross the Team became aware of a mountain biker, fallen with shoulder injuries in Gisburn Forest. The Cave Rescue Organisation was also called to this incident. With most of the Team in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and only three riders still on the hill, a decision was made to send one of our Landrovers to Gisburn. However, we were stood down on arrival, as the casualty had been able to walk to the North West Air Ambulance, Helimed 08. Whilst driving out of the forest first aid was administered to another mountain biker who had sustained minor head injuries. (6 Rescue Person Hours)

The Team has provided Safety and Rescue cover for the annual 3 Peaks Cyclo Cross for nearly 50 years and this year was no exception. For a change, a calm clear sunny day greeted the 600+ participants at Helwith Bridge for the start. For the first time a Team member was one of these starters (and finisher). The usual cuts, bruises and minor injuries treated both on the hill and at the end of the event with the following three incidents of note:

39. 27th September. Spot Pick-up. 11:54 Hrs. Whernside, North Yorkshire. Whilst incidents 37 & 38 were still in progress, Team Controllers were informed of a possible incident on the descent from Whernside. Three Team members were deployed from the summit to investigate. At 12:07 Hrs Control was informed of a casualty with severe facial injuries, possible neck & back injuries and a broken wrist. Our Team member who was participating in the event also stopped to assist with the casualty. As Team were already dealing with the two incidents on Ingleborough the Cave Rescue Organisation was asked to assist along with other members of the Team at Ribblehead. Due to the nature of injuries, a second Air Ambulance was requested. On arrival of the Great North Air Ambulance both Teams assisted with the short carry to the aircraft for the onward journey to Lancaster Royal Infirmary.

38. 27th September. Spot Pickup. 11:10 Hrs. Ingleborough, North Yorkshire. As the Landrover from Incident 37 was moving up the hill a second casualty was encountered. This participant was reported as having gone over the handle bars of his bike higher up on the mountain. He had carried on down almost to Cold Coates but was now complaining of neck and back pain. This casualty was stabilised and due to the mechanism of injury the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Helimed 99 was requested which then evacuated the casualty to hospital. (18 Rescue Person Hours)

37. 27th September. Spot Pick-Up. 10:54 Hrs. Ingleborough, North Yorkshire. Team Controllers at Helwith Bridge were alerted that one of the Teams medical units on the descent route from Ingleborough to Cold Coates was assisting a male participant in the race who had sustained facial / head injuries. Casualty was treated and was able to walk off assisted by the Team and a land ambulance was requested to RV at Cold Coates. One of our Landrover 4 x Ambulances was dispatched up the track to assist (see incident 38 above). Casualty evacuated by Land Ambulance to hospital from Cold Coates. (4 Rescue Person Hours)

36. 21st September. Spot Pick-Up. 05:30 Hrs. Euxton near Chorley. Team contacted by Lancashire Police advising us that they were on scene at an incident where a male had jumped a fence and fallen down an embankment, possibly into water with injures unknown. 11 Team members with two Team vehicles responding to this incident but we were again stood down as Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service, who had also been called were able to access the casualty and we were not required. All back to bed then! (11 Rescue Person Hours)

35. 20th September. Spot Pick-up. 15:48 Hrs. Brinscall near Chorley. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team assist with a female, aged 65, fallen with an ankle injury on farmland near Brinscall. Casualty was carried across a field, through woodland and over a stream to the land ambulance. 12 Team members attending this incident with others stood down on route. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

34. 8th September. Search. 19:49 Hrs. Aldcliffe Marsh, Lancaster. Deputy Team Leader was contacted direct by a Lancashire Police Missing from Home Officer. Report of a missing male, aged 24, in the Aldcliffe Marsh area of Lancaster. Could we assist in the search of the River Lune and surrounding farmland and woods? However, just 15 minutes after a full Team page was sent out we were stood down. The missing person had made his own way to A & E and was safe.

33. 7th September. Search. 20:41 Hrs. Healey Nab near Chorley. The Team was requested to assist Lancashire Police with the urgent search of Healey Nab for a vulnerable female. The 73-year-old female had been separated from her husband on the way back from their walk and was giving cause for concern as darkness descended. 15 Team members responding to this incident but we were stood down on arrival when the good news came that the lady had returned home, safe. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

32. 31st August. Search / Spot Pick-up. 14:17 Hrs. Totridge. Bowland. Team Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police. A report of an injured female with a possible broken arm, on Totridge Fell. Female accompanied by her husband. Exact location unclear but near the summit trig point. Team members spending the Bank Holiday weekend at our nearby Smelt Mill base immediately commenced the ascent of Totridge Fell whilst other Team members making for Dinkling Green Farm. Police helicopter arrived and located the casualty about 1300m west of the summit trig point. When Team members arrived on scene and it was decided to walk the casualty off the hill. However, a request was made for the North West Air Ambulance to attend and they lifted the casualty off the hill from near the summit of Totridge for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. Husband walked off the hill and transported to his vehicle by the Team. 19 Team members attending with four of our Team vehicles. (45+ Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script: Thanks to all at Dinckley Green Farm for allowing us to park vehicles all around the farmyard.

31. 30th August. Spot Pick-up. 15:51 Hrs. Cockerham near Lancaster. North West Air Ambulance requested the Team to assist with a carry of a female who had fallen at Cockerham. Requirement was to carry casualty from below the sea wall back to the helicopter a short distance away. First Team members on scene were able to do this with equipment from the helicopter and the incident was concluded within 40 minutes. 18 team members responding to this incident with many being stood down on route. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

30. 24th August. Search. 13:45 Hrs. Walmer Bridge / Longton Area near Preston. Team Leader was contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist with the ongoing search for a vulnerable 65-year-old male. Missing since the previous day and giving cause for concern as to his safety. The Team carried out extensive searches of woodland, farmland, disused brickworks, nature reserves, ponds and coastline. However, the good news was received just after 18:00 Hrs that the gentleman had been located, safe, some miles away outside search areas at Farringdon Moss, Leyland. 15 Team members involved in the search with others stood down on route having finished work. (60+ Rescue Person Hours)

S12. 15th August. 15:40 Hrs. Standby Search. Lancaster Area. Team Leader was contacted by Lancashire Police to request assistance with as search for a vulnerable person in the Lancaster Area. However, there was very little information to go on to mount an effective search so the Team did not deploy.

29. 22nd July. Spot Pickup. 11:27 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team requested to assist with a 14-year-old male fallen from his mountain bike in Gisburn Forest. Incident in the vicinity of Hully Gully. Serious wrist / arm injury reported. The North West Air Ambulance unable to lift from Blackpool due to inclement weather. Team arrived at Tosside and were able to escort a land ambulance and crew to the top of Hully Gully. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance then arrived on scene as weather was not as bad over this side if the county. The casualty was treated by the Team and paramedics, placed on a stretcher and carried to the Air Ambulance at the top of the gully for onward transportation to Skipton Hospital. 9 Team members involved in this incident. During this incident the Teams Incident Controller was contacted by Bristow Helicopters. They had one of the new Coastguard S92 rescue helicopters returning to base at Humberside and could they assist? However as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance had arrived this kind offer was turned down. (18 Rescue Person Hours)

28. 17th July. Spot Pick-Up. 18:29 Hrs. Fairy Glen, Sprodley Brook, Appley Bridge. The Team was called to assist with a male mountain biker, aged 30 , in the Appley Bridge area. Reported with a head injury having fallen from his bike in woods at the Fairy Glen. First Team members on scene determined that the casualty could be safely walked some 500m to our Landrover ambulance at the road head. The casualty was then transported to Wigan Hospital A & E in our Landrover Ambulance. 14 Team members involved with this incident. (21 Rescue Person Hours)

27. 11th July. Spot Pick-Up. 14:37 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. The Team was requested to assist the North West Air Ambulance with an injured male mountain biker in Gisburn Forest. Reported as fallen in Hully Gully with a possible dislocated shoulder. We were able to respond immediately as all four of our 4 x 4 Landrovers where out and about with Team members in Chorley, Clitheroe, Longridge and at Smelt Mill in the Trough. The Team was stood down when it was determined that the casualty had been transported to the Air Ambulance by the local Forest Wardens. 12 Team members responding to this incident. (6 Rescue Person Hours)

26. 27th June. Spot Pick-up. 15:47 Hrs. Beacon Fell Country Park near Chipping. The North West Ambulance Service requested the Team to attend a 43-yer-old female, tripped and fallen with hip, shoulder and arm injuries near the summit of Beacon Fell. We were able to access quite close to the casualty with one of our vehicles but due to the nature of the injuries, it was decided to carry the casualty some 500m on a rescue stretcher to a waiting land ambulance rather than a bumpy journey in a Landrover. 12 Team members responding to this incident. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

25. 20th June. Spot Pick-up. 15:35 Hrs. High Bullough Reservoir, Anglezarke near Chorley. Team was paged by the North West Ambulance Service to attend a female, aged 15, with an ankle injury and unable to walk near High Bullough Reservoir. We were able to respond immediately as the majority of the Team were providing rescue cover for 'The 72' event. The young person was part of a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme group. Bolton MRT also mobilising to this incident. Casualty was treated by Team members and carried on a mountain rescue stretcher by both Teams to a waiting land ambulance. Twelve Team members attending this incident. (18 Rescue Person Hours)

24. 17th June. Search. 08:34 Hrs. Poulton-le-Fylde. Team requested by Lancashire Constabulary to search for a vulnerable male, aged 82, in the Poulton-le-Fylde area. Missing from his home since approximately 17:30 Hrs the previous evening and giving cause for concern as to his safety. Team completed allotted tasks including searching open farmland, woods and water courses then stood down at 15:15 Hrs unfortunately with the missing person outstanding. During the incident, the assistance of a Drowned Victim Search Dog (DVSD) from Bolton Mountain Rescue Team / NSARDA was utilised. Ten Team members involved in the search with others available later in the day and evening should the search have continued. At 18:00 Hrs we received the very good news that the missing person had been located, safe, but needing medical treatment in an urban area outside the search areas. (70 Rescue Person Hours)

23. 12th June. Spot Pick-up / Assist to another MRT. 10:38 Pendle Hill. Rossendale & Pendle MRT were attending a female on Pendle Hill and requested assistance. The female had collapsed with internal pains. On arrival of the first Rossendale & Pendle Team members it was determined that it was safe for the casualty to walk down. The Team stood down with eight team members and one vehicle on scene or on-route. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

22. 23rd May. Spot Pick-up. 12:02 Hrs. Astley Park, Chorley. Requested to assist with a female, aged 87, fallen from her mobility scooter in woods at Astley Park, Chorley. Paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service and the North West Air Ambulance already on-scene. The person sustained a severe lower leg injury and was in some pain. The lady was placed into a casualty bag and then onto a Mountain Rescue Stretcher. She was then carried to the waiting Air Ambulance some 300 m away. Team then assisted the Air Crew with marshalling the large crowd that had gathered (and had been given an impromptu briefing by the pilot on the work of the Air Ambulance and mountain rescue) so they could take off. 9 Team members responding to this incident with two Team 4 x 4 landrovers. Many thanks to the members of the public who chipped in and carried some of our kit back to our vehicles. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

21. 16th May. Spot Pick-up. 16:00 Hrs. Nicky Nook, Scorton near Garstang. The North West Ambulance Service reported a 28-year-old female with an ankle injury on Nick Nook near Grizedale Reservoir . Team treated the casualty and carried her, up hill, on a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher to a waiting North West Air Ambulance near the summit of Nicky Nook for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. 3 Team 4 x 4 Landrovers deployed with 23 Team members involved, some leaving the MR England & Wales AGM at Lancashire Police HQ, Hutton to attend this incident. (36 Rescue Person Hours)

S11. 10th May. Standby Search. 20:29 Hrs. Glasson Dock. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police requesting use of a Drowned Victim Search Dog at Glasson Dock. Our Team Leader liaised with the dog handler, who is a member of Bolton MRT, but in the end, no MR assets deployed. Sadly, we understand a body was located in Morecambe Bay. Our thoughts extended to the missing persons family at this sad time.

20. 9th May. Spot Pick-up. 15:05 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. The North West Ambulance Service requested assistance with a mountain biker, male aged 32, fallen with head injury, in Gisburn Forest. Team members undertaking a street collection in Chorley were able to immediately deploy in one of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. Other Team members at our Garstang Training Base, undertaking the MREW Casualty Care Course, were also able to respond immediately in two Landrovers. A fourth Landrover deploying from our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the Trough of Bowland. However, on arrival the casualty had walked to the Land Ambulance and was safe. 16 Team members involved in this incident. (16 Rescue Person Hours)

S10. 8th May. Standby Search. 13:46 Hrs. Hesketh Bank, West Lancashire. Team Incident Controllers paged by Lancashire Police. They were in the early stages of a search for a missing vulnerable male in the Hesketh Bank area. However, after consulting with the Police Officer in charge of the search it was decided that at this stage there was not enough information to mount a search. Team remained on standby should more intelligence become available but we were not required.

19. 8th May. Spot Pick-up / Search. 11:43 Hrs. Healey Nab near Chorley. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to undertake an urgent search to locate a vulnerable 14-year-old female thought to be in the woods on Healey Nab and giving cause for concern as to her safety. First Team members on scene, with local Police Officers who had also responded, immediately commenced a search of the area. Thankfully on the first sweep of the area the young person was located, safe, in the main quarry area of Healey Nab. After being checked over by paramedics, she was able to walk off the Nab. The paramedics and the casualty were then transported in a Team vehicle back to the land ambulance on the Chorley side of the Nab. 12 Team members with two of our Landrover Ambulances involved in this incident. Other Team members on standby should it have been necessary to undertake a more protracted search. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

18. 28th April. Spot Pick-up. 20:44 Hrs Appley Bridge. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to attend woods in Appley Bridge where a 14-year-old male had fallen from his bike. First Team members on scene were able to stand down the Team as the young person, who has sustained a shoulder injury, had been able to walk out of the woods to the waiting land ambulance. Bolton MRT and a NWAS HART unit also mobilised to this incident. 9 Team members responding to this incident with two vehicles mobile at the stand down. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

17. 23rd April. Spot Pick-up. 08:56 Hrs Simonstone near Whalley. Team requested to assist colleagues at Rossendale & Pendle MRT with a 33-year-old male fallen from a bike. Difficult location for ambulance crew to access. 7 Team members and one 4 x 4 ambulance responding to this incident. However, we were stood down on-route with the NW Air Ambulance on scene and NWAS had been able to deal with the incident.

16. 17th April. Spot Pick-up. 16:50 Hrs. Adlington near Chorley. Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a 55-year-old male reported as fallen sustaining a severe neck injury on the towpath of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Adlington. Team was able to access the casualty across fields and along the towpath. Casualty was stabilised and loaded onto a mountain rescue stretcher then carried some 500 m to a waiting land ambulance. 15 Team members involved in this incident (30 Rescue Person Hours)

11th April. Spot Pick-up. 15:44 Hrs. Boulsworth Moor, Trawden. North West Ambulance Service requested Team assistance. Injured fell walker. Job passed to Rossendale & Pendle MRT as their area.

S9. 10th April. Local Incident. 16:29 Hrs. East Quarry, Appley Bridge. Team was placed on standby by Lancashire Police to assist in the search of the East Quarry at Appley Bridge. Report of young person having failed to surface after diving into a deep pool. Unfortunately, a body was recovered a short time later and the Team was not required. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the young person at this very sad time.
9th April. Spot Pick-up. 13:43 Hrs.
Frith Wood, Arnside. North West Ambulance Service requested Team assistance. 65-year-old with leg injury. Incident passed to Kendal MSRT as their area.

15. 7th April. Search. 01:54 Hrs. Flying Shed Quarry, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley. Team requested by Lancashire Constabulary to search for a vulnerable male in the Whittle-le-Woods area. Missing persons car had been located near the two large working quarries. However, just as the first search Teams were deployed the missing person was located, safe, near his home by police officers. 8 Team members initially responding to this incident with others available at first light should it have been necessary to continue the search. Lancashire Fire & rescue Service also attending to provide additional lighting. (16 Rescue Person Hours)

14. 5th April. Spot Pick-up. 15:33 Hrs. Holme Wood, Grizedale near Garstang. The North West Ambulance Service requested that we assist with a 65-year-old male who had slipped and injured his ankle / leg in Holme Wood near Nicky Nook. After administrating pain killing gas the Team carried the gentleman on a Bell Mountain rescue stretcher approximately 750m to a waiting Land Ambulance for the onward journey to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. 16 Team members involved in this incident with two of our 4 x 4 Mountain Rescue ambulances deployed. (32 Rescue Person Hours)

13. 30th March. Spot Pick-up. 03:36 Hrs. Easington Fell, Bowland. Team Incident Controllers contacted in the early hours by Lancashire Police with a report of seven persons (including two young children) and a dog trapped in their vehicles on Easington Fell. They had apparently been driving off road with their 4 x 4 vehicles and had become stuck on the fell some 8 hours before (daylight). It was decided to send two of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances with four persons to assist. SARLoc used to locate exact position on fell. It was difficult to determine how they had got to the position, as there are no vehicle tracks on this part of the fell. Whilst on route it was decided to access via the woods at Grindleton Fell. Due to the recent heavy rain and ground conditions decision taken that the Team Landrover’s would not go beyond forestry tracks and the Team walked into the incident location. The seven persons were checked over and then walked to our vehicles, cold & hungry, but unaffected by their ordeal. Mum and children transported back to Chorley in Team vehicle. (42 Rescue Person Hours)

Postscript. We understand that the local farmer recovered the stuck vehicles some five days later.

12. 15th March. 14:12 Hrs Ginney Hey near Saddle End, Bowland. Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a 70-year-old female who had slipped and sustained an ankle injury. Team stood down with six Team members on scene, as the North West Air Ambulance had been able to land close by and was able to transport the casualty to the Royal Preston Hospital. 14 Team members responding to this incident. (21 rescue Person Hours)

S8. 10th March. Assist other MRT. 14:48 Hrs. Downham Moor, Pendle Hill. A Team Incident Controller was contacted directly by a Controller from Rossendale & Pendle MRT. They required assistance with a female who had fallen and badly fractured her wrist on Downham Moor. The NW Air Ambulance was able to land close by and both Teams were not required.

11. 8th March. Search. 16:37 Hrs Saddle Fell, Bowland. Team Controllers received a report of a walker lost on the Bowland Fells. Very sketchy information. An attempt to SARLOC the missing person was unsuccessful. From the information provided by the missing person to the Police the Team was able to determine that the casualty was in the Saddle Fell area. Initial plan was for Team members to access the fell from Fell Foot over Parlick, Saddle End Farm, Totridge and the Hareden and Langden valleys. Our headquarters at Smelt Mill was opened up and prepared for an extended search. However, in fading light a Police helicopter was able to locate the casualty on Saddle Fell. The casualty, who was very cold, was evacuated by helicopter to Dunsop Bridge. A Police officer was left behind on the fell to look after the casualties dog. The Police helicopter is only allowed to transport specialist dog units. Two Team members were then flown back up onto the fell to walk the dog down, the police officer returning on the helicopter. Casualty and dog were reunited at Saddle End Farm. Thanks to the farmer who gave the dog and our Team members a lift down the hill in his quad bike and trailer. (40 Rescue Person Hours)

10. 5th March. Spot Pick-up. 16:10 Hrs. Birdy Brow, Longridge Fell. The North West Ambulance Service requested that we assist with the carry off on an 83-year-old male who had slipped and was unable to move. Air Ambulance had been unable to land due to slopping land, trees and power lines. Team carried the gentleman approximately 500 m across a very wet and muddy field to a waiting Land Ambulance. 12 Team members involved in this incident with 3 of our 4 x 4 Mountain Rescue ambulance also deployed. (18 Rescue Person Hours)

S7. 4th March. Standby Search. 21:30 Hrs. Newton-in-Bowland. Team members at our Smelt Mill HQ in the Trough of Bowland were alerted by a Police helicopter overhead. A Police officer called in and informed us they were in the initial stages of a search for a missing 16-year-old female. As we were discussing how the Team could assist, a radio message was received that the young person had been located, safe.

S6. 4th March. Standby Search. 18:20 Hrs Brockholes near Preston. Team received another request to search for a vulnerable female in the Brockholes area of Preston. Initial search areas were determined with the Police but as we were about to call out the full Team news was received that the missing person had been located by a dog walker in an area about to be searched. We understand that the person was hospitalised.

S5. 3rd March. Standby Search. 09:55 Hrs Hesketh Bank, West Lancashire. Another incident where our assistance was requested but upon contacting the Police Missing from Home Search Manager, we were informed that the person had just been located.

9. 1st March. Search. 22:04 Hrs. Blackburn. Team leaders contacted by Rossendale & Pendle MRT to request additional resources in the urgent search for a vulnerable female, aged 55. Missing from Blackburn Hospital and giving cause for concern as to her safety. Team stood down just after 02:00 Hrs having completed allocated search tasks around Fishmoor Reservoir. 12 Team members assisting colleagues from RPMRT with this incident. Search dogs from SARDA (England) and a police helicopter also involved. (48 Rescue Person Hours)

S4. 1st March. Standby Search. 03:37 Hrs Adlington, Horwich, Rivington. Team Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police with a request to assist with an urgent search for a vulnerable male. As details were being obtained from the Police Force Incident Manager the good news came that the person had been located, safe and it was all back to bed.

S3. 17th February. Standby Search. 23:10 Hrs. Preston. Lancashire Police requested our assistance with a search for a missing elderly female in the Preston area. Very little information as to the whereabouts of the missing person were available, the area around her home being urban with no direction of travel. It was decided not to commence a search at this stage until further information had been gathered. Team on standby for a search the following day.
Post Script: Team Leader contacted in the early hours of the following day with the news that the missing person had been located, safe, in
Lytham. It is possible that she had walked there.

8. 17th February. Spot Pick-Up / RTC. 14:37 Hrs. Bolton-by-Bowland near Clitheroe. Team requested to assist the North West Air Ambulance at a Road Traffic Collision. The incident had occurred on a sharp bend in a narrow lane. Air Ambulance had landed some distance away in a very muddy, boggy field. On arrival it was decided that one of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances would carry the casualty on a stretcher to the waiting Air Ambulance. Ten Team member’s involved in this incident. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

S2. 5th February. Local Incident. 14:30 Hrs. Galgate, south of Lancaster. Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service with a report of a female, aged 18, in the Lancaster Canal at Galgate. The Team often gets called to incidents on canals either to carry casualties along towpaths back to the road head or over fences and hedges to waiting Air Ambulances in nearby fields. However, on contacting the Ambulance Control Desk to obtain further details it was determined that the female was safe and the Team would not be required this time.

7. 31st January. Search. 10:05 Hrs. Caton near Lancaster. Team requested to search for a vulnerable male, missing for some three days. Search of farmland, woods and the bank of the River Lune required. Just after the Team arrived at the RV at Bull Beck, a helicopter from the National Police Air Service arrived. Unfortunately, on the helicopters first sweep of the area a body was discovered in a field on the north bank of the River Lune. Team was able to access within 700m of the casualty site and, after the Police had completed their processes, the body was recovered to a Team 4 x 4 Landrover and transported to Lancaster. 20 Team members attending this incident with others stood down responding. Our thoughts are with the missing person’s family and friends at this time. (80 Rescue Person Hours)

6. 29th January. Local Incident. 23:41 Hrs. Wheelton near Chorley. Team Incident Controllers contacted by the North West Ambulance Service. Due to the snow and icy roads, they were having difficulty reaching a remote residential home in the Wheelton area. A male, aged 72 had fallen from a roof some 24 hours earlier and was now having difficulty breathing. Four Team members with one of our Landrover Ambulances from Penwortham attended. It was decided to transport the casualty the short distance to Chorley A & E with an NWAS Paramedic on our vehicle. This task was completed by 01:10 Hrs. Second Landrover with two Team members as backup responding from our Garstang base. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

5. 25th January. Search. 17:46 Hrs. Glasson Dock, Morecambe Bay. Team Controllers Group paged by Lancashire Police with a request to join an urgent search for a missing windsurfer in Morecambe Bay off the coast by Glasson Dock. The male, aged 61, a very experienced windsurfer, had become separated from his colleagues in fog. The team’s role in incidents like this is to search the coastal path and inland from the coast just in case someone has made it ashore. This allows colleagues from Coastguard SAR and the RNLI to concentrate on the tidal marshes and sea. The Team stood down just after 22:00 hrs having searched some 20 Km’s of coastal path between Knott End and Glasson Dock. Nothing was found. Thanks to the members of Coastguard SAR that joined out search parties and provide local knowledge. Resources involved in this large scale search incident included a Police helicopter, Ambulance HART Team, RAF SAR Sea King helicopter, RNLI, Coastguard SAR and Bay Search & Rescue Team. 29 Team members attending this incident. (116 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. The body of the missing windsurfer was located the following day on Middleton Sands in the Bay. Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to the missing persons family and friends at this sad time.

S1. 11th January. Spot Pick-Up. 13:13 Hrs. Bowland / West Pennine Moors. Team Leader contacted direct by Lancashire Police. They had a report of a hill walker collapsed with his walking companions undertaking CPR. Two Grid References given. One in Bowland and one on Spitlers Edge on the West Pennine Moors. Team members deployed immediately to ready vehicles. However, it was confirmed that the incident was on Spitlers Edge and that the Air Ambulance was on scene with Bolton MRT, who had also been called, as they were close by. With no need for us to attend, we stood down en-route after double-checking there was no second incident (7 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script: Unfortunately, the gentleman passed away and his body was recovered by members of Bolton MRT. Bolton MRT Incident 20/2015

4. 10th January. Spot Pick-Up. 18:51 Hrs. The Beacon Country Park, Skelmersdale. Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service who could not locate a casualty. They were in contact by mobile phone with a male who claimed he had a severe head injury within the Country Park. Request was to locate the injured person. Attempts to SARLOC the casualty were negative. Team RV’ed at the car park near the summit of Ashurst’s Beacon with six persons immediately deploying to search footpaths. They were soon joined by other Team members and three of our Landrover Ambulances. Hasty searches of the main footpaths were unsuccessful. It was decided to deploy our Control vehicle from Garstang and formalise a search. As these additional resources were deploying we were informed that the “casualty” may have returned to his home in Skelmersdale. All resources were placed on “hold” and it was confirmed a short time later that the person had been located. We understand that that he was charged with wasting emergency services time. 20+ Team members with 5 vehicles responding to this incident. All vehicles refuelled and returned to base by 23:00 Hrs. (60+ Rescue Person Hours)

3. 10th January. Spot Pick-Up. 09:27 Hrs. Cuerden Valley Country Park, Leyland. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a female with a lower leg / ankle injury. Injured person had been taking part in an organised running event within the country park. Team stood down with 15+ members and two land rover ambulances attending when it was confirmed that the casualty had made it to the land ambulance. A Team member who was also in the event had assisted the ambulance crew with the casualty. He then went on and completed the event with a couple more laps around the park. (15 Rescue Person Hours)

2. 6th January. Search. 10:51 Hrs. Nateby near Garstang. Team requested to continue the search for the missing male at Nateby. Team asked to revisit some areas that had been searched the night before but now in daylight. Unfortunately, just after the search recommenced, the body of the missing person was located by the Police Underwater Unit within the search area in one of the flooded areas. The Teams thoughts and sympathies are extended to the missing person’s family and friends at this sad time. (36 Rescue Person Hours)

1. 5th January. Search. 21:07 Hrs. Nateby near Garstang. Team requested to search for a vulnerable male who was giving Police cause for concern as to his safety. Extensive search of tracks, farmland and woods undertaken with the incident controlled from our Training & Vehicle Base in Garstang. Extensive parts of the search area being flooded. The search was suspended just after 02:00 Hrs with Police officers briefed on areas requiring further attention with additional resources. The Team prepared to return the following day if required. (110 Rescue Person Hours)









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