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 2016 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. 

45. 28th December. Spot Pick-up. 13:05 Hrs. Grizedale Reservoir, Nicky Nook near Scorton. Team contacted by Lancashire Police with a report of a female with a broken leg on the Grizedale Reservoir side of Nicky Nook. Reported with another adult and two children. With two Team members at our Vehicle & Training Base at Garstang we were able to make an immediate response. After some initial difficulty in locating the casualty, they had descended from the summit of Nicky Nook by a little used path, she was located and treated. Then carried by the Team to one of our Landrover Ambulances a short distance away. The casualty was then transported in the Landrover Ambulance to the roadhead and a waiting Land Ambulance from NWAS at the north end of the Grizedale Valley. Thanks to Lancashire Police who made available a helicopter should we have required it. 13 Team members involved in this Incident with two of our Landrover Ambulances. (39 Rescue Person Hours).

44. Saturday 19th November. Spot Pick-Up. 13:00 Hrs. High Bullough Reservoir, West Pennine Moors. Team contacted by Incident Controller from Bolton MRT. The North West Ambulance Service were unable to reach a casulaty reported as collapsed. Initially it was unclear where the casualty was – Yarrow Reservoir, Anglezarke Reservoir, High Bullough Reservoir? However, Bolton MRT were able to SARLoc the informant and the response on our mapping software indicated High Bullough Reservoir. Team responded to assist BMRT. However at 13:20 Hrs the Team stood down as one of BMRT’s vehicles had been able to access the area and met up with the casualty who was walking off and was safe.

43. Sunday 13th November. Spot Pick-Up. 12:22 Hrs. White Coppice, West Pennine Moors. North West Ambulance requested the Team assist with a 35-year-old female. Reported as fallen sustaining a broken ankle, lower leg injury in the quarries to the east of White Coppice. Casualty, who had been out fell running, was quickly located and wrapped in a casualty bag. She was then stretched out of the quarries and down to the waiting land ambulance at the White Coppice Cricket Club. 16 Team members responding to this incident. (20 Rescue Person Hours)

S14. Thursday 10th November. Standby Search. 22:03 Hrs. Whittle-le-Woods. Request from Lancashire Constabulary to help with the developing search for a missing 81-year-old female in the Whittle-le-Woods area. Missing since about 18:00 Hrs with her health giving case for concern. Request was for the Trailing Dog and handler (from Bolton MRT) to attend but they were not available. Team remained available but were not required for the search.

42. Wednesday 2nd November. Spot Pick-Up. 16:13 Hrs. Brinscall near Chorley. Report from the North West Ambulance Service of a 48-year-old male with a broken leg in Brinscall Woods to the east of Chorley. Casualty was not at position reported but was soon located a short distance away near a reservoir some 250 meters from the nearest road access. Pain killing gas was administered and the leg splinted by the Team. This was followed by a carry of the casualty on a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher across a small river and a fence to the waiting land ambulance. 16 Team members involved in this incident. (24 Rescue Person Hours)

41. Sunday 30th October. Spot Pick-Up 15:49 Hrs. Cross of Greet, Bowland. Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a cyclist fallen between High Bentham and Slaidburn. Reported with chest injuries. Team Incident Controller was able to speak with the casualties group and determined that the incident was between the Cross of Greet & the Cross of Greet Bridge. North West Air Ambulance unable to attend due to bad weather. The Team stood down at 15:20 when it was determined a land ambulance had reached the casualty and he was safe. Twelve Team members with two land Rover Ambulances responding to this incident. (18 Rescue Person Hours)

40. Saturday 22nd October. Spot Pick-Up. 15:26 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. The Team was called to Gisburn Forest Bike Trails by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a 49-yesr-old male reported to have suffered a head injury as he fell off his mountain bike. This incident in the Hully Gully area of the forest. The North West Air Ambulance also in attendance. Team members attending a Search Managers course at our Garstang Vehicle & Training base were able to respond immediately. The Team stood down on route when it was established the casualty had walked to the café at the Hub and had been met by a land ambulance. Twelve Team members involved in this incident with three of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. (10 Rescue Person Hours)

39. Monday 19th October. Search. 09:05 Hrs. River Ribble, Ribchester. Continuation of Incident 38. A request was received from Rossendale & Pendle Team to assist with the continuing search for the 73-year-old male. Further resources from Bolton & Oldham MRT’s and three dogs from SARDA(England) also joining the search. Unfortunately, shortly before midday a body was located by the Police Underwater Team in the River Ribble. Four Team members attending this phase of the search with others due to arrive early afternoon. The Team extends thoughts and sympathies to the missing person’s family and friends at this sad time. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

38. Sunday 16th October. Search. 20:45 Hrs. River Ribble, Ribchester. Team contacted by Lancashire Police requesting urgent assistance with the developing search for a missing 73-year-old male in the Ribchester area. Missing since the previous day and due to his health reported as unlikely to have gone very far. Incident Controller contacted Lancashire Police Search Manager and it was soon realised that potential search areas were all in areas covered by Rossendale & Pendle MRT. The incident was passed to their Team Leader. Team placed on standby should we be required. At 22:00 Hrs we were contacted by RPMRT Incident Controllers requesting we join the search. Both Teams undertaking searches of woods, fields, farmland and the banks of the River Ribble. Our Team Controllers also assisting with the management of the search. The search was suspended at 04:00 Hrs with a number of articles located including fishing equipment & a torch but with the missing person still outstanding. The intention of starting again at 09:00 Hrs with a re-search of the area in daylight. Fifteen Team members attending from our Team with similar numbers from Rossendale & Pendle Team. Other Mountain Rescue resources included a SARADA(England) search dog, handler & navigator from Calder Valley SRT. Other resources including a Police Helicopter, Police Search Advisor (POLSA), Police Officers and Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. LFRS deployed a drone which located a number of heat sources that were investigated by the MRT’s. (78 Rescue Person Hours)

37. Sunday 9th October. Spot Pick-Up. 09:41 Hrs. Salter Fell Track, Bowland. Team received a request to support the North West Air Ambulance with a female fallen from a trail motor bike on the Salter Fell Track / Hornby Road in Bowland. Reported with a broken collar bone / shoulder injury. As the Team was on exercise at our Headquarters at Smelt Mill in the Trough we were able to dispatch two Landrover Ambulances within minutes of the call. A Landrover from Bolton MRT who were on the exercise with us was also dispatched. On arrival, the Air Ambulance had been able to land very close to the casualty on the narrow track above Whitendale. The only thing left for the Team to do was for one member to ride the trail bike down the track to the road. Eleven MRT members responding to this incident with support from others in Control at Smelt Mill. (30 Rescue Person Hours)

36. Wednesday 6th October. Search, 19:01 Hrs. Blackpool. Search for missing 60-year-old male from The Harbour Hospital on the outskirts of Blackpool. Missing since earlier in the day Police had already deployed resources including a helicopter from the National Police Air Service and had used Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service drone. Team arriving on scene at 20:30 Hrs. Searches on open land and woods at the rear of the hospital and around Marton Mere Nature Reserve commenced soon after. An area near Staining on a golf course where the missing person was located last time he went missing was also targeted. Casualty was located in a field to the rear of the hospital by the Team shortly after 22:00 Hrs. He was cold but safe and required carrying on a stretcher to the road head. Team using mountain bikes in the search to cover paths around the golf course & nature reserve. Trailing dog and handler from Bolton MRT also deploying. Thirty Team members in attendance with five of our vehicles – three Landrover Ambulances, Minibus and Control Vehicle. (90 Rescue Person Hours)

35. Sunday 26th September. Spot Pick-Up 18:30 Hrs. Walton-le-Dale near Preston. Just as the majority of the Team were returning into area from the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross safety cover we were paged by the North West Ambulance Service to attend to a 12-year-old female reported as fallen down a steep bank and unconscious. The location of the casualty was in Holland Wood above the weir on the River Darwen at Walton-le-Dale. The young female had been in the river and was very cold. Team was able to access the casualty over very steep and slippery ground. She was placed in a casualty bag on a Bell MR stretcher. This was then hauled up through the woods over the very slippery ground to the waiting land ambulance at the road head. 24 Team members responding to this incident. (24 Rescue Person Hours)

Sunday 25th September. The Three Peaks Cyclo Cross, North Yorkshire. The Team once again provided safety cover for the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross. No significant hill incidents to report. One participant with a shoulder injury, who was making his own way off Ingleborough, was accompanied by a Team member as a precaution. At the finish, First Aid was administered to a number of participants with the usual assortment of cuts, lacerations and bruises. Yorkshire Ambulance Service requested to attend a male with a slight concussion.

34. Saturday 24th September. Spot Pick-Up / RTA. 13:51 Hrs. Whitewell, Bowland. Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service. They had a serious incident in the area of Little Bowland near Whitewell. NW Air Ambulance on scene requesting a specialist vacuum body splint that we carry and help transporting casualty to the helicopter. A cyclist, whilst descending a steep hill, had crashed sustaining serious injuries. Casualty placed in full body splint, then placed on scoop stretcher and into a land ambulance. Casualty then driven about 500m up the road. Then placed in a casualty bag on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher for a carry across a boggy field to the helicopter for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. 16 Team members involved in this incident with three of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. (24 Rescue Person Hours)

33. Thursday 20th September. Internet Incident. 15:21 Hrs. Woodhead Area, Peak District. The following message was received on our Facebook page from a female "I'm trying to find my way across the Pennines on proper cycle route but think I'm lost" and gave her phone number. Team member who picked up the message was one of our Incident Controllers who immediately sent a SARLOC message to the missing person. This was successfully and he was able to pinpoint the lost person on MRMap located above the Woodhead Tunnels in the Peak District. She was asked to go south back to her original route. However, she was unable to determine her direction of travel so was asked to carry on for ten more minutes and was then SARLOC’ed again. The trail on MRMap gave direction of travel and she was pointed in the right direction. Missing person was contacted again at 16:30 Hrs, was safe and back on track. (1 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. Obviously in this incident the missing person was not injured but was just having difficulties with directions (and we have all been there!) It was just lucky our Incident Controller could respond to the social media message. The recommended way to contact Mountain Rescue is to dial 999 and ask for POLICE – MOUNTAIN RESCUE.

32. Thursday 1st September. Search. 20:28 Hrs. Yarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley. Team requested to join the developing search for a 20-year-old vulnerable female in the Yarrow Valley Country Park area to the south of Chorley. As the first Team members arrived at the RV it was established that the missing person had returned home and was safe. Team stood down at 22:00 Hrs with vehicles on-route from Garstang & Preston. (14 Rescue Person Hours)

S13. Wednesday 31st August. Standby Search. 16:28 Hrs. Leyland. Lancashire Police contacted the Team concerning a missing elderly female, aged 90 in the Leyland area. Initial request was for trailing dog and handler from Bolton MRT. Dog and handler were available and support was provided by three Team members in a Landrover Ambulance. As this small Team was traveling to Preston a full call out of the team was requested at 18:09 Hrs. However, as the Team was assembling the good news was received at 18:25 Hrs that the missing person had been located at a local Superstore, was safe and being looked after by staff. (10 Rescue Person Hour)

S12. Thursday 22nd August. Standby Search. 16:56 Hrs. Thornton Cleveleys. Team Search Managers contacted by Lancashire Police requesting assistance in locating a vulnerable female giving concern for her safety. Due to the information available, it was felt that an effective search could not be undertaken. There was a very high probability that the missing person had left the area by bus. Team remained available but was not required. (2 Rescue Person Hour)

31. Saturday 20th August. Search. 05:20 Hrs Haigh Hall Country Park near Wigan. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Team Leader from Bolton MRT requesting assistance in the developing search for a vulnerable male, age 23. The missing persons car had been located at Haigh Hall Country Park near Wigan. Team responded with 6 persons and one 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulance. However, just before arrival we were informed that the missing person had been located. He was quickly transferred by Bolton MRT to a waiting land ambulance for the journey to Hospital. (14 Rescue Person Hours)

30. Tuesday 16th August. Spot Pick-Up. 17:56 Hrs Stoneyhurst College, Hurst Green. Team requested by NWAS to assist with a male, who had fallen ill on top of scaffolding at Stoneyhurst College. Team stood down on route when it was reported that Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service had been able to bring the casualty down to safety. Rossendale & Pendle MRT and a NWAS HART Team also responding to this incident.

29. Friday 12th August. Spot Pick-Up. 11:20 Hrs Yarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with an 81-year-old male at the Yarrow Valley Country Park. Reported as had been unconscious with the ambulance service paramedics requesting assistance with the evacuation. First two Team members on scene assisted with the short carry to the waiting land ambulance. Bolton MRT also called by our Team Leader to assist with this incident.

28. Tuesday 9th August. Spot Pick-up. 14:46 Hrs Marshaw Fell, Bowland. The Team was called to assist the North West Ambulance Service with the treatment of a 64-year-old male reportedly collapsed on Marshaw Fell in Bowland. First Team members on scene assisted with the loading of the casualty onto the North West Air Ambulance for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. Fourteen team members with three of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances responding. (14 Rescue Person Hours)

Postscript. The gentleman died in hospital a short time later. The Team extends its condolences to family and friends of the casualty at his very sad time.

For many years the Team has attended the Borrowdale Fell Race in Cumbria to provide safety cover for the participants and this year was no exception. Apart from the many competitors treated for cuts and bruises at the finish the following two incidents to report:

27. Saturday 6th August. Spot Pick-up. 13:00 Hrs. Sty Head, Borrowdale, Cumbria. A participant in the fell race arrived at our Sty Head checkpoint. He had fallen whilst descending the Corridor Route and sustained an injury to his head that was bleeding quite severely. This was bandaged and the casualty walked off the hill with assistance.

26. Saturday 6th August. RTC. 11:03 Hrs. Borrowdale, Cumbria. Just before the start of the event Team members attended at a Road Traffic Collision. Casualties brought back to our race Control First Aid tent but, luckily only minor injuries were sustained.

25. Wednesday 3rd August. Spot Pick-up. 16:02 Hrs Pendle Hill. A second call out for the day. Team Incident Controllers contacted direct by Incident Controller from Rossendale & Pendle MRT. They were dealing with an incident on Pendle Hill. A 29-year-old female had tripped near the summit and sustained a broken ankle/leg. RPMRT had called Bolton MRT to assist with this incident. The request for our assistance was to deal with a second casualty from the same walking group. A 14-year-old female had tripped and sustained a knee injury a short distance away from the first casualty. Members of all three Teams working together using two Bell Mountain Rescue Stretchers carried the casualties down to waiting Land Ambulances. 20 BPMRT Team members involved with this incident with three of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances deployed. (60 Rescue Person hours)

24. Wednesday 3rd August. Spot Pick-up. 13:08 Hrs. River Ribble, West Bradford. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a female with an ankle injury on the banks of the River Ribble. Paramedics with the patient but requiring the Team to evacuate casualty to the road head. Team stood down on route when it was confirmed that that crew on scene had been able to deal with the incident. Six Team members responding to this incident. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

S11. Sunday 24th July. Standby Search / Advice. 23:42 Hrs Skelmersdale. Team Search Managers contacted by Lancashire Police requesting advice. They had a highly mobile male who was giving concern for his safety. Not responding to attempts to contact him on his mobile phone. Due to the circumstances, it was decided that a search could not be undertaken at this time. Team available should the situation change but we were not required. (1 Rescue Person Hour)

23. Sunday 24th July. Spot Pick-Up. 10:31 Hrs. Brindle near Chorley. Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a 57-year-old male. Reported as fallen with a fractured ankle in a wheat field near Brindle. Land Ambulance crew unable to access patient. Team requested to assist with access and egress. On arrival the Team stood down as the local farmer had extracted the casualty in his 4 x 4 vehicle. Fifteen Team members responding with two of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. (15 Rescue Person hours)

22. Tuesday 19th July. Spot Pick-up / Search. 12:32 Hrs. Longridge Fell. Report of a 70-year-old male, fallen with a head injury on Longridge fell. Exact location unknown but had set of walking from near Jeffrey Hill. Team members immediately responding to Jeffrey Hill. North West Air Ambulance attending from Barton aerodrome in Manchester. Request made to Lancashire Police to see if a helicopter could be made available from NPAS (National Police Air Service). Attempt made to SARLOC the missing person and his party. Team stood down at 12:56 Hrs when it was reported that a Land Ambulance crew that had also been sent had located the casualty and he was safe. Twelve Team members responding to this incident with one of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances mobile when the stand down came. (12 Rescue Person Hours)

S10. Sunday 10th July. Standby Search. 11:17 Hrs Roby Mill, Skelmersdale. Request from Lancashire Constabulary to help with the developing search for a missing elderly female in Skelmersdale. Missing for just over an hour but her health giving case for concern. Initial request was for the Trailing Dog and handler (from Bolton MRT) to attend but they were not available. Initial plans made to mobilise the Team but at 12:16 Hrs we were informed by the Police that the missing person had been located, safe. (1 Rescue Person Hour)

S9. Friday 1st July. Standby Search.16:45 Hrs. Preston. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist in a missing person search. They had an outstanding missing person, a vulnerable female, who had been missing some days possibly in the Avenham area of Preston. With very little information, it was decided not to undertake a search at this time.

Post Script: Unfortunately, we understand that the body of the missing person was recovered from the River Ribble some days later. Our thoughts are extended to the missing person’s family and friends at this time

21. Tuesday 21st June. Spot Pick-Up. 11:48 Hrs. Angelzarke, West Pennines. Team received a report from the North West Ambulance Service that a male fell runner had collapsed on Anglezarke Moor just up from White Coppice and was in need of urgent assistance. First Team members on scene were stood down as the North West Air Ambulance crew had been able to extract the casualty to hospital. 10 Team members responding with two of our 4 x Landrover Ambulance mobile when the stand down came at 12:23 Hrs. One Team member from Bolton MRT also attending. (10 Rescue Person hours)

Post Script: Sadly, we understand that the casualty passed away. The Team extends our thoughts and sympathies to the gentleman’s family and friends at this very sad time.

20. Sunday 12th June. Spot Pick-Up. Other MRT Assist. 01:35 Hrs. Haigh Hall, Wigan. Due to Bolton MRT having a Celebration Dinner and with their limited availability the Team was providing backup / cover for their area. Bolton MRT requested assistance with a 24-year-old female reported by NWAS as fallen in a ditch at Haigh Hall near Wigan. Team stood down on arrival as the casualty was not in such a difficult location as first described and the Bolton Team members attending had been able to deal with the incident. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

19. Saturday 11th June. Spot Pick-Up. 14:10 Hrs. Caton Fell near Lancaster. The Team was providing safety cover for the annual Windmill Fell race on Caton Fell. A competitor presented at our checkpoint on the hill who was very cold, exhausted and suffering hypothermia. He was quickly placed in a casualty bag and warmed up in one of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. He was then brought off the fell in the vehicle. (4 Rescue Person Hours)

18. Friday 10th June. Search. 00:32 Hrs. Salwick, West of Preston area. Team Incident Controllers contacted to see if we could assist in the developing search for a 53-year-old male, last seen at 14:00 Hrs the previous day. Police had a number of cell sighting reports from his phone that appeared to indicate a direction of travel from Newton-with-Scales towards Preston but the mobile phone now switched off. Our SARLoc attempts were unsuccessful. Search of footpaths, fields and canal towpaths undertaken. A number of further cell sightings received throughout the night which resulted in a more concentrated search around Cottam and the UCLAN Sports Arena on the outskirts of Preston. At 05:30 Hrs it was decide to reassess the search parameters with the possibility of the missing person being mobile and within a built up urban area. Just after all our search parties had returned to the RV news was received that the missing person had returned home and was safe. The following Team resources attending: 18 Bowland Pennine MRT members with Control vehicle, minibus and two 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. Other resources included a National Police Air Support Unit helicopter and Police Officers. (90 Rescue Person Hours)

17. Tuesday 7th June, Search. 01:55 Hrs. Healey Nab near Chorley. Team again paged in the early hours. Urgent search for a vulnerable 22-year-old male. Missing since approx. 22:00 hrs previous day with car discovered located on the west side of Healy Nab. Attempts made to SARLOC the missing person and SARDA search dogs also requested to assist. First Team members arriving on scene immediately tasked to high priority areas including two large ponds/lodges and the nearby Leeds-Liverpool Canal. We were then joined by members of Bolton MRT and the Teams moved to search the wooded area on Healy Nab. Another search party was tasked with the area between Healy Nab and the missing persons vehicle. At approx. 05:25 Hrs the good news came that the missing person had been located in the search area and was safe. The following MR resources attending the search: 17 Bowland Pennine MRT members with Control vehicle and two 4 x 4 Landrovers, 7 Bolton MRT members with two 4 x 4 Landrovers and a search dog & handler from the Cave Rescue Organisation. The trailing dog unit from Bolton MRT was also scheduled to attend at 08:00 Hrs. Other resources included the National Police Air Support Unit, a Police dog and Police officers. (84 Rescue Person Hours)

16. Wednesday 1st June. Search. 15:24 Hrs. Cuerden Valley Country Park near Leyland. Team requested by Lancashire Constabulary to assist in the search for a vulnerable 28-year-old male. Missing since approx. 08:00 Hrs early in the day and giving cause for concern as to his safety. Believed to be in the Cuerden Valley area with a possible sighting. Search of woods, pond area, fields and farmland required. As the Team arrived with initial deployments and tasks being planned we were put on "hold". A report that the missing person had been located in Somerset had been received. This was eventually confirmed and the Team was able to move to Angelzarke Quarry for a planned crag training exercise. Following Team assets responding: 35 Team members with 3 x Landrover Ambulances, Minibus & Control vehicle plus mountain bike trailer. Other MR resources included the Trailing Dog Unit from Bolton MRT who stood down on route. Other assets included Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service personnel, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service Air Support Unit with their drone plus police officers and PCSO’s. (70+ Rescue Person Hours)

15. Tuesday 31st May. Spot Pick-Up. 16:00 Hrs. Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge. Report from the North West Ambulance Service of a 14-year-old female fallen and unable to weight bear on a leg injury. Nine Team members responding with two of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. Team stood down on scene, as the Ambulance Crew had been able to walk the casualty out of the woods as injuries not as serious as first reported. (9 Rescue Person Hours)

S8. Monday 23rd May. Standby Search. 21:27 Hrs. Bickerstaffe, South Lancashire. Team Controllers contacted with a request for an urgent search in the Bickerstaffe area to the south west of Skelmersdale. Report of a 10-year-old female missing from home. As a deployment plan was being discussed between the Controllers the girl was located, safe, and the team was not required.

S7. Friday 20th May. Standby Search. 18:05 Hrs. Skelmersdale. Team paged by Lancashire Police requesting assistance with a search for a missing vulnerable female in Skelmersdale. Initial request was for a trailing dog unit. Our Team Leader made arrangements for the SARDA Trailing Dog Unit to attend from Bolton MRT. They searched until approximately 22:30 Hrs but nothing found. Thanks to Search Dog Boris, handler & navigator from Bolton MRT for undertaking this task. It was reported the following day that the missing female was found, safe, at her mother’s home in Liverpool. (10 Rescue Person Hours)

S6. Tuesday 17th May. Standby Search. 22:41 Hrs. Gisburn Forest. Team Controllers contacted by Lancashire constabulary with a report of two walkers lost in Gisburn Forest. As initial contact was made with police officers, the pair turned up, safe, near Stocks Reservoir and the Team was not required.

14. Saturday 14th May. Spot Pick-Up. 16:54 Hrs. Calder Vale / Bleasdale Area. The North West Ambulance Service requested assistance with an injured female in a steep gully in woods near Jack Anderton Bridge. Reported with a knee injury and unable to walk. Paramedics on scene. The location of the incident was only about 4 miles from our Vehicle and Training Base at Garstang where Team members were training for the MREW Casualty Care Certificate. The first of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances was mobile within five minutes, quickly followed by a second and a third. On arrival, it was established that we could access close to the incident with our vehicles. The casualty was carried the short distance to the Landrover Ambulance and then transported to the NWAS Land Ambulance at the road head. Twenty five Team members with four of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances responding to this incident. (25 Rescue person Hours)

S5. Wednesday 11th May. Standby Search. 01:28 Hrs. Claughton-on-Brock near Garstang. Team Controllers paged by Lancashire Police in the early hours requesting assistance with a search at Claughton-on-Brock. As The Team Leader was obtaining the missing persons details information received that he had been located, safe, and the Team was not required. All back to bed then.

13. Monday 2nd May. Spot Pick-Up. 13:42 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a male mountain biker, reported as fallen in Gisburn Forest with head injuries and possible loss of consciousness. The North West Air Ambulance had been able to land in a field about 400m from the casualty who was in woods. The Team transported the casualty to the waiting Helimed. Twenty Team members with three of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances responding to this incident. (40 Rescue person Hours)

12. Saturday 30th April. Spot Pick-Up. 19:25 Hrs. Healy Nab near Chorley. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a 14-year-old mountain biker, reported as fallen with shoulder and ankle injuries on the mountain bike trails at Healy Nab. The casualty was quickly located in woods just off the summit and treated with pain relieving gas. He was then carried on a mountain rescue stretcher out of the woods to one of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances. This was then used to transport the casualty down to the road head and the waiting NWAS Ambulance. Eighteen Team members with two of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances involved in this incident. (36 Rescue person Hours)

11. Monday 18th April. Search. 01:52 Hrs. Poulton-le-Fylde.Team requested by Lancashire Constabulary to assist in the search for a 10-year-old female, missing since approx. 20:00 Hrs the previous day, and giving cause for concern as to her safety. Search of playing fields, college grounds, farmland and waste ground required. First two Team members on scene at 03:15 Hrs immediately deployed into playing fields opposite missing persons home to undertake a hasty search of the area. They were soon joined by two more Team members. Police Officers and Fire officers from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service deployed covering roads and gardens in the immediate area. Initial search Team identified a culvert / stream that warranted further investigation. A further four team member sent to cover this stream area. Other Team members readied to concentrate on an area of College grounds and farmland that contained a large number of ponds. At 04:25 Hrs the missing girl was located by the Team in the area of the stream. She was cold but safe. Team arranged for her return to home and a NWAS Ambulance was called for a precautionary check. Fourteen Team members attending with a trailing search dog and handler, from Bolton MRT / SARDA(Wales), stood down on route. Also assisting with this incident was a helicopter from the National Police Air Support Unit. Thanks to Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service for the loan of their night vision equipment. (77 Rescue Person Hours)

10. Saturday 2nd April. Spot Pick Up 15.27 Hrs Roeburndale. Team requested to assist the crew of Helimed 72 from the North West Air Ambulance with a 40 year old male, fallen with a broken leg. Location of casualty reported as downhill from Backsbottom Farm near the River Roeburn. Team stood down with a number of members on scene and one of our Landrover Ambulances mobile. The air ambulance crew had been able to deal with the incident and the casualty was safe. Eleven Team members responding. (11 Rescue Person Hours)

9. Sunday 27th March. Spot Pick-Up. 13:36 Hrs. Hurst Green near Clitheroe. A second call out of the day. Just after all the vehicles had been refuelled and returned to bases at Garstang and Penwortham following Incident 8 another call was received from the Ambulance Service to assist a female, aged 50. Reported with leg injuries in fields between Hurst Green and the River Ribble having fallen on the very wet and muddy footpaths. Nineteen Team members with three 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances responded. Pain killing gas was administered and the casualty was carried to the waiting ambulance at the road head using a combination of stretcher carry and vehicle. (30 Rescue Person Hours)

8. Sunday 27th March. Spot Pick-Up. 10:42 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a mountain biker, reported as fallen and hit a tree with arm injury in Gisburn Forest near the dam at Stocks Reservoir. First Team members on scene were able to report that the crew from the North West Air Ambulance had been able to easily access the casualty and the Team stood down with fourteen members and two of our 4 x 4 Landrover Ambulances responding. (14 Rescue person Hours)

S4. Sunday 20th March. Standby Search. 00:47 Hrs. Pendle Hill Area. Team Controllers contacted in the early hours with a request to contact one of the Incident Controllers from Rossendale & Pendle MRT. They were having difficulties locating a group of four persons, one reported with serious injuries, in the Barley area. However, on contacting RPMRT they has just located the group and no further assistance was required.

7. Wednesday 16th March. Spot Pick-Up. 15:28 Hrs. Longridge Fell. Team paged by the North West Ambulance Service to attend to a climber who had fallen at Craig-y-Longridge and sustained a serious ankle injury. Craig-y-Longridge is a very popular area with "boulderers" and has some of the hardest problems in the North West. Team members were first on scene and treated the casualty. Due to the serious nature of the injury it was decided to request the assistance of the North West Air Ambulance. Helimed 08 duly attended and the casualty was evacuated to the Royal Preston Hospital. Seventeen Team members involved in this incident (34 Rescue Person Hours)

S3. Thursday 25th February. Standby Search. 14:07 Hrs. Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. Team Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police to see if we could assist with a search in Ashton, Preston. Bolton MRT contacted to see if their SARDA (North Wales) Trailing Dog Team were available. With the dog team not available and identified search areas all being within the urban area it was decided not to deploy.

On Saturday 30th January, the Team held its annual exercise. This is an exercise we have held for many years on the last weekend in January with 38 Team members participating this time. It gives us the opportunity to test a range of skills including Search Planning & Management, Incident Control, Party Leadership, Casualty Care, Casualty Site Management with multiple casualties, Driving, Navigation and general all round Team work. Weather conditions not the best with high winds, sleet and some hail. An exercise Control was set up in our Control Vehicle on Waddington Fell rather than using the relative comfort of our headquarters at Smelt Mill. This year’s exercise started with a search in the Waddington Fell area for two groups of "lost" Duke of Edinburgh Award participants. These were duly located on Browsholme Moor and Harrop Fell. Following treatment for various exercise injuries, they were evacuated from the hill. Whilst the search was still underway, a second exercise incident was reported. A group of off road bikers in difficulty on the Salter Fell track. Notification for the location of this exercise incident was passed to Controllers as Latitude and Longitude from a simulated PLB (Personal Location Beacon). Then just to put more pressure onto the exercise Controllers a third incident was added to the mix. This was a mountain biker fallen from the Big Slab at Whelpstone Crag in Gisburn Forest. We would like to thank the Police Cadets and former callout Team members who acted as casualties. Just as the exercise on Salter Fell was concluding and the focus was moving into Gisburn Forest the following real incident occurred:

6. Saturday 30th January. Spot Pick-Up. 13:17 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Team paged by the North West Ambulance Service. A mountain biker had fallen and sustained an ankle/lower leg injury in the area of Hully Gully. No Helimed available due to the weather conditions. The Team member who was acting as "casualty" for the Annual Exercise (see above) was immediately requested to attend arriving at the scene within ten minutes. A further fifteen Team members in three of our 4 x 4 land rovers were diverted from the annual exercise. The casualty was treated by the Team and his leg splinted. He was then carried about 500m to a Team Land Rover and transported to the waiting Land Ambulance at Tosside. (16 Rescue person Hours)

S2. Saturday 23rd January. Standby Search. 01:09 Hrs. The Beacon, Skelmersdale. Team Controllers contacted in the early hours with a request to assist in the search for a missing vulnerable male at Ashurst’s Beacon County Park, Skelmersdale. Due to the circumstances of the search, it was decided not to deploy immediately and the situation would be reviewed at first light. However, the missing person was located, safe, during the night and the Team was not required. Two Team members liaising with the Police Search Managers for this incident.

5. Sunday 17th January. Spot Pick-Up. 01:09 Hrs. Silverdale near Carnforth, North Lancashire. Team paged in the early hours to assist a 17-year-old male with a severe head injury in Silverdale. Apparently, the young person had been out sledging in the freshly fallen snow and had fallen off sustaining the head injury (yes, this is 1 am!). North West Ambulance Service paramedics had reached the casualty but were requesting the Teams assistance to evacuate over the icy and frozen ground. Casualty was stretchered by the Team back to a waiting Land Ambulance. Nine Team members involved in this incident (18 Rescue Person Hours)

4. Tuesday 12th January. Search. 15:50 Hrs. Newton-in-Bowland. Lancashire Police had received a request for help from a female out walking her dog in the Newton-in-Bowland area. This was her first time out walking in Bowland and had become disorientated. The descending darkness was also giving cause for concern. On arrival at the RV in Newton, we were informed that contact had been made with the missing woman by local Police officers but she was on the opposite side of the River Hodder. She was then quickly located and escorted to the road a little cold & wet but unaffected by her ordeal. Seventeen Team members with two 4 x 4 Landrover ambulances initially responding to this incident. (34 Rescue Person Hours)

3. Monday 11th January. Search. 09:00 Hrs Avenham Area & River Ribble, Preston. At 09:00 Hrs in a pre-arranged plan the Team commenced searches of Avenham & Miller Parks, the banks of the River Ribble and areas of disused railway lines and embankments to the south of Preston as part of the going search for a missing vulnerable female. Twenty-two Team members attending. Just after 12:00 Hrs the Team stood down with all identified tasks completed. Just after the stand down, we were informed that the missing person has been located, safe but needing hospital treatment, a short distance away in a local hotel. (70 Rescue Person Hours) Sunday 10th January. 20:25 Hrs. Request for assistance. Lancashire Police requested assistance in the ongoing search for a missing vulnerable female in the Avenham area of Preston. Request was to undertake the search the following day.

2. Saturday 9th January. Spot Pick-Up. 15:31 Hrs Denham Quarry near Chorley. Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a female reported with a broken leg. Paths around the quarry all waterlogged, very muddy and slippery. North West Air Ambulance also called but had to leave early due to the fading light. Team carried casualty on a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher down very slippery paths to the road and waiting land Ambulance. Ten Team members on scene with others stood down responding. (15 Rescue Person Hours) S1. Saturday 2nd January. Standby Search. 20:46 Hrs. Inskip near Preston. The Team Leader was contacted direct by Lancashire Police requesting the Teams assistance in the search for a missing vulnerable male in the area of Inskip just outside of Preston. However just as the initial response had been planned and the full team were about to be called out to the search areas, we were notified that the missing person had been located safe and well.

1. Saturday 2nd January. Spot Pick-Up. 17:35 Hrs Moorcock Inn, Slaidburn Road, Waddington. Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with an 18-year-old-male who had fallen broken his leg. Casualty in fields relatively close to the road. Team stood down on arrival as the Ambulance crew and attending Police Officers had carried the casualty to the waiting Land Ambulance. (12 Rescue Person Hours)









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