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2019 Incidents, Call Outs and Other
are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales
26. Tuesday 9th July. Spot Pick-Up. 11:04
Team contacted by the North West Ambulance Service to assist the North West Air
Ambulance. The Air Ambulance had been sent to the Fleetwood Marshes Nature
Reserve where a 59-year-old female had been reported with a possible broken leg
because of a dog running into her. However, the weather had closed in and the
helicopter was unable to lift. Team treated the casualty and carried her to a
waiting Land Ambulance. A Coastguard SAR Team also assisting with the stretcher
carry. Eleven Team members involved in the incident with two of our Land Rover
Ambulances. (44 Rescue Person Hours).
25. Monday 8th July. Spot Pick-Up. 15:07
Hrs. Longridge Fell.
Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a 60-year-old who
had fallen and was unable to weight bare on Longridge Fell. The casualty was
duly located, treated and recovered from the fell in one of our Land Rover
Ambulances. Fourteen Team members responding to this incident. (50 Rescue Person
24. Sunday 7th July. Spot Pick-Up. 16:51
Hrs. Parlick Pike, Bowland.
Whilst still responding to Incident 23 below the Team received a further request
from the North West Ambulance Service. This time for assistance extracting a
casualty from Parlick Pike. Casualty located in the steep gully to the west of
the summit above Blindhurst. A 67-year-old female had fallen, sustaining an
ankle injury and was unable to walk. Ambulance crew were on scene with patient
but unable to move her. After ensuring enough personnel were attending Incident
23 Team Incident Controllers immediately diverted one Land Rover and Team
members to Parlick. A further request for additional Team members to attend was
also sent out. The Team also requested an Air Ambulance and this was arranged
via the NWAS Control Centre. The woman was treated for her injuries and packaged
onto a Bell stretcher then carried to the waiting Air Ambulance for the onward
journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. Nineteen Team members involved in the
incident with two of our Land Rover Ambulances. (65 Rescue Person Hours).
23. Sunday 7th July. Spot Pick-Up. 16:14
Team called by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a 33-year-old male,
who had fallen from a motor cross bike and sustained an open fracture to his leg
in the Docks area of Preston. Team evacuated the gentleman on a Bell Stretcher
and handed him over to the land ambulance crew. Eleven Team members attending
this incident. At the conclusion of this Incident personnel and a vehicle moved
to assist with Incident 24. (14 Rescue Person Hours).
22. Tuesday 2nd July. Spot Pick-Up. 13:22
Just as we had returned all our vehicles to bases from the previous incident we
received a second call of the day. Report of a 14-year-old male, part of a Duke
of Edinburgh group, who had fallen off a stile and sustained a snapped ligament
/ lower leg injury. Incident on the West Pennine Moors near Withnell. This time
the Team called Bolton MRT to assist, casualty treated by the Team and then
carried off the fell to a waiting Land Ambulance. Thirteen Team members
involved. (43 Rescue Person Hours).
21. Tuesday 2nd July. Spot Pick-Up. 09:02
Team asked to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a 73-year-old male
who had collapsed and fallen down a steep embankment at a caravan park in
Clitheroe. Due to the unstable terrain, a request had been made for MR
assistance. Team decided to call Rossendale & Pendle MRT to also provide
assistance. Eleven Team members involved in the incident with two of our Land
Rover Ambulances. (28 Rescue Person Hours).
S6. Tuesday 18th June. Standby Spot
Pick-Up. 14:44 Hrs. Houghton.
Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader became aware of an incident where a micro
light pilot was reported to have crashed into a tree in the Houghton area.
Initial call went to Rossendale & Pendle MRT but transferred to ourselves once
the exact location of the incident was established as in our operational area.
The North West Air Ambulance (Helimed 08) attended and stood down MR before a
general call went out to full team as they were able to easily access the
casualty and extract. (1 Rescue Person Hour)
20. Sunday 16th June. Spot Pick-Up. 13:58
Hrs. Dunsop Fell, Bowland.
Team contacted by Lancashire Police with a report of a female who had slipped
and fallen hurting her ankle. Also reported as not feeling very well. Casualty
location between Dunsop Head and the Salter Fell Track on Dunsop Fell. Location
of the incident was confirmed using the SARCALL Phone Find facility. The
casualty was treated by the Team and brought down off the hill on a Bell
Stretcher for handover to a North West Ambulance Service crew. Seventeen Team
members involved in the incident with all four of our Land Rover Ambulances.(73
Rescue Person Hours).
19. Sunday 16th June. Spot Pick-Up. 10:53
Hrs. Warton near Preston.
The North West Air Ambulance requested the assistance of the Team with a
55-year-old male. Casualty had been found collapsed on farmland to the west of
Warton Aerodrome. Due to the medical nature of the casualty’s injuries, it was
decided it was not suitable to transport him in the Air Ambulance or a Team
vehicle. The casualty was therefore carried some 400m to the road head and
waiting Land Ambulance. Two of our Landrover Ambulances deploying to this
incident with eighteen Team members. (36 Rescue Person Hours).
18. Wednesday 5th June. Search. 01:42 Hrs.
The North West Ambulance Service received a call from a male who said he was
about to self-harm and was in fields near Appley Bridge. A search of fields,
woods and open farmland was undertaken near the Fairy Glen between Appley Bridge
and Parbold. Due to size of area Bolton MRT and Mountain Rescue Search Dogs
England were also asked to assist but they were stood down responding when the
good news was received that the missing person had been located at and address
in Appley Bridge and was safe. Two Land Rover Ambulances, Incident Control Unit
and thirteen Team members deploying to this Incident. Police Dog Unit and Fire
Service Drone also deployed. (60 Rescue Person Hours).
17. Saturday 1st June. Local Incident.
13:00 Hrs. Goosnargh near Preston.
A Team member, attending a local carnival with a Team vehicle, dealt with an
incident involving a 17-year-old male who was complaining of chest pains. The
casualty was given oxygen and monitored then handed over to the North West
Ambulance Service on their arrival. (4 Rescue Person Hours).
16. Wednesday 22nd May. Local Incident.
20:00 Hrs. Beacon Fell near Chipping.
Whilst on a Training Exercise at Beacon Fell the Team became aware of a young
Cub Scout, aged 9, who had fallen and was complaining of a chest injury. He was
immediately attended by three members of the Team. After examining the youngster
his Mother was advised that he should go to hospital for a check up. The
following day we received the good news that there were no broken bones and only
soft tissue damage. (2.25 Rescue Person Hours).
15. Sunday 5th May. Spot Pick-Up. 17:04
Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland.
Our second visit to Gisburn Forest of the May Bank Holiday weekend. This time to
the "Leap of Faith". The North West Ambulance Service requested assistance with
a 17-year-old male mountain biker. Reported as fallen from his bike with facial,
back and spinal injuries. The North West Air Ambulance was also called to this
incident and NWAS paramedics were with the casualty when the Team arrived. As
the incident was very close to the forest track it was only a short carry to the
Land Ambulance. Three of our Landrover Ambulances deploying on this incident
with sixteen Team members. (44 Rescue Person Hours).
14. Saturday 4th May. Spot Pick-Up. 11:49
Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Request from the North West Ambulance Service
to assist with a 58-year-old female mountain biker. Reported as fallen from bike
with leg / ankle injuries. This incident located on "Swoopy". As the Team was on
a fund raising street collection event in Chorley one Land Rover Ambulance was
deployed within two minutes of this call out. Ankle injury was treated and the
casualty was carried some 300m to the waiting Land Ambulance for the onward
journey to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. The North West Air Ambulance also in
attendance but not used to transport the casualty. Three of our Landrover
Ambulances deploying to this incident with thirteen Team members. (48 Rescue
13. Monday 22nd April. Spot Pick-Up. 18:05
Hrs. Crook o’Lune, near Lancaster. Team requested by the North West
Ambulance Service to assist with a 27-year-old female who had jumped into the
River Lune near the weir about 1 Km upstream from the picnic site at the Crook
o’Lune. Reported with back injuries. Casualty had been attempting to save her
dog which had been dragged towards the weir. First Team members on scene were
able to assist the North West Ambulance Service Paramedics with treatment of the
casualty who was kept warm using a "blizzard blanket". We were able to access
the river bank and drive across fields to the casualty. Due to the possible back
injuries the casualty was immobilised using a full body vacuum splint, placed on
a Bell Mountain Rescue stretcher, carried the short distance to the waiting
vehicle and transported to the waiting Land Ambulance at the picnic site.
Eighteen Team members responding to this rescue. The dog got itself out of the
river and was safe. (43.5 Rescue Person Hours)
12. Sunday 21st April. Spot Pick-Up. 11:31
Hrs. Marshaw, Bowland . Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service
to assist with a female, aged sixty, fallen down a river bank, into water at
Abbeystead. After some initially confusion of the location of the incident it
was soon determined that is was at Marshaw near Tower Lodge. First Team members
on scene, assisted by Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service who rigged a ladder,
quickly extracted the casualty to the waiting Land Ambulance for transport to
the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. North West Air Ambulance also in attendance.
Fifteen Team members involved in this incident. (26 Rescue Person Hours)
11. Thursday 11th April. Spot Pick-Up.
14:29 Hrs. Darwen Moor. Team requested by the Bolton MRT for assistance.
They had been called to an incident on Darwen Moor where a male had collapsed.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of those with him and the emergency
services the man sadly passed away. Team transporting the casualty’s friends off
the hill with Bolton MRT recovering the casualty. Twelve Team members responded
to this incident with two of our Land Rover Ambulance. The North West Air
Ambulance also attending. Our condolences and sympathies to the family and
friends of the man involved. (20 Rescue Person Hours)
S5. Sunday 7th April. Request for
Assistance. 13:43 Hrs. Botany Bay, Chorley. Team received a request from the
North West Ambulance Service to recover a mobility scooter from the Leeds
Liverpool Canal at Botany Bay near Chorley. As the occupant had already been
recovered to the towpath and was safe the request was declined.
10. Sunday 24th March. RTC. 13:45 Hrs.
Slaidburn, Bowland. A Team member, returning from an exercise with Mountain
Rescue Search Dogs England in Gisburn Forest, assisted the crew of the North
West Air Ambulance at a Road Traffic Collision near Slaidburn involving a
24-year-old male. Team member helped with the treatment of the Casualty and
packaged onto the aircraft. This allowed a Land Ambulance to be stood down on
route and be deployed elsewhere. (1 Rescue Person Hour)
S4. Saturday 16th
March. Standby – Water Incident. 15:31Hrs. Calder Valley Area. A
regional request was made by Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team for support in
their area with flooding. Assets declared by Bolton MRT, Rossendale & Pendle
MRT, Holme Valley MRT and ourselves. One Swift Water Rescue Team made available
with two of our vehicles. Teams stood down at 18:36 hrs as not required when we
were informed by Calder Valley SRT that water levels were receding. Thirteen
Team members available. (40 Rescue Person Hours)
9. Tuesday 12th
March. Spot Pick-Up. 20:09 Hrs. White Coppice near Chorley. Team
requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a female fell
runner fallen on the West Pennine Moors above White Coppice. Call initially sent
to Bolton MRT. Incident reported as "one mile up track". However, first Team
members located the casualty only a few hundred meters up the track towards
Great Hill. Casualty treated for lower leg, femur and hip injuries then
evacuated off the hill to the waiting land ambulance and the onward journey to
the Royal Preston Hospital. Twenty-Four Team members involved with support from
three members of Bolton MRT. (81 Rescue Person Hours)
S3. Sunday 10th
March. Standby Search. 15:12 Hrs. Blaze Moss, Dunsop Bridge. Team
Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire Police with a report of a missing
person in the Trough of Bowland. Potentially in trouble. Attempts made to use
the MR PhoneFind system to locate the person but these were not successful. It
was decided to remain on standby pending further information but the Team was
not required. Seven Team Incident Controllers available. (5.5 Rescue Person
March. Spot Pick-Up. 21:49 Hrs. Clitheroe. Team contacted by NWAS to
assist an Ambulance crew at a caravan park near Clitheroe. Incident immediately
passed to Rossendale & Pendle MRT as not our operational area.
8. Saturday 23rd
February. Spot Pick-Up. 15:07 Hrs. Grize Dale near Scorton. North West
Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a 29-year-old male who had fallen
and sustained a very painful and serious fracture of his upper leg in the Grize
Dale valley to the south of Nicky Nook. North West Air Ambulance also deployed
which landed at the end of the valley at Peddar’s Wood. Casualty was treated at
the scene and loaded on to one of our Land Rovers for transport down the valley
to the waiting helicopter. He was transferred to the aircraft for the onward
journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. During this incident, we were also
alerted to a 6-year-old boy who had fallen and sustained a head injury. This was
bandaged and he was walked, with Mum, off the hill. Thanks to the pilot of the
Air Ambulance who gave the youngster a tour of the helicopter, which no doubt
cheered him up. Eighteen Team members involved (43 Rescue Person Hours)
S2. Tuesday 19th
February. Standby Search. 18:48 Hrs. Clitheroe. Lancashire Police
contacted the Team, initially for advice and to discuss a possible deployment in
the search for a vulnerable male. Potential search areas included the River
Ribble and a lot of farmland. Trailing Search Dog Team from Cheshire SAR
requested to respond. As the search areas were within the operational areas of
Rossendale & Pendle Team and ours both Teams brought to standby. Twenty four
Team members available with a further fifteen from RPMRT. Both Teams providing
six swift water trained personnel each. As initial elements of both Teams were
about to respond the missing person was located, safe by Police officers. Teams
stood down as not required. (2 Rescue Person Hours)
7. Sunday 3rd
February. Search. 15:24 Hrs. Bleasdale Fells, Bowland. Team requested
by Lancashire Police to locate two walkers, a father and son, lost on the
Bowland Fells. Conditions not good with snow and ice and mist as low as Fell
Foot forcing the Police Helicopter that had also been deployed to turn back.
Team able to contact missing persons by phone and from descriptions of their
surroundings it appeared they were in the Fiendsdale Head / Holme House Fell
area but possibly on Saddle Fell. Attempts made to locate the missing persons
using the SARCall PhoneFind system but these unsuccessful. Both persons still
moving with the older one complaining of being cold. Our Control vehicle was set
up at Fell Foot. Search parties deployed in failing light to Fiendsdale Head
from Hazelhurst, to Fair Snape Fell and onto "1707" from Higher Fair Snape Farm,
up Parlick from Fell Foot and two further parties into the area from Saddle End
Farm and Blindhurst. The missing persons were located at 17:24 Hrs near "1707".
They were given a quick check over and walked down towards Saddle Fell Farm. We
were able to meet them on the way down with one of our Team vehicles. Everyone
was safely off the hill by 18:30 Hrs. Coastguard helicopter placed on standby to
assist if required. Thirty four Team members responding. (166 Person Hours)
Post Script. Just a gentle reminder to
carry some extra clothing and food. It does go dark earlier in the winter months
so a torch is always useful should your walk take a little longer. If you do get
into trouble, a whistle helps to attract attention especially in poor
"1707"? From the above Incident, some readers may
be asking where this is. Can’t see it on the OS Map. It is the spot height /
Cairn at SD 5973 4729 height 520m. The Team formed in 1963 and all map
measurements were in feet then and not metres as they are now. "1707" just stuck
with us and this is passed on to new trainees each year.
6. Saturday 2nd
February. Spot Pick-Up. 16:19 Hrs. Warton near Carnforth. North West
Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a male who had fallen over a stile
in a drystone wall with a very steep drop on the other side. Casualty reported
as broken his leg. Leg had been splinted by the Ambulance crew and he was
already on a scoop stretcher when the Team arrived. Team was able to quickly
lift the casualty back over the wall straight onto the ambulance stretcher. Must
be the shortest carry in the Team’s history - all of 3 metres – but would have
been very tricky for the Ambulance crew. Eleven Team members responding with two
Land Rover’s that were stood down on route. (14 Rescue Person Hours)
5. Wednesday 30rd
January. Spot Pick-Up. 15:52 Hrs. Scorton near Garstang. As the Team
was returning to our Penwortham and Garstang Vehicle Bases from Incident 4 we
received a request from the North West Ambulance Service to help with a
17-year-old female who had been out sledging and fallen. Reported with hip, leg
and back injuries. Team immediately respond with vehicles going direct to the
RV. Casualty treated for her pain and leg splinted then placed in a full vacuum
body split. She was then stretched to the waiting Land Ambulance some 200m away.
Fourteen Team members responding. (30 Rescue Person Hours)
4. Wednesday 30th
January. Search. 08:22 Hrs. Banks, West Lancashire. Team requested to
assist Lancashire Police with the urgent search for a vulnerable 81-year-old
male who had gone for a walk on Banks Marsh at about 06:30 Hrs. A multi-agency
response with a large number of search areas identified. The missing person
reported as having extensive knowledge of the area having lived there all his
life. Team concentrating on the inland areas. Sadly, in the early afternoon a
body was located quite close to his home. Twenty two Team members responding to
this incident with three Land Rover’s and Control Vehicle. We also deployed two
SARDA (England) search dogs from Calder Valley Team and the Cave Rescue
Organisation. Other resources involved included Police - Search Managers, Search
Team, NPAS Helicopter and Under Water Search Unit, Lancashire Fire Service -
Drone, Control Unit and Urban Search & Rescue Team including search dog. Units
from Coastguard SAR and Southport Lifeboat Team also attending who concentrated
their efforts on the marsh area. The Team extends thoughts and sympathies to
family and friends of the missing person at this very sad time. (157 Rescue
S1. Monday 28th
January. Standby Search / Advice. 16:00 Hrs. Ormskirk. Request from
Police for a trailing dog to assist with the developing search for a missing
62-year-old male in the Ormskirk area. Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader
arranged for a trailing search dog from the Cheshire Lowland Search and Rescue
Team to attend. A number of trails indicated with the Dog Team standing down
around midnight. Request from Police to search a small wooded area received the
next day but it was decided not to deploy. (1.3 Rescue Person Hours)
3. Wednesday 23rd
January. Spot Pick-Up. 17:35 Hrs. Beacon Country Park near Up Holland, West
Lancashire. Team called by the North West Ambulance Service to assist a
19-yer-old female who had fallen over a wall and dislocated her knee. Reported
as in a lot of pain and in a difficult location down a very icy path some way
from the road head. Treated for the pain and evacuated on a Bell Mountain Rescue
stretcher. Twenty Team members involved. (52 Rescue Person Hours)
2. Sunday 13th January. Search. 18:55 Hrs.
Clougha Pike, Bowland. Team Incident Controllers contacted by Lancashire
Police with a report of a fell runner, two 2 hours overdue, on run to Clougha
Pike. Team Leader on contacting the Police immediately requesting the full Team
to RV at Rigg Lane car park. As the Police were briefing the Team Leader and
with other Team members arriving, the fell runner returned to the car park, safe
with no injuries. He had taken a different route around to Ward’s Stone which
had taken him near Caton, realising his mistake he made his way back to his car.
Twenty Two Team members responding to this incident. (24 Rescue Person Hours)
1. Monday 1st January. RTC. 15:00 Hrs.
Trough of Bowland. Alerted by a passer-by, Team members based at our Smelt
Mill Headquarters in the Tough of Bowland for the New Year attended a Road
Traffic Collision on the Trough Road. A small van had gone off the road and was
in a difficult position. With the help of one of our Landrover’s and a vehicle
from Sykes Farm the van was righted and still managed to drive away, luckily no
persons injured. Five Team members involved (2 Rescue Person Hours)