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 2020 Incidents, Call Outs and Other Events

Numbered Incidents are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales


13. Wednesday 4th March. Spot Pick-Up. 16:59 Hrs. White Coppice, Anglezarke. Team requested to assist the North West Ambulance Service with a gentleman who had dislocated one of his two false hips. Casualty in some pain, obviously. NWAS paramedic crew had been able to reach the man but requesting Team to extract back to the Cricket Ground at White Coppice some 500m away. Casualty given pain relieving drugs and gas before being placed in a fully body vacuum mattress, into a casualty bag and onto a mountain rescue stretcher. Slower than usual carry back to the ambulance, due to the casualties pain, for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. Twenty-two Team members involved. (46 Rescue Person Hours)

12. Friday 28th February. Spot Pick-Up. 08:58 Hrs. Cross of Greet, Bowland. Lancashire Police received a report of a couple stranded in their car in snow and ice on the Lythe Fell Road at the Cross of Greet. They had been there overnight but were well equipped for camping so had bedded down. However, come the morning the road had remained impassable and they had requested assistance. The Team deployed two Land Rovers to assist. On route we were informed that a second vehicle had also become stuck and this was followed soon after by a third vehicle. Team quickly recovered the vehicles and four persons. Two from the original vehicle and one each from the other vehicles. They were then able to carry on with their journeys. Eleven Team members responding to this incident. (55 Rescue Person Hours)

11. Sunday 23rd February. Spot Pick-Up. 11:57 Hrs. Knot Hill, Leagram, Chipping. Team requested by the North West Ambulance Service to assist with a 65-year-old female who had slipped down a grassy bank and sustained a lower leg injury. Incident in the area of Knott Hill. Team was able to access close to the casualty with our vehicles. The casualty was treated with pain relief gasses and the leg splinted. She was then transported down the farm track in one of our vehicles to the road head and transferred to a Land Ambulance for the onward journey to the Royal Preston Hospital. Nineteen Team members involved in this incident with two of our Land Rover ambulances. (58 Rescue Person Hours)

10. Saturday 22nd February. Spot Pick-Up. 16:44 Hrs. Gisburn Forest, Bowland. Request from the North West Ambulance Service to assist a male, fallen from his mountain bike, possibly with a broken collarbone. Incident in the area of the Whelp Stone Crag. The Team stood down responding when it was determined that the casualty had made his way to safety and was making his own way to hospital with friends. Thirteen team members involved with all three of our front line Land Rover ambulances. (25 Rescue Person hours)

9. Saturday 15th February. Search. 18:48 Hrs. Salesbury. Rossendale & Pendle MRT were on a training exercise in the Lake District and the Team, along with Bolton MRT, had been asked to provide cover for their area. Lancashire Constabulary contacted the Team with a report of a missing vulnerable male in the Salesbury area, which is in the RPMRT area of operations. It was decided to undertake a search of the area with both Bolton Team and ourselves. A large are of paths, woodlands and farmland plus a churchyard and cemetery searched but nothing found. Teams stood down just before midnight with the
missing person still outstanding. Twenty one Team members plus fifteen members of Bolton MRT attending this incident (115 Rescue Person Hours)

Post Script. The missing person was located during the next day by British Transport Police on the railway line that ran through the search areas and taken to hospital.

S3. Friday 14th February. Standby. Bad Weather Cover. 15:47 Hrs. Storm Dennis. A second weekend of Red & Amber warnings for wind & rain. The region once again coming to stand by and declaring assets. Thirty Team members available should we be required. The stand down from this coming at 21:00 Hrs during incident 9 above. Teams thoughts with everyone affected by Storms Ciara & Dennis.

8. Sunday 9th February. Storm Ciara Cover. 10:30 Hrs. Bacup, East Lancashire. Incident
raised in response to rising water levels with potential to flood homes and farms. Team deployed by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to the Bacup area where a number of properties and business had been flooded. Team requested to evacuate a disabled male, due to existing medical conditions, from his home to a friend’s house in a safe area. Rossendale and Pendle Team also assisting with this Incident. Thirteen Team members attending with two Land Rover Ambulances and Minibus. (85 Rescue Person Hours)

S2. Sunday 9th February. Standby. Bad Weather Cover. 09:00 Hrs. Storm Ciara. With the Met.Office declaring Amber warnings for wind & rain across the country due to the approaching Storm Ciara it was decide to bring the Mid Pennine Mountain Rescue region to standby and declare assets. Local flooding within the operational area but especially difficult in the Calder Valley in Yorkshire. Other Mountain Rescue Regions throughout the country also moving to a standby / operational status. Thirty six Team members available at some point over the next 24 hours including nine Swift Water Technicians (SRT’s). Team stood
down from the Standby at 19:40 hrs. One deployment. See Incident 8 above.

7. Sunday 19th January. Search. 17:17 Hrs. Clougha, Bowland. An almost identical incident to Incident 5 below from almost exactly one week ago. This time Lancashire Police contacting the Team to assist with another family of hill walkers, three adults & two children, aged seven & nine. They had also become benighted in the area of Clougha Pike on the north Bowland moors. First Team members on scene moving towards Clougha Pike from Rigg Lane with Team Leader liaising with Police Officers at the car park. Team successfully used the SARLoc facility to locate the party on our mapping systems. Team members were then able to quickly locate them, give them additional clothing as they were getting cold and escort them down from the hill. Eighteen Team members available for this incident with two of our Landrover ambulances. We also deployed our Incident Control vehicle should the search become protracted but this returned to base early on when the location of the missing party become known. (8 Rescue Person Hours)

Time for a gentle reminder. Please consider taking extra clothing, hat, gloves & food. Whistle and survival shelter also useful. Map and compass and know how to use them essential. It gets darker earlier at this time of year so allow for that and a torch should you be delayed. Stay safe everyone.

6. Saturday 18th January. Spot Pick-up. 13:46 Hrs. Lancaster. North West Ambulance Service requesting assistance with a 73-year-old female who had fallen and sustained a head injury. Difficult to access to casualty location. However, the Team stood down responding with fourteen Team members mobile direct to the incident location or to our vehicle bases. The Ambulance crew had been able to access the casualty and the Team was no longer required. (8 Rescue Person Hours)

5. Sunday 12th January. Search. 17:57 Hrs. Clougha, Bowland. Lancashire Police contacting the Team to assist with a party of six hill walkers, three adults & three children, benighted in the area of Clougha Pike on the north Bowland moors. Missing group moving over very uneven ground, not sure which direction to travel but in good spirits and thankfully, no injuries reported. The Team successfully used the SARCALL PhoneFind facility to locate the party on our mapping systems. Team members were then able to quickly locate them and escort them down from the hill to Rigg Lane car park none the worse for the experience. Twenty seven Team members available for this incident. (48.5 Rescue Person Hours)

S1. Wednesday 8th January. Standby Search. 05:49 Hrs. Langho. Team Incident Controllers received a request from Rossendale & Pendle MRT to assist with the search for a 17-year-old female in the Langho area. As details were being taken and the full Team about to be contacted the good news was received that the missing girl had been located, safe. Bolton MRT and MRT Dog handlers also contacted to assist.

4. Monday 6th January. Search. 00:59 Hrs. Parbold. Lancashire Constabulary requesting assistance with the developing search for an 85-year-old female in the Parbold area. Potentially missing for up to 48 hours with her car just located near the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Parbold. Search of the canal towpaths and surrounding fields requested. Team stood down at 04:45 Hrs with all tasks completed but with the missing person still outstanding. Lancashire Police deploying other resources later in the day. Sadly, the body of the missing person was located by the Police Underwater Unit. The Team extends our condolences to the missing person’s friends and family at this sad time. Twelve Team members involved with others available later in the day. (60.5 Rescue Parson Hours)

3. Saturday 4th January. Search. 14:04 Hrs. Bleasdale Fells. Request from Lancashire Police to search for two walkers lost in dense hill mist in the area of Holme House Fell, Bleasdale. No injuries reported. Team members who live nearby requested to RV at Hazelhurst and to search onto Holme House Fell. The rest of the Team collecting our Incident Control and other vehicles should the search develop. The missing persons were located by beaters from the local shoot, checked over by Team members and walked off to Bleasdale none the worse for their experience. Team then transported them back to their car at Chipping. Nineteen Team members involved. (56 Rescue Person Hours)

2. Friday 3rd January. Spot Pick-Up. 12:13 Hrs. River Douglas, Parbold. The North West Ambulance Service requested help with a male, aged 63, who had fallen through a wooden fishing platform and broken his lower leg. First Team members on scene carried the casualty, using a long board from the land ambulance, the short distance across boggy fields to the road head. He was then transferred by land ambulance to the Southport & Formby District General hospital for further treatment. Thirteen Team members involved with this incident. (27 Rescue Person Hours)

1. Thursday 2nd January. Spot Pick-Up. 12:52 Hrs. Nicky Nook near Garstang. Request received, via Lancashire Police to assist a female, aged 80, who had tripped and fallen injuring her head. Location of the incident on the steep descent from the summit of Nicky Nook to Grizedale Reservoir. Team treated the head injury and evacuated the casualty on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher to the waiting land ambulance for the onward journey to Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Sixteen Team members attending with one of our Landrover ambulances. (66 Rescue Person Hours)