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Call Outs, Incidents & Other Events. Numbered
Incidents are reported to Mountain Rescue - England & Wales
15. Monday 2nd April.
Spot Pick-Up. 12:33 Hrs. Cross of Greet, Bowland.
Team requested by Lancashire Police to investigate a report of four persons and
a dog trapped in their car, in deep snow, in the Slaidburn area. No injuries
reported. Team members, who were resident at our Smelt Mill Headquarters in the
Trough of Bowland for the Easter Weekend were immediately sent to investigate in
one of our Landrover Ambulances. A SARLoc request was sent to the stuck persons.
This was successfully indicating their position on our mapping systems. They
were just outside our area in almost the same position as incident 5 below. A
second Landrover was placed on standby at our Vehicle & Training Base in
Garstang. On arrival at the scene, it was discovered that a second vehicle was
also stranded. Both vehicles were soon freed up and sent on their way towards
Yorkshire. Ten Team members involved in this incident (22 Rescue Person Hours)
14. Sunday 1st April. Spot Pick-Up. 14:48
Hrs. Windy Harbour Caravan Park, Poulton-le-Fylde. Team requested by
Lancashire Ambulance service to assist with a 14-year-old male who had fallen
and broken an ankle in a very muddy field. Request for Team to extract casualty
to Ambulance. Task duly completed. Fourteen Team members involved with two of
our Land Rover Ambulances. (35 Rescue Person Hours)
Post Script. After many, many years of
using pagers (as well as SMS texting) to alert Team members this incident was
the last time we used pagers. We are now reliant on SMS texting only to alert
Team members of incidents.
13. Sunday 25th
March. Spot Pick-Up. 14:00 Hrs. Whitendale, Bowland.
A 63-year-old female, fallen, with leg reported as "bent
out of shape" on the fell in the Whitendale Valley. Helimed attending from the
North West Air Ambulance. First Team members on scene arrived to see the Air
Ambulance fly over and away – it had been called to a higher priority tasking (a
heart attack, which our colleagues at Bolton MRT attended). This left the Team
to treat the injured person who had an obvious broken leg, The Team carried her
down to the valley on a Bell Mountain Rescue Stretcher. Casualty was then handed
over to an Ambulance paramedic crew on its arrival. All three our our front line
Land Rovers in attendance with seventeen Team members involved. (55 Rescue
Langden Castle in the heart of our area.