Incident 019/2024

The rescue Team were requested on Sunday 12th May 2024 at 13.30hrs to attend to an injured 47-year-old male who had taken a tumble on the Leap of Faith mountain bike route. It was reported that the mountain biker had sustained shoulder and collar bone injury.

On arrival, Team members made a quick assessment of the situation and potential injuries which confirmed a potential shoulder injury. In addition, our primary survey discovered a potential head injury to the right side of the head (Riders helmet had done its job) therefore concern was raised.

Due to the injuries and the mechanism of injury, we requested the assisted of the AIR Ambulance which arrived very quickly from Blackpool airport.

Once the rescue Team and AIR Ambulance Paramedics has completed their survey, it was decided that the male mountain biker would be flown into the trauma centre at Preston Royal Infirmary.

The Team then stretchered the mountain biker the short distance from the casualty site to the AIR Ambulance, where he was then transferred into and then flown to Preston.

We wish our casualty all the very best and for a quick recovery.

10 volunteers of Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and 2 AIR Ambulance Paramedics (HEMS) were involved in this incident which took approximately 4 hours to complete.

*Post incident, our casualty has reported that he is fine with bruises and cuts and thanks the rescue Team and AIR Ambulance in attending to him in Gisburn Forest.