Incident 14/2009

At 13:35 today, our Team Leader was contacted by NWAS (Manchester) with regards to a casualty situated in the Rivington / Anglezarke region, with the casualty reported to be on a reservoir footpath.

NWAS (Manchester) reported they were passing the call to NWAS (Lancashire) and for the team to expect a call from them.

Call out contact Dave Healey obtained more details from NWAS (Lancashire) as our Team Leader prepared to mobilise the other 15 team members who were already at our Ladybridge Base HQ refreshing skills required for next weekends Winter Hill fell race.

With more information received from NWAS (Lancashire) it was established the call to the injured walker was on the Eastern shore of Anglezarke Reservoir. This location is the operational area of our neighbouring colleagues at Bowland Pennine MRT, and therefore before making any response our Team Leader immediately liaised with the TL of BPMRT, Phil O’Brien, regarding our mobilisation.

It was agreed between the leaders that those Bolton MRT members available would make an immediate response and that BPMRT would be called out by their leader to provide direct support.

All four Bolton Mountain Rescue LandRover Ambulances responded to the incident in the Anglezarke area.

Shortly after 14:00 we received a stand down message from Ambulance Control as the NWAA Helimed 08 air ambulance had managed to land very near to the casualty, and was in a position to air-lift her direct to Royal Blackburn Hospital.

Our colleagues at Bowland Pennine MRT were also stood down at this time.

At the conclusion of this incident we were made aware by the local Lancashire Constabulary Officer that a search of car parks in the Rivington area was taking place with regards to locating the car of a missing Adlington man, in circumstances giving cause for concern for the police. Upon return to Ladybridge Lancashire Constabulary control room informed us that the man involved had now been located safe and well. This potential search incident is not recorded in our incident figures but is mentioned here to illustrate the overall work of the team.