Incident 77/2009

Two searches over the last two days so it was time for a ’rescue’ incident ! At 14.38hrs we were paged by NWAS (Manchester) for the teams assistance to evacuate a young boy who had fallen from a rope swing in to a steep sided stream valley.

Following a full team call out to the Doe Hey Brook area off Greenland Road, Great Lever, Bolton, our first team member arrived on scene at 15.00hrs and joined the rescue work already being carried out by the NWAS (Manchester) crews present. By 15.15hrs our two responding Team Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances had also arrived on scene.

The 12 year old boy had sustained a fractured wrist and suspected spinal injuries in his fall down the steep sided wooded slope, and was loaded on to a back board, and with the aid of a short rope haul was brought back up to the top of the slope and carried in to the waiting Ambulance which departed just before 15.30hrs for the very short trip to Royal Bolton Hospital, barely a two minute ride in the Ambulance from the incident location to A&E.

The following resources were involved in this incident:

  • Bolton MRT 7x members on scene, two further members stood down responding, and two team vehicles.
  • NWAS (Manchester) Emergency Control Belle Vue.
  • NWAS (Manchester) Two Emergency Ambulances (four crew in total)
  • NWAS (Manchester) 1x Operational Duty Manager.

And at the conclusion of this workday call out there was still time for the nine team members who had responded to go back to work !