Incident 97 (10 of 16) of 2009

The individual details of all 16 separate incidents attended today can be found under the ‘Incidents Section’ of our website by opening up the information for 2009.

This information gives a brief outline of the events of today, with usually a more detailed account being found here in the ‘news’ pages section.

However given the number of incidents attended today only brief details have been recorded, but we felt a more detailed account of the tenth incident of today should be mentioned, given that it was more in line with our ‘usual’ operational work.

At circa 15.55hrs our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE was contacted directly by NWAS (Manchester) Control to mobilise the team to a snow sledging accident in the Bradshaw area of north Bolton. Our BM3 and BM4 Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulance vehicles were able to make an immediate response from our Ladybridge Hall Base / HQ, quickly backed up by our BM2 vehicle, with eight team members in total attending. BM3 and BM4 vehicles arrived at the RVP at the end of New Heys Way / Catterall Crescent in the Bradshaw area at 16.13hrs, having negotiated very snowy and icy road conditions en route, with our BM2 vehicle arriving at 16.20hrs.

Two local young children expertly guided us to the accident site on the hillside overlooking the housing estate, informing us (in a very knowledgeable and informative way) that the responding NWAS Emergency Ambulance crew had already placed the 16 year old girl injured in the sledging accident, onto a long board and covered her in blankets and required one of our specialist mountain rescue stretchers to evacuate her on from the hillside slope to the waiting NWAS (Manchester) Emergency Ambulance.

At the incident scene, with darkness rapidly approaching and temperatures beginning to plummet, our team members met up with the ambulance crew, who had placed the injured girl on a long board due to suspected back injuries, with Entonox also administered. Jointly working with the two Ambulance crew members, the girl was very carefully lifted onto our stretcher, and part carried / part sledged down the hillside.

Throughout the rescue the two companions of the injured girl, other friends and the injured girls mother all kindly helped us with this rescue operation, with snow and ice underfoot meaning the stretcher evacuation had to be carried out very carefully and slowly, particularly given the girls suspected lower back injury. By 16.53hrs the injured girl (who lives in Bradshaw) was safely on the way to Royal Bolton Hospital in the NWAS (Manchester) Emergency Ambulance.

At the conclusion of this incident, our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE, personally thanked all the children and adults who had helped us on this incident and then went immediately onto the next emergency call in Tyldesley !