Incident 68/2011

At 13:14 this afternoon, the team was paged by NWAS (Manchester) Emergency Control Centre regarding assistance at an incident in the Hindley area involving a teenage horserider who had fallen from her horse.

The NWAS Emergency Ambulance crew despatched to this incident had requested the team on arrival at the incident location, realising a stretcher carry would be needed across open farmland.

A number of team members already present at our Ladybridge Hall Base/HQ prepared three team Landrover ambulances for immediate departure whilst our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE liaised with NWAS (Manchester) Control to ascertain more information and the RVP for our vehicles.

At 13:20 a full team detailed pager message was transmitted with three of our team Landrover going mobile soon after.


The very muddy conditions a the field in Hindley!Team member Carly Raines was the first MRT member on scene at 13:32 followed by our BM1 vehicle at 13:37, BM3 at 13:39 and BM2 at 13:41. Specialist equipment and a stretcher was quickly despatched to the scene, with MRT members working closely with the NWAS crew to treat the 14 year old female horse rider for suspected spinal injuries.

Just after 14:00 the young teenager involved (from the Hindley area of Wigan) was in the NWAS ambulance and on her way to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan.


The casualty is returned to the waiting NWAS Ambulance for onward transport to Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, WiganThe team would like to thank all the local horse riders, members of the public and local farmers who kindly assisted in looking after the horse rider involved up to and during the involvement of NWAS and ourselves.

Thanks also to the local farmer who lent the services of his tractor to tow out team member Steve Kenworthy’s van which became stuck in the very muddy roadhead at the entrance to the field.

The following resources were involved in this incident:

  • NWAS Manchester Belle Vue Control
  • NWAS Manchester Emergency Ambulance from Bolton South Ambulance Station, 2 crew
  • Bolton MRT team Landrovers BM1, 2 and 3, with 18 team members on scene and a further ten stood down responding.