Incident 15/2013

During the previous sledging incident at Eagley Brook, the team was contacted at 13:32 by the NWAS (Lancashire) Emergency Operations Centre at Broughton, and we were asked to attend another sledging incident, this time near to Rivington.

The North West Air Ambulance Helimed 72 had just landed at an incident on the Yarrow Reservoir embankment at Rivington, having previously been working with us at Eagley. The air crew requested our assistance in carrying a male in his 20’s, who had sustained a broken lower leg whilst sledging down the reservoir embankment.

Deputy Team Leader Geoff Seddon and probationary team member Jess Ellsmore attended immediately, travelling in Geoff’s vehicle, followed later by two Bolton MRT Land Rover ambulances who responded directly from the scene of the previous incident at Eagley Brook at 13:52.

Pending the arrival of the two responding Bolton MRT Land Rovers, Geoff & Jess also commandeered the assistance of two suitably equipped members of the public, and together with the North West Air Ambulance aircrew the injured male was carried to the top of the reservoir embankment to the waiting Air Ambulance helicopter (NWAA Helimed 72)

The two responding Bolton MRT vehicles were then stood down as they arrived on scene, along with an NWAS Emergency Ambulance which had also been despatched to this incident, and the aircraft departed with the casualty on board, to Royal Preston Hospital.

Our thanks are of course expressed to the two helpful members of public who assisted in carrying the casualty on this incident.