Incident 44/2014 – mountain biker at Wilderswood

With eighteen team members responding to set up to provide standby rescue cover for the Annual Easter Saturday Rivington Pike Fell Race (See above ‘News’ report) NWAS (Manchester) EOC Parkway directly contacted our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE (Who minutes earlier had been routinely in contact with the EOC) at 12.27hrs requesting the team’s assistance to deal with the report of an injured male in the vicinity of Pike Cottage, Georges Lane, above Horwich.

Our Land Rover BM3 responded en-route, co-incidentally already on the moorland flanks track of Georges Lane, with four crew on board, and quickly located the casualty site at 12.33hrs.

A 51 years old male Mountain Biker, from Ashton-Under-Lyne, in the company of seven other mountain bikers, had fallen from his bike sustaining a very painful suspected dislocated shoulder.

Our Land Rover BM2 with two crew on board, also responded from nearby as did our Incident Control Vehicle BM6, from our Ladybridge Hall Base / HQ, also with two crew on board.

The casualty site was just ‘below’ Georges Lane, in the vicinity of Wilderswood, and with assistance the casualty was able to walk to our BM2 Land Rover, after being given pain relief.

This Land Rover transferred the casualty to the junction of Matchmoor Lane and Georges Lane, where an NWAS (Manchester) Emergency Ambulance was waiting alongside our Incident Control Vehicle.

By 13.10hrs our part in this incident was over, with the injured man being taken to Royal Bolton Hospital for treatment.

In total eight team members were involved in this incident.