Incident 75/2014 – body recovery at Cox Green quarry

At 10.36hrs this morning, the team was paged by Greater Manchester Police to recover the body of a male from within Cox Green Quarry, overlooking Egerton, Bolton.

The pager call was answered by our Deputy Team Leader Chris Greenhalgh, who obtained further details of the incident from GMP.

At 10.55hrs the team was paged to be available later, whilst in the interim Chris and colleague team member Mike Marsh visited the quarry to liaise with GMP on scene, and assess what was required regarding the evacuation of the males body.

Available team members gathered at our Ladybridge Hall Base / HQ, and were then paged to meet up with Chris and Mike at circa 12.30hrs, on Cox Green Road, giving access to Cox Green Quarry.

It is our understanding that the body of the male had been located earlier this morning by a GMP Officer, the team being contacted shortly thereafter.

The man’s body was evacuated from the quarry by team members using one of our specialist mountain rescue stretchers, with this sad incident concluding on scene at circa 13.52hrs.

Team members present also assisted GMP with the provision of a cordon in the area.

The following resources were involved in this incident:

  • Greater Manchester Police: Force Control Room, Divisional Officers, CID and PCSO’s.
  • Bolton Mountain Rescue Team: All four of our Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances attended, with thirteen team Call Out list members present on scene, and two further members stood down responding.
  • Local Funeral Director / Undertakers.

The team’s condolences are expressed at this time to those close to the deceased.