Incident 40/2017 – Injured Mountain Biker near Hempshaws

At 9:24 this morning the team was contacted by the North West Ambulance Service with a casualty in the Rivington Moor area.

A 51 year old man had been riding his mountain bike with friends and had fallen off injuring his ankle.

Team member Mark Scott was the first to meet with the mans friends  on Belmont Road who guided Mark to the incident site. Mark was then able to guide the responding vehicles to the nearest access points, at Hordern Stoops and the Leadmines Valley.

The incident site was actually in our neighbouring team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team area. Bowland Pennine were training at Denham Quarry, but as Bolton team members were already in the vicinity, we continued with the rescue.

The North West Air Ambulance was also called to this incident, landing shortly after Mark had arrived. The onboard paramedics administered pain relieving gas.

One of our LandRover ambulances who had accessed tracks via the Lead Mines Valley to Hempshaw Farm was the closest vehicle to the incident site, and was a short stretcher carry, so the decision was made to transfer by vehicle rather than using the air ambulance.

In total 24 members responded to this incident.

The team would like to wish the man a speedy recovery back to riding the West Pennine moors.