At approximately 13:30 yesterday (24/06/20) the team were called out by the North West Ambulance Service to an injured 16 y/o who had sustained a lower leg injury on awkward terrain in Healey Dell, Whitworth.
Three members initially arrived on scene and it was evident the extraction would become somewhat tricky, with the access path being only about 50cm wide at best, and a 3m drop off in the river as well as slippy and lose rocks on the cliff edge above.
The casualty had sustained a nasty fracture dislocation of the right ankle but was stable and pain was managed.
Very quickly a plan was put in place to get backup from our colleagues Bolton Mountain Rescue Team, Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team and The Hazardous Area Response Team.
The team and our colleagues worked seamlessly to ensure the casualty was safe and a specialist rope rescue system was put in place to extricate the casualty safely, before a short stretcher carry along the path to the land ambulance. The casualty was taken to hospital for treatment and we all wish her the very best and hope for a speedy recovery.
There were approximately 25 – 30 members involved in this rescue totalling approximately 115 man hours in total.
We’d also like to add a note of thanks to the public. The incident was in a popular nature reserve and the when asked the public did keep their distance and were respectful of the the job we had to do.
Lastly thanks to our teammates at Bowland Pennine and Bolton for their support. It’s jobs like these where Mountain Rescue earns its reputation and all teams work together – top job guys!
The Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team is a fully voluntary organisation which responds to those in need in our local community. The Team is on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and relies entirely on donations from members of the public to carry out this essential life-saving rescue service.