At around 07:30 today (22/02/2022), the team was contacted to assist with a sheep that had become stranded at the bottom of a deep drainage ditch near Littleborough.
Although this is not the average job that ewe would expect a Mountain Rescue Team to attend, it became apparent that members of the public were going to attempt the rescue themselves without the proper equipment or training, so the decision was made to deploy the team to prevent unnecessary danger to the public.
Upon arrival, a dynamic risk assessment was undertaken to ensure the safety of our volunteers and through consultation with an RSPCA officer, our casualty too. We used a rope system to access, assess and ultimately secure the sheep, for it to be raised out to safety.
After further assessment by the farmer and RSPCA officer, the sheep returned home to its flock with a tale to tell.
All’s wool that end’s wool…
The Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team is a fully voluntary organisation that 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.
You can help with the work we do and support the team by texting ‘RPMRT’ to 70085 to donate £3 today.