Alan’s Diary – Callout 13.8.09
Sat at home, eating my evening meal when my phone receives a callout text message. It was a remote RV and a grid reference I didn’t immediately recognise, so I grabbed a map and worked it out. It was at the top of the hill behind my house. I quickly rammed the last of my food down my neck, grabbed my gear and headed out of the house. As I am one of the team vehicle drivers, I called Darren, our team leader, to see if anyone had called to collect the Land Rovers. They were in the process of being loaded and would soon be on their way. I jumped in the car and drove round to the RV.
When I arrived at the location, I ended up at the back of a queue of a few team members’ cars. We were just driving down a rough track, when we saw an Air Ambulance leaving the scene. Apparently a woman had fallen from her horse and injured herself. The job had been passed to another Mountain Rescue team, who responded, and called us while they were en-route. By the time we arrived, they had assisted the Air Ambulance and the incident was over.
This is how things are in mountain Rescue. Some callouts you spend the evening on a dramatic search in blizzard conditions. Other callouts you miss your tea and aren’t needed anyway. I went home for my pudding!